Olympic Dreams

The dream of every sportsperson is to win an Olympic medal. These medals are awarded to those in the top three places in each event, with winners receiving a gold medal, those in second place being awarded a silver medal and those in third place receiving a bronze medal. During the awards ceremony after each event, the national anthem of the winner's country is played, and then the medals are presented to the three medal winners. This is an unforgettable moment of great pride for the athletes and their families, their friends, and all the people of their country.

word example sentence meaning
award Silver medals are awarded to competitors who come in second place. to give someone something as a reward for high achievement
awards ceremony Athletes receive their medals at an awards ceremony after each event. a formal presentation of awards, e.g. for university degrees or sporting medals
medal The winner of an Olympic event is awarded a gold medal. a piece of engraved metal given to signify an achievement or an honor
national anthem The flags of all three countries are flown, but only the winner's national anthem is played. a country's official national song
present The medals are usually presented by senior Olympic officials. to formally hand over something such as an award, a certificate, or a medal
pride Her parents felt great pride as they watched their daughter being presented with her medal. joy in one's own achievement, or in the achievement of a friend or relative
Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers. He is also creator of WORD UP, the world's #1 EFL board game.