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  • 12:26 PM ET  08.13

By Larry Burke

Usually if an athlete is fudging his or her age, it's a Danny Almonte-type-deal -- an older player trying to gain an advantage by lopping off a few years. But China's female gymnasts, who won the gold medal in Wednesday's Olympic team competition, are facing the opposite accusation: That as much as half their team is younger than the minimum age of 16. What's the big deal? The U.S. lost to the Chinese fair and square, regardless of age. Would there be any questions had the U.S. held on and won the gold? I doubt it. 

What's your opinion of this controversy? Does it taint China's victory? Should the IOC have investigated the allegations more thoroughly? And with young athletes such as 14-year-old British diver Tom Daley competing in these Games, does gymnastics even need an age minimum?

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