Meet He Kexin, a Chinese gymnast. See photos, video and a biography of He below.
He Kexin was named to be part of the 2008 Olympic Chinese Gymnastics team last week, but now there are reports that have surfaced that her actual age is in question. On the Chinese website, Chengdu Sports Bureau, a file from January 2006 cites Kexin’s date of birth as January 1, 1994, which would make her 14 years old, too young to compete in the Olympics. You must be 16 years old to be eligible to participate in the Olympics.
Another report, a story dated May 23rd, 2008 in the China Daily newspaper, does state her age as 14.
The question of Kexin’s age was brought up by The New York Times, which ran a story about the issue on Saturday. Chinese officials presented a copy of Kexin’s passport to the paper to prove that she is 16.
As a biography, He Kexin was born in Beijing, China. It is unclear what year. Kexin joined the Chinese National Team in 2007, after she won the uneven bars event at the Chinese City Games. At her first international meet, the World Cup in Doha, she had an impressive score of 16.550 on the uneven bars, which at that time was the highest score set on the uneven bars under the Code of Points. This past May, she set a new record of 17.300 on the uneven bars.
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