Listening comprehension 4
I'm Helen Wartman, Director of the Wartman Sports Academy, a school that helps promising young athletes fulfill their dreams. We coach youngsters who want to swim faster than anyone else in the world and children who dream of running the marathon at the Olympic Games one day. I've coached many athletes in my life, going back to the day when the daughter of a friend announced she had entered for the long jump in an amateur athletics event. I enjoyed coaching her, and that was the start of my career.
I also became interested in sports medicine at about that time, when my nephew fell off his bike and hurt his back. He'd been a keen athlete before his accident, but unfortunately, he never really got over his injury sufficiently to get back into serious training. That's when I realize the importance of sports medicine, and the staff of the academy includes two doctors.
Perhaps at this point I should answer a question often asked by young people when they enroll the academy. How important is an athlete's build? Well, nobody can deny the build does matter, and one cannot hope to be a world-class long distance runner, say, if one is built like a weight-lifter. But other factors also play a vital role. For a start, good general health and fitness. These are important, even in sports where you might not think they are a priority. In shooting for instance, athletes have to be fit to lower their heart rate. This enables them to fire between heart beats and so achieve maximum accuracy.
At the academy, we encourage healthy eating habits. Without a proper diet, young athletes cannot achieve their optimum physic, nor will they have the energy for training. Then there's the role of technology in sports. These days, athletes cannot compete successfully at the highest level without access to state-of-the-art equipment. I've already mentioned sports medicine, and it goes without saying that young athletes need to be able to consult specialists in case of an injury. But above all, at the academy, we stress the importance of attitude. Without the will to succeed, you may as well not bother to take up any sports seriously. In my opinion, it is this that is most important for our successful athlete.
Q16: What's Helen Wartman's job?
Q17: What was the start of her career?
Q18: About what do young people often ask when they enroll at her academy?
Q19: According to the speaker, how does an athlete achieve maximum accuracy in shooting?
Q20: What does the speaker stress in training at the academy?
在本篇文章中，Waltmen体育学院的院长Helen Waltmen介绍了她教练生涯的起点和对于运动医学(sports medicine)产生兴趣的时间和原因，并且指出了体形(build)等条件不同的运动员适于从事不同的运动项目，最后强调了饮食(diet)、先进设 备(state-of-the-art equipment)、运动医学(sports medicine)，特别是态度(attitude)对于运动员获得成功的重要性。
文章后问题的答案在文中都有明确的提示，如that was the start of my career，a question often asked by young people，we stress the importance of attitude等，考生只要抓住这几个提示点就不难选出正确答案。