This has been in my drafts for a while and I’m seeing the NBC 2008 UB medal ceremony going around again, so I might as well post this now that I’ve finished editing this with more HQ screenshots.
“the chinese cheated, are underage, and should be stripped of their gold medals!!! they look like they should still be in their diapers and they’re little babies (actual words spoken by marta and bela karoyli)!!! one even has a baby tooth!!!”
Here’s a documentary with footage from 2003 where you can see hopefuls for the 2008 Olympics training. Deng Linlin is shown training on the uneven bars @ 0:52. Jiang Yuyuan is shown stating her name and age @ 1:21. They totally thought to lie about their ages back in 2003!
Deng Linlin also had this same “baby tooth” four years later in 2012. She was totally 8 in Beijing and 12 in London then!
Anyways, it turns out it wasn’t a baby tooth, but was actually a really crooked tooth. She got it fixed with braces after retiring.
all this asac talk has me thinking about beijing but honest to god, if shawn and nastia hadnt been so immensely talented as individual gymnasts in their own rights, team usa would have been SO fucked lmao. sam was injured. chellsie too. bridget sloan was a toddler frankly, AND she was coming off an injury earlier in the season iirc?? asac imploded, we all remember that. like i know ive complained about beijing being the Shawn and Nastia show before (and thats why its one of my least faves to watch) but man they REALLY carried that team, even more than everyone was already expecting them to.
After the disappointment of being named an alternate for the 2004 Olympics, the joy of becoming the 2005 World All Around Champion, and then the frustration of suffering a major shoulder injury during 2006 which took a year to rehabilitate, Chellsie Memmel receives a standing ovation for her now famous floor routine after being the final performer at the 2008 Olympic Trials. (x)