Exercise 2 LISTENING 10 page 24
Interviewer Hello and good morning. Welcome to Sports Today. We have
with us in the studio a young lady who is making a name for herself in the cold and icy world of figure skating. Her name is Britney Spence. Hello Britney and welcome.
Britney Thank you. Pleased to be here.
Interviewer Britney, could you tell us how you came to be interested in ice skating?
Britney Well, I started when I was very young. My friends all went to ballet classes, but I wasn't interested in that. When I was four I watched the ice-skating world championships on TV and loved all the fantastic moves the dancers performed. I begged my mum to take me to the local ice rink. I tried ice-skating and I loved it. I felI over but I didn't care. I just got up again. So I started having lessons.
Interviewer And the rest, as they say, is history… But when did you realise that you wanted to ice skate competitively?
Britney Well, my teacher encouraged me to enter small competitions from the very beginning but my parents were not very happy about it. My teacher talked to them and finally they agreed. I had the right kind of personality for it. I was never a shy child. I was usually confident and a bit impatient, to be honest. loved competing though.
Interviewer When did you decide that doubles figure skating was for you?
Britney When I was twelve a boy joined our classes. He was very quiet but I could see he was good. Our teacher put us together and it worked well. We entered a doubles competition soon after and we won it. It was amazing!
Interviewer And that was Matt Bridges, your skating partner?
Britney Yes, Matt and I have been partners since we were 12. We train together five times a week. He's very hard-working. I can't be lazy when I'm with him!
Interviewer And you're training hard at the moment, aren't you?
Britney Yes, the junior world championships are coming up and we really want to do well.
Interviewer The best of luck and we will all be watching you.
Britney Thank you.
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