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Karolyi says age limit would rob gymnasts of golden opportunity

Updated: August 10, 2008, 9:37 AM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

BEIJING -- It doesn't take a whole lot to fire up Bela Karolyi.

Those who've watched the Romanian-born gymnastics coach stalk the sidelines of Olympic competitions will attest to that fact. But one topic had him particularly heated as he watched warm-ups before the women's gymnastics qualifiers Sunday afternoon at National Indoor Stadium: the Olympic age limit imposed in 1997. Karolyi wants the requirement done away with because, he says, it robs athletes of some of their best ...

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