Sports Idioms in English.1
Sports and Atheletics Vocabulary
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- England _____ South Korea _____
- Germany _____ Costa Rica _____
- Holland _____ USA _____
- Argentina _____ Austria _____
- Italy _____ Lithuania _____
- Philip Johnston
- Bruce Chappell
- Christian Bernhard
In golf, Brucke Chappell defends his European Open title at the St Andrew's course in Scotland. Carrying the Australian's golf clubs for him today will be 18-year-old Philip Johnston, the Junior Champion at St Andrew's. Christian Benhardt misses that tournament because of a wrist injury but you can hear full reports from St Andrew's throughout the day here on Radio 5. Tennis. World number one Marina Stieff has entered the Midland Bank Tournament at Brighton later this month. She'll be aiming for a record-breaking fourth triumph and is already favourite to take the first place.
- He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1963.
- He starred in the hit movie 'Space Jam'.
- He is 2m3cm tall.
- He is well-known for his endorsement of many consumer products.
- He retired from playing basketball in 1999.
Reading: (multiple matching)
Answer questions 1-14 by referring to the article about athletes. For questions 1-14, answer by choosing from the list (A-D) on the right below. Some of the choices may be required more than once.
Which althlete ...
- ran two long distance events in one Olympics
- nearly died between winning their first and second Olympic Games?
- won the competition despite intense suffering?
- would consciously do badly on certain occasions?
- suffered physical injury due to the lack of a common household item?
- had a third Olympic victory which seemed almost miraculous?
- has impressed the writer by their courage as much as their continuing athletic achievement?
- won his Olympic event more than three times?
- ignored their doctor's advice?
- was believed to be too badly injured to return to competitive athletics?
- ran in conditions that they were quite unused to?
- in one competition thought everything depended on the first attempt?
- suffered physical injury during an opening ceremony?
- deliberately trained at an unusual time?
- Daley Thompson
- Al Oerter
- Ron Clarke
- Ana Quirot
THE BRAVEST ATHLETES IN THE WORLD
Oerter lived on the East Coast of the USA, a continent away from the Californian sunshine under which the majority of his competitors trained. But that was a minor inconvenience compared with the almost fatal car crash he survived between his 'surprise' Olympic gold at the age of 20 in Melbourne 1956 and his incredible triumph in Rome four years later, where he won again. But his victory in Tokyo in 1964 after a series of grave physical injuries was the sort of comeback which is normally associated with a visit to Lourdes*. After Rome, Oerter began to suffer from chronic cervical disc injury, which required him to wear a neck brace. Undaunted, he continued to train and compete. If that wasn't bad enough, a week before Tokyo he tore a cartilage in his lower rib
Doctors advised six weeks' rest, but after a shot of Novocaine, and with an ice pack taped to his side (and his neck brace on), Oerter went out and set an Olympic record in qualifying. But in the final, he faced Ludvik Danek, who hadn't lost in 45 competitions. Oerter told a colleague, 'If I don't do it on the first throw, I won't be able to do it all.' He didn't do it on his first throw. Out of the medals after four attempts, he gave it everything he'd got on his fifth. Oerter was probably the only person in the stadium not watching the discus as it winged its way to another Olympic record - he was doubled up with pain. But he had won again as he did, albeit in less heroic circumstances, in the next Olympics.
* Lourdes: a small town in SW France considered by Roman Catholics to be a holy place. Many sick people go there to be cured.
It wasn't the first time that Clarke had been forced to withstand extreme pain in the pursuit of glory. When the Olympics were in Melbourne in 1956, Clarke, then the world's leading junior miler, was chosen to light the Olympic flame. But the torch had been overloaded with magnesium, and inextinguishable burning matter fell on the youngster's arm as he mounted the steps. Uncomplaining, he continued and duly lit the cauldron. He spent the rest of the ceremony having medical treatment.
In Mexico, Clarke returned later in the week to contest his other distance, the 5,000 metres. But the Aussie is convinced that the so heart condition, which he now suffers so badly that he can barely jog three kilometres without stopping, is a direct result of pushing himself to the limit.
Because soap powder can be difficult to get, clothes are often boiled in an alcoholic spirit. Quirot's wash literally exploded on the stove and into her face and body. She suffered third degree burns to much of her skin, lost her child and almost died. She spent months in hospital, followed by years of skin grafts, and the odds against her returning to athletics, let alone winning anything, seemed astronomical.
There was surprise when she resumed her training in early 1994, amazement when she turned out for the Pan-American Games later that year, and incredulity when she won the silver medal.
We ran out of superlatives the following year when Quirot not only returned to the highest level of competition, but won the World 800 metres title in Goteborg, in the fastest time of the year. Quirot was already a much admired athlete. But she has won many more fans, not simply by her comeback after such adversity, nor for her victories, but by the manner in which she has comported herself. Her willingness to face up to the camera with pride and defiance has been a source of inspiration to everyone who has encountered her.
Get the top one right first, then work down otherwise you'll mess up the ones you have already matched up correctly.
The shot put
A to produce the throw, score the goal etc, often unexpectedly , which results in a victory.
set a record
B an event where you try to throw a heavy metal ball as far as possible (Javalin is a kind of spear)
C An event where you to throw a heavy plate shaped object as far as possible.
D something that delays or prevent progress, or makes things worse than they were.
A come back
E doing well again after being absent or unsuccessful for a period of time
To pull out a winner
to run a race faster, jump further, etc., than anyone else ever has
The pursuit of glory
G the act of trying to achieve fame and honour in a determined way
A bronze medalist
H is Someone who has come third in a competition Eg The Olympics
I practising your event or sport again, after a period of absence
J Someone who failed to win a competition.
To resume training
K A competition including ten different sports.
glory decathlon setback pull resume put competitor bronze comeback set
- It was amazing. They ____out a winner by scoring in the last minute.
- After being 3-0 down they made an amazing ____and finally drew 3-3.
- Jack Reeves has ____a new world record for the second time this year.
- I will ____training as soon as my ankle injury has healed up.
- After many ____she will be entering her first major competition for some time in the summer.
- I'm afraid he was not very happy about being the ____medallist. He could only think of gold.
- Do you know the ten different events that make up the ____?
- It's the never-ending pursuit of ____which keeps these athletes training month after month.
- Don't you have to be pretty big to be good at the shot ____?
- Two of the ____failed to turn up for the race.
- Name a sportsperson who has had a number of setbacks in their career,
- Name a sportsperson who has made a comeback after a period of absence.
Problem Solving Task (Speaking)
- three expressions used to make an additional point
- three expressions used to indicate lack of complete agreement
- How important do you think it is that ordinary people take regular exercise?
- Do you think the way some people become dedicated fans of a particular team is healthy or unhealthy? Why?
- Is there any real difference, do you think, between watching sport on TV and actually going to the event?
- What are the potential problems for child athletes who dedicate themselves to their sport?
- Do you think there is any problem with the role of business and advertising in sport today?
- Do you think the Olympic Games is more than just a big sports competition?
Listening: no football for girlsDiscuss with other students. Do you think it is right that girls and boys should be separated in sports? If so, from what age should be separated? Do you think opportunities for boys and girls in general are equal these days? If not, why not?
- Bench press
- Chin ups
- Pull ups
- Star jumps
- You won't seen the notice saying that all tomorrow's events have been cancelled.
- She's about buy a new flat and move out of her parents'.
- Will you taking the binoculars with you to the match?
- What time is the match due kick off?
- It's impossible to know how fast people be running in a hundred years' time.
- They're on point of buying that empty land next to our house to turn into tennis courts.
- All students are assemble in front of the school for the awards ceremony.
- I thought Tim's parents were very hard on him. First they said he couldn't go out with his friends for a whole week and on top of that...
- It's true that, on the whole, Kylie is a lovely person. Having said that though ...
- This government has reduced both inflation and unemployment. At the same time, we do need to remember that ...
- You know that Derek broke the record despite appalling weather conditions. What's more ...
- Did you know that Mr Deacon said he would come and give us all extra lessons just before the exam? Not only that ...
Sports Holiday Letter of Complaint
It really sounds like the holiday didn't match up to all the things they promised in the ad. What a shame! I do think they ought to do something to make up for your bad experience, especially as you'd been looking forward to the holiday so much. lf I were you I'd complain to the Director.
By the way, my brother went on a similar kind of holiday this summer and he had a great time! So, if you want to know more about who he went with and so on - just let me know, OK?
Anyway, good luck with it all and let me know what happens!Love
- Say who you are and give your reason for writing.
- Group your complaints logically e.g. organisation of course, sports training, social events (you may not be able to refer to all of them in the number of words available).
- State what you want done as a result of your complaint.
I am writing as the result of my recent 2-week stay in Brighton on a LangSport Co. 'sports'break'
Unfortunately the holiday was .......
To begin with ......
As a result of this experience, I think it is only fair if you ......
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
- Mr Gomm is the person who _____ the shots in this company. (to be in a position of control or authority)
- Our company has _____ new ground with its latest range of laptop computer. (to do something completely different from what has been done before)
- We'll have to go away and cost this carefully, but as a _____ figure I'd say that it'll be about two million dollars. (a number which is a guess, but which you believe is near the correct number)
- When manufacturers refused to play _____ , the company stopped buying. (to agree to work with or help someone in the way they have suggested)
- I'd like to _____ off the discussion with a few statistics. (to start a discussion or activity)
- We'd almost signed the contract when the other guys moved the _____ and said they wanted more money. (to change the rules while someone is trying to do something in order to make it more difficult for them)
- To play _____ , I'd allow an extra ten minutes, just in case. (to be careful and not take risks)
- London company requires a _____ player committed to quality management. (someone who is good at working closely with other people)
- The improvement has been across the _____ , with all divisions either increasing profits or reducing losses. (happening or having an effect on people at every level and in every area)
- She is one of the front-_____ in the contest. (the person, animal or organization that is most likely to win something)
- The school budget is going to be cut again this year, but then that's _____ for the course. (it is not good but it is normal or as you would expect)
- After a disappointing first half, united moved up a _____ and took control of the game. (to noticeably start to do something better, especially in sport)
- It's coming down to the _____ to get these done on time. (right at the end)
- Andy is asking for a salary increase, and I'm going to go to _____ for him if the boss says no.(defend someone)
- The children hold all the _____ when it comes to the father-son baseball tournament. (expected to win or succeed)
- The first week on the job you will just be learning the _____ . (understand new things)
- The spelling bee is a level playing _____ because all of the kids are in grade nine. (everyone has an equal chance)
- You were way off _____ when you said Bill needed to lose weight. (not making a fair or true remark)
- We are on _____ to meet our budget this month. (doing the right thing to succeed)
- If they don't accept our offer this time we are going to throw in the _____ and look at houses elsewhere. (give up)