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Face to Face

THIS MONTH WE’RE LOOKING AT TWO REMARKABLE OLYMPIANS: MARK SPITZ AND CARL LEWIS.

Famous people fight it out in our monthly competition.

Mark Spitz

Mark Spitz was an American swimmer who was born in 1950 in California. He became famous when he won seven gold medals in the Munich Olympics in 1972. It is a remarkable achievement as he won the gold medal in every event that he entered. In total he won nine gold medals between 1965 and 1972 and set 33 world records in this time. He also competed in the Maccabiah Games. This is an event for Jewish athletes from around the world although Palestinians with Israeli citizenship can also compete. These are similar to the Olympics. He won ten gold medals in two separate Maccabiah games in 1965 and 1969. During the Munich Olympics, the hostage crisis involving the Israeli team cast a shadow over events and Spitz decided to leave after the attack. After the games, and only aged 22, Spitz retired and attempted a career in show business. At one point, there was talk that he would be cast as the next James Bond after Sean Connery, but Roger Moore got the part. He wasn’t cut out for the job of acting so he gave up. He once narrated a film documentary about the Hungarian uprising of 1956.

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The latest issue of Hot English (168 – the May issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Find out how to ask questions in English. Plus, 15 useful expressions to use at the swimming pool, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about musical instruments, 7 ways to make a suggestion, 8 useful expressions phrasal verbs, 8 idioms, 8 useful phrases for talking about stopping... plus: • Language – confusing words. • Speaking – common errors. • Games – crossword and wordsearch. • Humour – funny funerals. • Sport – the Olympics. • Film – stars who died young. • Phone – booking a room. • Work – sleeping at work. • Slang – our dictionary of slang. • Nature – the platypus. • Urban – Parkour. • The office – jobsworths. 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 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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