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Lift - Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skaters Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue

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Lift - Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skaters Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue English, baby! Video Lesson
托举— 冬奥会金牌得主花滑运动员赵宏博和申雪

Date: Feb 22 2010

Themes: Romance, Sports

Grammar: Count and Noncount Nouns

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Figure skating has brought love, fame, and now an Olympic gold medal to China’s Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo.

Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo began skating together in 1992 and won many competitions during their long career. In 2007, Zhao Hongbo proposed to Shen Xue at the World Championships. After that, the pair retired from skating to enjoy their new married life. But they found that there was still something missing: an Olympic gold medal.

As they stood on the podium in Vancouver, Shen Xue had a big smile on her face and Zhao Hongbo gave his wife a sweet kiss on her forehead. The pair had finally won the biggest prize in figure skating.

One important element in pairs figure skating is the lift. Find out the different meanings of this word from Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo themselves, who recently talked with Jason.

中国运动员申雪和赵宏博因花样滑冰而相恋,并成为家喻户晓的明星,现在他们终于圆了自己的奥运冠军梦。
申雪和赵宏博于 1992 年开始一起练习花样滑冰,在漫长的运动生涯中赢得了无数的冠军头衔。2007 年,赵宏博在世界锦标赛上向申雪求婚。此后,这对情侣退出花滑比赛开始享受新婚生活。但是,他们发现自己仍然心存遗憾:一枚奥运会金牌。
当他们站在温哥华冬奥会的最高领奖台上时,申雪脸上露出灿烂的笑容,赵宏博则在妻子的额头上深情一吻。这对情侣终于赢得了花滑运动的最高奖项。
在花样滑冰双人滑中,托举是一个重要元素。申雪和赵宏博最近接受了詹森的采访,让我们看看“托举”这个词对二人有何不同含义。

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Xue

Xue

Hongbo

Hongbo

Jason

Jason

Jason:  I’m Jason and this is English, baby! We’re here at the Trout Lake Centre, where the figure skaters practice for the 2010 Olympic Games. We’re about to meet Shen Xue (申雪) and Zhao Hongbo (赵宏博), this year’s gold medalists. Zhao Hongbo (赵宏博) is going to explain what it means to lift, and if we’re lucky, he’ll show us too.

Jason:  Can you tell us what is a lift when you’re skating?

Hongbo:  I know lift, yeah. Our long program used three elements that were lifts.

Jason:  Can you just show us a lift? Alright. A lift! Wow. OK.

Hongbo:  Yeah. Just to lift Xue.

Jason:  Their gold medal program was almost completely flawless, but during one lift it looked like Shen Xue (申雪) was going to fall. She says that lots of practice and experience enabled her to hold on and win the gold.

Jason:  In your gold medal performance, there was one lift that almost didn’t work, but you saved it. How did you do that? How did you save that lift?

Xue:  More practice.

Jason:  More practice.

Xue:  Yeah.

Jason:  Experience.

Jason:  And so, do you guys like to drive yourselves or do you like to catch a lift? To catch a lift means to be driven somewhere.

Hongbo:  Myself. Yeah.

Xue:  Yeah.

Jason:  Outside of an ice skating rink, lift is slang for ride. If you catch a lift somewhere, it means that you got a ride, that someone drove you. In figure skating, a lift is when the male skater picks up the woman and holds her in the air.

Jason:  Thank you so much. Can I get a high-five? English, baby! Alright. Thank you very much.

Jason:  Zhao Hongbo (赵宏博) just lifted Shen Xue (申雪) above his head. She explained that during their gold medal performance, when she almost fell during a lift, she was able to stay on because of experience. She had practiced enough to know what to do and she hung in there and won the gold. They had to catch a lift and take off to their final performance tonight, a demonstration for their fans. This is English, baby!

 

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Jason meets Olympic gold medalists Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo (赵宏博) at the figure skating practice center in Vancouver. The pair teaches Jason what a lift is in figure skating. It is when the man lifts the woman over his head and holds her in the air. The lift is one of the elements that all the skaters in the competition must perform.

There was a scary moment during Shen Xue (申雪) and Zhao Hongbo’s (赵宏博) routine when it looked like Shen Xue (申雪) might fall out of the lift. But she and Zhao Hongbo (赵宏博) are some of the most experienced skaters around, so they knew how to save the lift.

Outside of figure skating, to catch a lift means to get a ride somewhere. After talking to Jason, Shen Xue (申雪) and Zhao Hongbo (赵宏博) catch a lift to their next performance.

Do you like to watch pairs figure skating? Do you enjoy seeing the lifts, or do you like it better when the skaters do jumps and spins? Do usually catch a lift from someone else, or do you prefer to drive yourself?

 

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jualobatnet

Indonesia

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he says “guys”


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jualobatnet

Indonesia

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06:37 PM Feb 09 2017 |

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Indonesia

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aryan99

aryan99

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I love to catch a lift

12:37 AM Sep 15 2011 |

mossavi

mossavi

Afghanistan

that was great,dude

01:26 AM Apr 25 2010 |

bkry

bkry

Sudan

it’s nice ithink

09:27 AM Mar 19 2010 |

lakshij

Sri Lanka

hm skating – cool game and i love that

10:20 AM Mar 18 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I think pretty cool and exciting figure skating and some performances are very romantics :) All the elements are amazing since jumps and spins till lifts :)

01:38 PM Mar 16 2010 |

timatimka

timatimka

Russian Federation

Yeah, the figure skating is very popular sport's show in Russia. How Romio79 said we like that TV show.

07:10 AM Mar 07 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

other word i use like catch a lift—drop off

saludos.

01:44 PM Mar 04 2010 |

tethkar

Saudi Arabia

an enjoyable lesson , it was good to learn slang .

best wishes for all

10:53 AM Mar 03 2010 |

Suevier

Suevier

China

 

the reporter says "guys"

"y'all"

08:13 PM Feb 28 2010 |

Suevier

Suevier

China

this reporter is from north of th US?

he says "guys"

"y'all"

08:03 PM Feb 28 2010 |

Suevier

Suevier

China

this reporter is from north of th US?

he says "guys"

"y'all"

08:00 PM Feb 28 2010 |

Suevier

Suevier

China

this reporter is from north of th US?

he says "guys"

"yall"

07:59 PM Feb 28 2010 |

Romio79

Romio79

Russian Federation

Figure skating is rather popular hear in Russia. It's so popular that sometimes we have shows with figure skating on central TV channels. In these shows the pairs formed from celebrities (movie actors and actresses, singers, etc.) and proffesional figure-skaters compete with each other. Of cause they do not do all difficult elements (but they do lifts for example). Some of the participants have never skated by themselves before the show. So they had to train hard during the competition which continues for several months. But at last their figure skating is really beautiful and imressive because of the unity of actors and skaters professional skills.      

01:46 AM Feb 28 2010 |

Xiaofei

Xiaofei

China

The lift is very perfect. I like it,it's good!

08:23 AM Feb 27 2010 |

nuna2300

nuna2300

Thailand

I like this lesson..It's good

08:24 PM Feb 26 2010 |

freedom010

Saudi Arabia

I love this vido

it is enjoy

I like go to there 

 

04:53 PM Feb 26 2010 |

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