Chinese Gymnast Dong Fangxiao Stripped of Olympic Medal

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Ten years later, the United States' women's gymnastics team will receive the Olympic bronze medal after China was stripped of theirs for forging a teammate's age.

In order to compete at the Olympics, gymnasts must be at least 16 years old in that Olympic year. Dong Fangxiao (left), a Chinese athlete, claimed to be old enough to compete in the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, but when she completed paperwork to be an official at the 2008 Beijing Games, the numbers weren't adding up. The International Olympic Committee began investigating and found Dong was only 14 when China placed third in women's gymnastics.

In addition to losing the bronze, all of Dong's scores were erased from the record books.
Dominique Dawes was part of the 2000 U.S. team and says, "I could have never imagined getting another Olympic medal at 33 years old, so it's great to hear the news and that justice prevailed. I'm thrilled that my teammates and I, 10 years later, will finally be able to enjoy the medal we deserved."

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