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dateline: 21 August 2012

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Limbless Swimmer Links Five Continents

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • limbless: having no arms or legs
  • electrocution: a severe injury caused by an electric shock
  • frigid: very cold
  • flipper: a rubber attachment for a limb that is used for swimming
  • strait: a narrow body of water connecting two larger bodies of water

Limbless Swimmer Links Five Continents

Philippe Croizon, a man who lost all four in an electrocution accident, successfully completed his International Straits Swimming Challenge this week. In his final to connect five continents, the Frenchman crossed the frigid waters of the Bering Strait linking Asia and the Americas. The 44-year-old man used flippers to cross between Alaska’s Little Diomede Island to Russia’s Big Diomede Island, which he said was more challenging than crossing the English Channel in 2010. this year he crossed three other straits, linking Australia to Asia, Asia to Africa, and Europe to Asia. Croizon hopes to inspire disabled people worldwide, and will be working at the as a radio and television .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why is this man limbless?
  2. What was the swimmer’s goal?
  3. What did the swimmer say about his final stretch?

Discussion Question: The swimmer said his goal was to raise awareness for the abilities of disabled people. How are disabled people treated in your country? Do they have the opportunity to take part in sports?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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