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滑板運動項目將在夏季奧運初試啼聲。 Skateboarding will make its debut appearance at the Summer Olympics.

瘋玩滑板 帥「翻」全場 One Kickflip to Rule Them All

In just a few decades, skateboarding has had an enormous cultural impact that can be seen around the world. It is not merely a sport; skateboarding can be an entire lifestyle. It is an activity for individuals, not teams, so every person has the chance to offer their own creative way to demonstrate what they think is cool and stylish. There are brands of clothing, shoes, boards, and even genres of music and art that are closely connected with the world of skateboarding.

滑板運動僅在幾十年內,就在全球帶來可觀的文化影響力。滑板不僅是一項運動,它也可以全然是種生活方式。滑板不是團體運動,而是個人的,因此每個人都有機會能用屬於自己的創意方式來展現他們所認為的酷和潮。有些服飾、鞋子和滑板品牌,甚至是音樂和藝術種類都與滑板界息息相關。

merely [ ˈmɪrlɪ ] adv. 僅僅,只是
stylish [ ˈstaɪlɪʃ ] a. 有風格的,時髦的

瘋玩滑板 帥「翻」全場 One Kickflip to Rule Them All

More importantly, the idea of skateboarding as an “outsider sport” has resulted in a close community of skaters who have made it their life’s work to give young people access to the world of skateboarding. The first famous skaters are still alive today, and many of them have started their own companies for merchandise, equipment, events, and entertainment.

更重要的是,滑板運動身為「局外者運動」這樣的概念促使滑板人之間形成了一個關係緊密的圈子,他們盡心盡力讓年輕人能接觸滑板的世界。第一批知名的滑板玩家現今仍在世,當中許多人開創了自己的事業,包含各種商品、配備、活動以及娛樂。

life’s work  傾注畢生心血的工作;畢生事業
merchandise [ ˈmɝtʃənˌdaɪz] n. 商品,貨品

瘋玩滑板 帥「翻」全場 One Kickflip to Rule Them All

In a recent study funded by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, it was found that small skater communities in the US are supporting the mental health of young people by offering them a safe place to relieve stress. Organizations like the Skatepark Project, founded by Hawk, aim to teach young people valuable life lessons that will be carried far beyond the skatepark.

在最近由滑板傳奇東尼‧霍克贊助的一項研究中發現,藉由提供青少年一個安全的場所來舒緩壓力,美國小規模的滑板圈給予了年輕人心理健康上的幫助。有些像是東尼‧霍克創立的 Skatepark Project 這樣的組織,致力於傳授給年輕人能帶到滑板場之外的寶貴人生經驗。

fund [ fʌnd ] vt. 提供資金,資助
relieve [ rɪˈliv ] vt. 緩和,減輕

 

袋滑板傳奇 Tony Hawk
如果你有在溜滑板,就不能不知道這位滑板界的傳奇—東尼‧霍克(Tony Hawk),他的地位就如同籃壇的 Michael Jordan 一般。他最出名的莫過於擔當首位在錄影中做出空中翻轉 900 度的滑板手。
東尼從六歲就開始玩滑板,他每天花六小時的時間練習,十四歲時已成為滑板選手。他的影響力造就了以他命名的電動遊戲,他甚至還自創了專屬滑板品牌相關商品。當然如文章中提到,他對青少年的公益付出也不遺餘力。滑板就是他的人生,去年五十二歲的他還在練習滑板中傷到了手指導致關節移位,還好最後醫生處理好傷勢,不過過程中剪斷了結婚戒指(希望回去不用跪算盤)。看了這麼拚的滑板傳奇大叔,是否有躍躍欲試的感覺呢?如果要嘗試的話,記得做好防護措施喔;或者看看東尼的影片過過乾癮也是個不錯的選項。

 

You Can Do This
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  1. Damian assured his girlfriend that he had (calmly / merely / gently) sprained his ankle.
  2. The hacker tried to gain (credit / status / access) to the rich man’s bank account .
  3. Vicky took some painkillers to (return / relieve / receive) her toothache.

 

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