Feb 132014

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The 2014 Winter Olympics is taking place in Sochi, Russia. It’s the most expensive Olympic Games ever.
For world-class athletes it’s a chance to perform to the best of their ability and win that gold medal for their country. And many of them are choosing new technology to help them improve their speed. Rob and Finn discuss the role of new technology at the Sochi Olympics and explain some sports-related vocabulary.

One winter sport event in this Olympics is the biathlon. It involves competitors doing two things but what are they? Are they:

a) Cross-country skiing and rifle shooting
b) Downhill skiing and rifle shooting
c) Cross-country skiing and swimming


6 Minute English - Technology at the Winter Olympics

Vocabulary and definitions
go for gold: to try to get the best result possible
athletes: people who are good at sport and particularly take part in sporting competitions
give (someone) a helping hand: help someone
modelling: designing and planning (here, using a computer programme)
personal best: the best result you have ever achieved
an advantage: something that makes one person more likely to succeed than another
durability: staying in good condition for a long time despite constant use
slalom: a race, in which people move around a series of poles, turning first one way and then the other (usually skiing)
snow-plough: (here) a type of turn or move done when skiing
freestyle: using any type of move you want to
moguls: piles of snow you jump over when skiing
artificial: made by people and used instead of something natural (for example: fake snow)
hurtle: move very quickly without much control

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