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You're never too young! 永遠不嫌年輕!

Cole Marsolek water-skis across Tainter Lake in the US state of Wisconsin.柯爾•馬索雷滑水橫越美國威斯康辛州的潭塔湖。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

Do you like playing sports? What about water sports? Water sports are even more fun than regular sports, especially during the summer!

The little boy in this picture is being pulled behind a boat on a lake. He's training for a water sport called water-skiing. When you water-ski, you usually have two different skis, one for each foot. This little boy is practicing on a training-ski. No wonder! He's only 22 months old!

Most people wait until they are much older to try water-skiing, because it's not easy to do. This little boy has been skiing for over a month, and his parents are very proud!

Water-skiing is not the only sport you can do while being pulled behind a boat. Many people use a board like the one this boy is using called a kneeboard. But kneeboarders don't stand; they kneel on their knees. This sport is called kneeboarding, and the people who do it can do flips, jumps and all kinds of amazing things.

Some people like to use one board, but they stand instead of kneel. The board they use is longer and thinner, and they stand sideways on it. This sport is called wakeboarding, and the people who play it can do all kinds of crazy tricks, jumps and flips just like kneeboarders. 



(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)

你喜歡運動嗎?水上運動呢?水上運動比一般運動更有趣,特別是在夏天。

湖上有一艘船拉著照片中的小男孩,他正接受一種叫滑水的水上運動訓練。滑水時,通常有兩個不同的滑水板,一腳一個,這個小男孩是在訓練用的滑水板上練習,難怪,他只有二十二個月大。

因為不易上手,多數人會等年紀稍長才嘗試滑水,這名小男孩已滑水超過一個月,他的父母感到非常驕傲。

滑水不是唯一以船拖曳的運動,許多人用這名小男孩使用的滑板,它叫跪式滑水板。跪式滑水者不站立,而是採取跪姿。這項運動叫做跪式滑水,滑水者能做空翻、跳躍和各式各樣驚奇的動作。

有些人喜歡用一個滑水板,但他們站立而不跪著,所使用的滑水板較細長,而且站立在滑水板一側。這種運動叫做寬板滑水,滑水者會使出各種瘋狂的招數─跳躍和空翻,就像跪式滑水者一樣。

(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. especially adv.

特別地 (te4 bie2 di5)

例: I love to read, especially books about horses or dinosaurs.

(我喜歡閱讀,特別是有關馬或恐龍的書籍。)

2. train v.i./v.t.

訓練 (xun4 lian4)

例: I trained my dog to shake my hand and roll over.

(我訓練我的狗握我的手和翻滾。)

3. flip n.

空翻 (kong1 fan1)

例: Most people have to practice to be able to do a flip, but it's easy underwater.

(多數人得透過練習才能做空翻,但是在水裡不難辦到。)


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