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Disastrous Defeats

Just a few of sport's most memorable losses.

1 Pre-reading

What can go wrong while you’re doing the following sports (see below)? What can cause you to lose in a competition involving these sports?

•Tennis

•Boxing

•Snowboarding

•Golf

•Ski jumping

2 Reading I

Read the article once and compare your ideas from the Pre-reading activity.

3 Reading II

Read the article again and say what the numbers/dates, etc. refer to.

1. 32 minutes

2. 1996

3. One

4. 1999

5. Three

6. 100,000

4 Language focus

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (194) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 30 useful expressions for travelling abroad. Plus, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about the body, 12 words and expressions for talking about laying the table, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Restaurants – the buffet. • Marketing – meerchandising. • Language – how to have fun learning English. • Cinema – animated films. • Sport – football vocabulary. • Hollywood – famous flops. • Vocabulary – the weather. • Football – soccer quotes. • Accents – the Australian accent. • Events – sporting disasters. • Language – Murphy’s law. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!