The crying Games 哭泣運動會

更新時間 2012年 8月 10日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間13:35
Felix Sanchez

He couldn't hold back his emotions.

媒體英語會帶大家一起學習 BBC 撰稿人在報道世界大事時常用到的單詞和短語。

看來奧林匹克運動會可以被重新命名為哭泣運動會了:2012倫敦奧運會的流淚場面就充分顯示了這一點。BBC記者 Beth McLeod有以下報道:

As the national anthem of the Dominican Republic played, Felix Sanchez cried uncontrollably. The winner of the 400 metre hurdles took deep breaths, trying to regain his composure, but his bottom lip continued to wobble and his tears continued to flow. He is not the only one to have shown his soft side at London 2012. Countless athletes across all disciplines have been weeping on podiums. Former Olympic table tennis player Matthew Syed says this wellspring of emotion is understandable.

Matthew Syed, Former Olympic table tennis player:

This is one of the great joys of the Olympics. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience emotional intensity, for us as viewers, for the athletes too. And when you deconstruct what they」ve gone through to get to this the stage; the sacrifices, all of the hardships, the ambitions, the neurosis, that is bound up in that moment, you can kind of understand why it gets too much for them.

All that pressure leads to tears of despair as well. The Chinese weightlifter, Wu Jingbao, said he was ashamed for disgracing the motherland after failing to win gold. And the Olympic hosts - famed for their stiff upper lip - have been choking up along with the best of them. The British Olympic champions Victoria Pendleton, Chris Hoy, and Jess Ennis, all wept openly as they collected their medals.

Quiz 聽力測試

What music was being played when Felix Sanchez cried uncontrollably?

The national anthem of the Dominican Republic.

What does the phrase 「soft side」 mean in the following sentence? 「He is not the only one to have shown his soft side at London 2012.」

Emotional side.

A or B? When you deconstruct something you A: analyse it. B: demonstrate it.

A. analyse it.

People from which nation are famous for their stiff upper lip?

Great Britain.

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