英语短文:The Greatest American Athlete美国最伟大的运动员(双语阅读)

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英语短文:The Greatest American Athlete美国最伟大的运动员(双语阅读)

The railroad station was jammed. Students from Lafayette College were crowding onto the train platform eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Carlisle Indian School's track and field squad.

火车站挤得水泄不通。拉斐德学院的学生们一齐拥上站台,热切地等待着卡莱尔印地安人学校田径队的到来。

NO one would have believed it a few months earlier.A school that nobody had heard of was suddenly beating big, famous colleges in track meets.

倘若在几个月前,准没有人相信,一个谁也没听说过的学校,会在田径场上突然大败许多有名的大学。

Surely these Carlisle athletes would come charging off the train, one after another,like a Marine battalion .

不用说。这些卡莱尔的运动员抵达后,准会象一营海军陆战队队员那样,一个接一个冲下火车。

The train finally arrived and two young men——one big and broad,the other small and slight——stepped onto the platform.

火车终于到站了,两个年轻人——一位,个儿高,体态魁梧;另一位,个儿矮,长相瘦弱——踏上了站台。

“Where is the track team?” a Lafayette student asked.“This is the team,” replied the big fellow.

“田径队在哪儿?”一位拉斐德的学生问道。“就在这儿,”大个子回答道。

“Just the two of you?”“Nope, just me,”said the big fellow.“This little guy is the manager.”

“就你们两个?”“不,就我一个,”大个子说。“这位小兄弟是领队。”

The Lafayette students shook their heads in wonder.

拉斐德的学生们诧异地摇摇头。

Somebody must be playing a joke on them.

一定有人在和他们开玩笑。

If this big fellow was the whole Carlisle track team, he would be competing against an entire Lafayette squad.

如果卡莱尔田径队就只有大个子一人,那他就得和整个拉斐德田径队比试高低了。

He did. He ran sprints, he ran hurdles, he ran distant races.He high-jumped, he broad-jumped.He threw the javelin and the shot.

确实如此。他短跑、跨栏、长跑、跳高、跳远。他又投标枪又掷铅球。

Finishing first in eight events, the big fellow beat the whole Lafayette team. The big fellow was Jim Thorpe, the greatest American athlete of modern times.

大个子赢得八项第一,一个人击败了整个拉斐德田径队。这位大个子就是美国现代最伟大的运动员吉姆索普。

1953年,索普被发现因酗酒过度在一个停车场离开了人世。人们在他的纪念碑上刻下这样一句话:“吉姆·索普,你是世界上最伟大的运动员。”可惜的是,他生前并没得到这样的公认。

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