A quick look at the Chinese pre-pubescent girl's gymnastics team, with the new 'flexible birthday feature' makes one wonder if the anti-doping overlord hasn't emerged into the 2008 Olympics. We wondered if these girls qualify for kindergarten this year in Ohio?
US Olympic coach Bela Karolyi isn't the least bit pleased.
This girls gymnastic team seems incredibly young. One wonders about the anti-doping. Like delaying puberty with a drug such as metformin, or histrelin, or even gene-doping. Intense exercise can delay puberty too.
Low-dose metformin treatment over four years was associated with later menarche, half as much fat mass gain, and less insulin resistance among low birthweight girls who developed pubic hair before age eight, Lourdes Ibanez, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Barcelona in Spain, reported at the Endocrine Society meeting.
The drugs inhibit the hypothalamic release of gonadotropins, thus delaying those nasty things from puberty such as weight gain, expanded pelvic bones, increased fat, breasts, and menstruation. Cute, huh? Like the team.
Salon discusses this:
Nellie Kim, a five-time Olympic gold medalist for the former Soviet Union, says it's because they're lighter and more fearless, which allows them to perform more difficult maneuvers. Kim was 23 when she competed in her final Olympics in 1980, where she won two golds.
The Vienna Boys Choir once used 'castration' to keep those young voices high. Why not keep those gymnasts young?
The Chinese coach is no dummy. Here is his quote:
The Chinese coach, Lu Shanzen smartly responded, "If you think our girls are little because of looks, then maybe you should think the Europeans and Americans are strong because of doping."