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新视野大学英语读写教程第一册unit5-b The Last Dive at the Olympics




Section B

The Last Dive at the Olympics

I climbed the ladder, heard my dive announced, and commenced the moves that would thrust me into the air. Pushing off the diving board with my legs, I lifted my arms and shoulders back, and knew immediately I would be close to the board and might hit my hands. I tried to correct myself as I turned, spreading my hands wide apart. Then I heard a strange sound and my body lost control. Moments later I realized I had hit my head on the board.
Initially, I felt embarrassment. I wanted to hide, to get out of the pool without anyone seeing me. Next I felt intense fear. Had I cut my head? Was I bleeding? Was there blood in the pool? Swimming to the side, I noticed many shocked faces. People were worried about my head; I was worried about something far more threatening. An official examined my head. In haste, I pushed him away, and everyone else who approached me. "Don't touch me!" I felt like screaming. "Get away from me!"
These were the trials for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Until this dive, I had been ahead. But now, something else was more significant than winning. I might have endangered other divers' lives if I had spilled blood in the pool. For what I knew — that few others knew — was that I was HIV-positive.
According to my mother, my natural parents were Samoan and only teenagers when I was born, so they gave me up for adoption. When I was only eighteen months old, I started gym classes. At ten, I explored doing gym exercises off the diving board at the pool.
Because of my dark skin, kids at school called me names; I often got mugged coming home from school. My diving made me feel good about myself when my peers made me feel stupid. In the seventh grade, I started taking drugs.
At sixteen, I knew I had a shot at the 1976 Olympics. At the trials, one month prior to the finals, I took first place on the ten-meter platform and on the springboard! This was surprising because I had trained mostly on the platform. In the finals, I won the silver medal for the platform. Unfortunately, I wasn't happy. Instead, I felt I failed because I hadn't won the gold. After that, I started training with Ron O'Brien, a well-known Olympic diving coach. Ron understood me and assisted my working more intensely. I soon became the international leader in diving. In the 1984 Olympics, I won two gold medals, one for platform, one for springboard. This was an enjoyable triumph.
No one knew then I was gay, except Ron and a few friends. I feared being hated if people found out. Four years later, while preparing for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, I learned my partner had AIDS. I had to accept I might be HIV-positive or have AIDS, too. When my HIV test results returned positive, I was shocked and confused. Was I dying? Was my shot at the '88 Olympics vaporized? What should I do? During this very difficult time, I couldn't tell anyone for fear I wouldn't be able to compete in the Olympics if people learned I was HIV-positive.
Everyone was alarmed when I hit my head on the board at the trials in Seoul. Regardless, I made it into the finals. When we practiced the next morning, my coach made me start with the dive I'd hit my head on. At first, I was scared, but Ron made me do it six times. With each repetition, I felt more confident.
During my last dive in the finals, I enjoyed for the last time the quietness underwater and then swam to the side of the pool. Afraid to look at the score-board, I watched Ron's face. Suddenly he leaped into the air, the crowd cheered, and I knew I'd won — two gold medals, one for the three-meter springboard, one for the ten-meter platform. None knew how hard it had been, except Ron and the friends I'd told I was HIV-positive.
AIDS forced me to stop diving; I had to quit diving professionally after the Olympics.

Words: 700


v. begin; start 开始

v. push with force and suddenly 推,冲

ad. 1. separate by a distance 分开地
2. (from) except for 除了……之外

a. which is at the beginning of 起初的,开始的

ad. at the beginning 开始地,起先

a. strong (in quality or feeling) 强烈的

vi. lose blood 流血

n. quick movement or action 匆忙

vt. come near to 靠近,接近
n. 1. [U] the act of coming near 靠近,接近
2. [C] a means or way of entering 途径
3. [C] (to) a way or method of doing sth. 方式,方法

n. 1. (pl.)[体]预赛,选拔赛
2. (an act of) testing to find quality, value, or usefulness 实验,检验
3. (an act of) hearing and judging a person or a case in a court 审判

a. of major importance 重要的

vt. cause danger to 危及,使遭受危险

vt. pour out 溅出,溢出

vt. 1. take into one's family and take on the responsibility as a parent 收养
2. use 采取,采用

n. 1. the act of adopting 收养
2. the act of using 运用,使用,采用

gym (gymnasium)
n. physical training; a hall for physical training 体操,体育训练;体育馆

vt. 1. travel into or through (a place) for the purpose of discovery 探索,探讨
2. examine carefully 探讨,仔细研究

vt. steal from and/or treat in a rough way 抢劫

a. earlier; coming or planned before 先前的;预先的

n. 1. a raised floor of boards for speakers, performers, etc. 讲台,舞台
2. a board for jumping off to give height to a dive or jump 跳板

spring-board (springboard)
n. (游泳池)跳水板

ad. mainly; in most cases or most of the time 主要地

ad. with regret or sad feelings 不幸的是;遗憾地

n. a person who trains people in different sports for games, matches, etc. 教练
vt. train or teach; give instruction or advice to 训练; 指导,辅导

v. help or support 帮助,协助

n. a person or a thing that leads or is in advance of others 处于领先地位的人或事物;领袖,领导

n. a complete victory or success 胜利,成功
vi. (over) win; beat 获胜, 成功;击败

n. a homosexual person, esp. a man (尤指男)同性恋者

n. the person one is married to or having a loving or sexual relation with; the person one is doing sth. with 伴侣;伙伴

vt. cause to be mistaken; fail to tell the difference between 弄错,使困惑;混淆

n. a form like a gas which is made up of tiny drops of water or other liquids in the air 蒸气

vi. (cause to) change into vapor 变成蒸气

vi. take part in (a game, a match, etc.) 竞争,比赛

vt. cause sudden fear to 吓坏,使惊恐

n. saying or doing again 重复

a. having belief in one's power or ability 自信的,相信的

n. a board on which the score of a game is recorded as it is played (体育比赛)记分牌

vi. jump through the air, often landing in a different place 跳跃

vt. stop (doing sth.) and leave 放弃,停止
vi. give up one's job 离职,辞职

a. relating to a person's work, especially work that requires special training 职业的

ad. 职业地;专业地


in haste
in a hurry 匆忙

prior to
before 在……之前

make it
succeed in doing sth. 成功地做某事

start with
begin with 从……开始

assist (sb. with) sth.
help sb. do sth. 帮助做某事






Ron O'Brien

     我登上梯子,听到起跳的指令,便开始做跃入空中的动作。 我用脚蹬跳板,臂膀向后举起,但马上意识到身体下落时可能会靠近跳板,碰伤手。转动身体时,我努力纠正动作,尽量把胳膊张开。 接着我听到一种奇怪的响声,身体就失去了控制。很快我便意识到自己的头部碰到了跳板。
     开始时我觉得很尴尬。想藏起来,想离开游泳池,而又不让别人发现。 接着便感到十分恐惧。头碰破了吗?流血了吗?游泳池里有没有血? 我游到池边,注意到许多张惊愕的脸。人们都担心我头部是否受伤,而我却担心着比这更为可怕的事情。 一位官员查看了我的头部。我赶忙把他和其他任何接近我的人推开。"别碰我!"我想大叫一声。"走开!"
     这是在韩国汉城举行的1988年奥运会的预赛。 在这一跳之前,我的成绩名列前茅。但现在,另外有一件事情比获胜更重要。 要是我的血溅到了游泳池里,就会危及其他跳水选手的生命。因为我知道--而其他很少有人知道--我是阳性艾滋病毒携带者。
     母亲告诉我,我的生身父母是萨摩亚人,我出生时他们才十几岁,所以他们把我送给别人抚养。 我18个月大的时候便开始接受体操训练。十岁时我便在游泳池的跳板上练体操。
     由于我肤色黑,常常遭到学校里孩子们的辱骂。放学回家时常常遭到欺负。尽管同龄孩子们让我觉得自己不如别人,但跳水却使我对自己有了信心。 上七年级时,我开始吸毒。
     记得在1976年奥运会上我参加比赛十分努力,那时我十六岁。 在决赛一个月前举行的预赛中,我获得了十米跳台和跳板的第一名! 这是惊人的,因为我主要只是进行了跳台训练。 在决赛中我获得了跳台银牌。遗憾的是,我并不感到快乐。相反,我觉得自己失败了,因为我没有能获得金牌。 之后,我就跟着著名的奥运跳水教练罗恩·布赖恩训练。 罗恩了解我,更加用心地帮助我训练。 我很快成了国际跳水的顶尖选手。在1984年奥运会上我夺得两枚金牌: 一枚跳台金牌,一枚跳板金牌。这是可喜的胜利。
     除了罗恩和几个朋友外,那时没有人知道我是同性恋者。 我害怕如果人们知道了这一情况会对我感到厌恶。 四年之后,当我为1988年汉城奥运会准备时,了解到我的伴侣得了艾滋病。我可能也是艾滋病毒阳性或染上了艾滋病,我得接受这一现实。 当我知道自己的艾滋病检验结果是阳性时,我感到震惊和困惑。我会死去吗?我想在88年奥运会上再铸辉煌的心愿会化为泡影吗? 我该怎么办?然而在这艰难的时刻,我却不能把这些告诉任何人,因为一旦人们知道我是艾滋病毒阳性,我便不能参加奥运会比赛了。
     汉城奥运会预赛时我头部碰到了跳板,大家都很吃惊。 尽管如此,我还是进入了决赛。第二天早晨训练时,教练让我从头部碰到跳板时的跳水动作开始练。 起先我很害怕,但罗恩让我做了6次。每重复一次,我的信心就更增强一分。
     在决赛的最后一跳时,我最后一次领略了水下的宁静,然后我游到池边。 我不敢看计分牌,我看着罗恩的脸。突然他跳了起来,人群欢呼了起来,我知道自己赢了--两枚金牌,一枚三米跳板金牌,一枚十米跳台金牌。 除了知道我是艾滋病毒阳性的罗恩和几个朋友,没有人知道这是多么的不容易。

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