Jiang competed on all four events, and qualified sixth to the all-around and eighth to the floor exercise final. China won the women's gymnastics team gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on Wednesday. Younger gymnasts are lighter and more supple than adult gymnasts, and have also been said to be more fearless when performing difficult manoeuvres. In the balance beam final, Li fell on her Rufolva, and while her high start value still got her a silver medal with a fall in the previous World Championships, it couldn't save her here. Somewhat controversially, she still medaled, winning the bronze behind North Korea's Hong Un-Jong and Germany's Oksana Chusovitina. Here's What The 2008 Women's Gymnastics Team Is Doing Today. Cheng competed on vault, beam, and floor, and qualified first to the vault and floor exercise finals, and fifth to the balance beam final. Originally, Jiang was meant to be in the vault lineup in the team final, but she was having problems putting her 2½ twisting Yurchenko vault to her feet, and was switched out in favor of Deng. by Matt Stopera. European and American athletes are all powerful, very robust. China's Jiang Yuyuan competes on the uneven bars during the women's team final of the artistic gymnastics event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on August 13, 2008. China's deputy sports minister has once more insisted that all the members of the Chinese gold-medal winning women's gymnastics team were old enough to take part in the Olympics. In 2010, the FIG erased Dong's scores, and the IOC stripped China of its team bronze for 2000 and from the 1999 World Championships. Consequently, there was frequent speculation that members of the Chinese women's gymnastics team were 14 years of age or under, violating the minimum age requirements of Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), the governing body of the sport, that requires gymnasts to be 16. China won a total of 100 medals, 51 gold, 21 silver, and 28 bronze, which became its largest ever medal tally in Olympic history. He scored a 16.725, which originally tied her for the gold with USA's Nastia Liukin. All three scores counted for the team score; the three scores on each apparatus were summed to give a final team score. The Chinese moved on to balance beam, one of their better events. She was visibly upset with her performance. From left: Cheng Fei, Yang Yilin, Li Shanshan, He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan, Deng Linlin. Li competed on beam and floor, and qualified first to the balance beam final. Jiang performed fourth but fell on her 2½ twisting Yurchenko, scoring a 14.825. File:U137P200T1D176717F16DT20080806231916.jpg, https://wagymnastics.fandom.com/wiki/Category:2008_Chinese_Olympic_Gold_Medal_Team?oldid=28031, Netherlands • Germany • Czechoslovakia • USSR • USSR • USSR • USSR • USSR • USSR •. Yang was in sixth at the end of the first rotation and Jiang was in thirteenth. In early 2008, Yang Yun, who won two bronze medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics, admitted on state-run television that she was 14 when she had competed. On August 17, 2008, China achieved its greatest ever Olympic performance when the women's table tennis team defeated Singapore in the final to claim the nation's 33rd gold medal, surpassing the previous best tally of 32 at Athens 2004. Having been satisfied with the proof of age received from the Chinese Gymnastics Association, the FIG ended the investigation on 1 October 2008, concluding that He and her teammates were eligible to compete. "It is not just this time. The year was 2008. Cheng, however, fell out of her triple turn and underrotated her fourth tumbling pass, sitting down. Gymnastics Preview: China to get limelight as top favorite for men's team gold 2008-08-12 08:47 Finalists of women's all-around at Olympic gymnastics 2008-08-11 00:30 Gymnastics Roundup: China atop Olympic women's qualification, U.S. 2008-08-11 00:17 The FIG accepted passport ages as valid proof and declared gymnasts eligible. The International Olympic Committee has asked gymnastics officials to look into whether China's women's gymnastics team used underaged competitors, an IOC spokeswoman said Friday. Today's China's day. China overcome an injury-ravaged United States team to clinch their first gymnastics women's team Olympic title. She scored a 15.450 to win China their first Olympic team gold medal. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), there are approximately 4.5 million artistic gymnasts in the United States, and 71% of them are female. Updated: 2008-08-13 12:20. She claimed to have been 17 in 2000, but worked as a technical official at the 2008 Games, and her certification gave a birthdate of 1986--which would have made her 14 years old in 2000. Cheng went up last. It was named "The Cheng" and given a 6.5 start value in the 2006-2008 Code of Points, same as the 2½ twisting Yurchenko. On 22 August 2008 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) instructed the FIG to investigate the allegations that He Kexin was under-age, and were asked to report back to the IOC later that day. BEIJING, Aug. 13, 2008 - The U.S. Olympic Team for women’s gymnastics claimed the team silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. CHINA - AUGUST 13: Members of the Chinese women gymnastics team celebrate with their gold medals after women's artistic gymnastic final during day five of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. In the uneven bars final, Yang scored a 16.650. Yang was the first to vault and scored a 15.100. Younger gymnasts are lighter and more supple than adult gymn… Despite a few balance checks, she scored a 15.425. Deng competed on all four events, but did not score high enough to qualify for the all-around or individual event finals. [Agencies]. Of those girls and women, approximately 67,000 compete in the US Junior Olympic program, while others participate in AAU, … China’s gymnastics team … On uneven bars, Jiang performed third and hit her routine to score a 15.875. They performed very well, finishing first on uneven bars and floor exercise as a team and second on vault and balance beam. She still scored a 15.150, her high difficulty keeping the score above 15. BEIJING — After the Chinese women's gymnastics team won its first-ever Olympic gold medal on Wednesday, its diminutive gymnasts celebrated on … BuzzFeed Staff. Johnson, Liukin and their 2008 U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics teammates were honored for the 10-year anniversary of their accomplishments, which included 10 … In a related story, Yang's teammate in 2000, Dong Fangxiao, was subsequently revealed to have lied about her age. 30th Oct, 2018. These are the medal winners in the women's gymnastics events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. USA's Shawn Johnson performs on the Balance Beam at the Women's Team Gymnastics Final at the National Indoor Stadium at the Summer Olympics in Beijing on August 13, 2008. On floor exercise, Jiang performed first. Access official results for the Beijing 2008 Volleyball event volleyball women at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games Olympics, plus view video highlights of top performances. The Chinese team qualified first to the team final. But Chinese athletes... are by nature that small." USA Gymnastics is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of gymnastics in the United States, consistent with the Ted Stevens Olympic & Amateur Sports Act, the Bylaws of the United States Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation. Cheng scored 15.950, much improved from the team final, and won the bronze behind USA's Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin. Swift criticized the IOC for "spend[ing] millions of dollars trying to ferret out drug cheats [while ignoring] allegations of institutionalized cheating" by the Chinese government. She scored a 15.000 and won the bronze behind USA's Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson. While the FIG investigation was in progress, the IOC indicated reshuffling of the medals was unlikely. The combo shows Team China competing in the women's qualification round for the Artistic Gymnastics at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 10, 2008. Jiang finished sixth. Deng Linlin and He Kexin were new additions to the team. Though no one debated if China was the best team that day, many questions arose about the age of the athletes on the Chinese team. This was a game the Chinese were going to win regardless. Cheng's teammate Deng Linlin and Li Shanshan went through the tough  psychological test and enabled the Chinese team to surpass the United States by one point before the fourth rotation. She had a couple low landings on her passes and fell out of her triple turn, scoring a 14.775. During the Olympics, media focused their attention on He, Yang, Jiang, and Deng. Chinese coach Lu Shanzhen explained that Chinese competitors had for years all been small. The Chinese then moved to uneven bars, their best event. On balance beam, Jiang performed second. Sportswriter E.M. Games of the 29th Olympiad Women's Artistic Gymnastics Beijing (CHN) August 8-24, 2008 Finals Women Teams Final - 2008 Aug 13 China wins women's gymnastics team Olympic gold Gymnastics Artistic play Please note that because a number of anti-doping rules violations procedures are still in progress – including procedures involving medalists further to the results of the retesting programmes carried out on the samples collected in Beijing 2008 and London 2012- the information contained in the list is not final This team is similar to the Magnificent 7, as they won their first team title on home soil. Romania's Sandra Izbasa took the gold, and USA's Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin took silver and bronze, respectively. The girls of China's 2008 gymnastics team made up perhaps the most controversial team at the Beijing Olympics with their "oh no, they cannot be 16 years old" faces and physiques. Beijing - Chinese women gymnasts won their first ever Olympic team gold medal in Wednesday's final of the Beijing Olympic Games, making a historic breakthrough expected by China for decades. The Olympic team title on Wednesday was unprecedented since the Chinese team was set up more than 50 years ago. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Cheng was named captain of the team. Doha, Qatar. Yang performed sixth and scored a 16.725, the highest score of the night. They had the highest start values of any other team in the competition, which allowed them to win even with Cheng falling on balance beam. Jiang went up first and hit her routine well to score a 15.975. In the floor exercise final, Jiang performed well and scored a 15.350. He competed on vault and uneven bars, and qualified sixth to the uneven bars final. Members of team China line up before the women's team final at the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, capital of Qatar, Oct. 30, 2018. Credit: Nikku/Xinhua/Alamy Live News It is a question of race. She scored 15.300 and placed sixth. Chinese gymnast Yang Yilin practices floor exercise at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, Aug. 7, 2008. These gymnasts were a member of the Chinese gold medal-winning team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Deng stuck her double twisting Yurchenko and scored a 15.250. Jiang finished fourth, just outside the medals. She scored a 14.550 and finished seventh. The Chinese Olympics Gymnastics team is no stranger to controversy. IOC president Jacques Rogge said that FIG had demanded "birth certificates and all the documents like family books, entries in schools and things like that." They were in third place heading into the second rotation behind Russia and the United States. Yang went up next and scored a 16.800. Deng went up first on floor and performed her routine wonderfully to score a 15.150. "Claiming the gold in Beijing is very exciting. With deafening cheers and applause, leading Chinese gymnast Cheng Fei finished her routine in the last event of floor exercise in 15.450 points, nailing the gold for the hosts who totaled 188.900. He, in particular, was a specialist on uneven bars with an incredibly difficult routine. STUTTGART, Germany, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Despite finishing fourth at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, the Chinese women's team is focusing on the Tokyo Olympics. The competition kicked off at 10:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) in the National Indoor Stadium. Yang was in second heading into the last rotation and Jiang was in fifth. China went to the last rotation still in first place. On 23 August, further pressure led the FIG to request additional documentation on five of the six athletes on the Chinese team. Chinese authorities presented passport information to show that they were 16 years old as of 2008. Previously, they have gotten into trouble over the age of their gymnasts. Smith wins historic GB bronze Louis Smith wins bronze in the men's pommel horse - Great Britain's first Olympics gymnastics medal in 80 years. In the vault final, Cheng was the favorite for the gold until she fell on her own "Cheng" vault. China is the strongest team in the world," said Lu Shanzhen, head coach of the Chinese women's team. She became known for her excellent execution of the 2½ twisting Yurchenko, and submitted her own vault to the FIG: a round-off, half-on, 1½ twist off. He went up last and performed her routine wonderfully to score a 16.850, one of the highest scores of the evening. The Chinese wound up with six medals, two gold and four bronze. Xinhua The combo shows Team China competing in the women's qualification round for the Artistic Gymnastics at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 10, 2008. Women’s artistic gymnastics is the most popular form of gymnastics in the United States. This time, they might be walking on a razor’s edge regarding the age of their female Gymnastics team. Cheng went up next and put up a 16.000 for her 2½ twisting Yurchenko. What began as whispers among the media and gymnastics insiders weeks ago about the ages of three of China's female Olympic gymnasts -- Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yilin and He Kexin -- has grown into ear-shattering, head-hurting shouts. However, a tie breaker was induced to declare a single gold medalist. She scored a 15.200. The US team, who dethroned the Chinese contingent in the World Championships last year, had been tipped to repeat the glory in Beijing. Jiang went up next and absolutely sold her routine, really playing to the home crowd with her music and choreography. The Chinese performed in the first subdivision, alongside Romania. Of the team, only Cheng Fei had competed at an Olympic Games before, in Athens. Chinese claimed their first world women's team title in the 2006 World Championships in Arhus, Denmark. The execution scores were broken down and the gold medal was awarded to He. Yang competed on all four events, and qualified third to the all-around and first to the uneven bars final. From left to right are Cheng Fei, Yang Yilin, Li Shanshan, He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan and Deng Linlin. Eight years has happened, people! China named its Olympic women’s gymnastics team on Friday, and the inclusion of at least two athletes has further raised questions, widespread in … Age: 15 Hometown: Grain Valley, MO China Kara will be competing on the beam at World’s. After the Americans made several mistakes on beam and floor, the Chinese performed last on floor exercise, knowing exactly what they needed in order to win. The New York Times claimed that official media and some official Web sites in China, including that of the State General Administration of Sport, listed Chinese gymnasts' details which indicated that He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan and Yang Yilin may have been as young as 14. She was also a member of the Chinese team at the 2006 World Championships, where they won their first World team gold medal, and at the 2007 World Championships along with Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan, and Li Shanshan, where the Chinese won the silver medal behind the United States. Having qualified first to the team final, the Chinese went first on vault. China's Cheng fell from the beam when she was the first to compete, inviting a chorus of sighs from spectators. In 2008, China won its first ever team gold medal in women's gymnastics in impressive fashion, beating the second-place US team 188.900-186.525. Qualified teams Edit Main article: Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's artistic qualification Individual Score All-Around Nastia Liukin, USA 63. Gymnastics Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. After Athens, she became incredibly successful, winning three straight vault titles at the 2005, 2006, and 2007 World Championships, as well as a World floor exercise title in 2006. Yang entered the third rotation in first and Jiang in sixth. Li went up next and scored a 16.050. Deng went up next and despite a few tiny mistakes scored a 15.925. She put her beam fall out of her mind and lived her routine, getting emotional just as her music ended. Yang won the bronze. "The performance of the Chinese team is remarkable. Cheng went up first and surprisingly fell on her tucked full. After we made two mistakes, it was really hard for us to catch up," said US head coach Qiao Liang. Defending Olympic champion Romania took the bronze with 181.525 points. The U.S. women finished with 186.525 points to earn their second consecutive Olympic team silver medal. Kara is a two-time member of the National Gymnastics Team… Yang performed fifth with a well executed routine and scored a 15.750. The silver went to the United States which collected 186.525 points. Full results of all the 2008 Summer Olympics artistic gymnastics events from Beijing, China on ESPN.com. Yang performed fourth with a beautifully expressive routine that had one minor error. Their routines' difficulty in the beam was higher than the US members, giving them an advantage to claim the gold. They entered the second rotation in first place. In response, Chinese officials claimed the discrepancies for He Kexin were caused by paperwork errors when the gymnast switched teams. In the all-around, Yang performed first on vault and scored a 15.175. 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