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South Korean Jang Mi-ran, who won weightlifting gold at the Beijing Olympics, says that after struggling with her weight as a teenager, being an athlete has made her happy with her 275 lbs. "I used to think that my size was a flaw before I started weightlifting," said Jang. "But after I started weightlifting, that has…

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After much controversy and speculation, the Fédération Internationale de Gymanastique has found that the Chinese gymnastics team in the Beijing Olympics were all of age. However, officials from FIG are continuing their investigation into the ages of Chinese gymnasts who competed in the 2000 Games in Sydney. Dong…

Last Friday's Houston Chronicle profiled the silent player in women's gymnastics: the super-tight,skin-stretching ponytail. "When I'm doing my tricks, my hair doesn't whack me in the face," says 11-year-old gymnast Lindsey Stone, while other young gymnasts talk about the importance of wetting the hair, using pins and…

Swimmer Jessica Hardy, 21, is the first American athlete who qualified for the Beijing Olympics to test positive for a banned substance, the AP is reporting. An anonymous source leaked the info, said that the banned substance was a stimulant and that both Hardy's "A" sample and back up sample tested positive for the…

The organizing committee of the Beijing Olympics is on the prowl for women to place the awards around athletes' necks during medal ceremonies. According to Reuters, the committee requires that women must be between the ages of 18 and 25, between 66 and 70 inches tall, have "good" figures, and be enrolled in a…

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