What Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen has accomplished so far at this Olympics -- not simply winning the 400-meter individual medley gold but shaving five seconds off her personal best and splitting her final 50 freestyle faster than Ryan Lochte -- winner of the men's race -- really is "unbelievable."
Of course, the veteran US swimming coach who said this meant unbelievable in the "she must be doping and cheating" way. I say this in the "wow, I cannot believe a female swimmer did that" kind of way.
I just do not have the stomach for accusing-intimating-whispering a 16-year-old girl is a steroid cheat simply because she swam crazy fast, and certainly not in the face of Tuesday's news that Ye passed every drug test.
Let me ask this: If what Ye did was unbelievable, disturbing and demanding of an explanation, what then of a 41-year-old woman swimming 50 meters of freestyle faster than all but one person in the world four years ago? Or damn near qualifying for another Olympics at 45 -- fort...