Japanese Skaters Gain Grand Prix Titles

January 19, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. outshine (v.) [out-shahyn] – to beat or surpass someone
Example: Her unique dancing skills made her outshine the other contestants.

2. garner (v.) [gahr-ner] – to earn or acquire something
Example: We garnered a lot of income from our business.

3. satisfied (adj.) [sat-is-fahyd] – to feel content or fulfilled
Example: She felt satisfied when she reached her goal of getting a high grade on the English test.

4. wane (v.) [weyn] – to decrease in terms of degree or intensity
Example: Her interest in learning the piano waned because she had no time to practice.

5. pride (n.) [prahyd] – pleasure or honor in one's own or another's success and achievements
Example: The soccer team’s first championship win gave pride to the country.

Read the text below.

Mao Asada, a two-time world champion, won the figure skating Grand Prix title for the first time in 3 years at the Russian Rostelecom Cup, earning her a spot in the 2011-2012 Grand Prix Finals.

The 21-year-old Mao outshone second placer Alena Leonova from Russia by garnering a total of 183.25 points for the short program and free skate rounds. Leonova lost to Mao by 2.8 points, while Adelina Sotnikova, another Russian skater, came in third with 111.96 points.

Although Mao was happy with the results, she said that she was not satisfied with her performance, especially with her jumps. In the short program, she did a double axel followed by an unsuccessful lutz instead of performing her triple axel. Her triple combination also waned into a triple Salchow jump during free skate. 

However, she compensated for her mistakes by gaining high scores with her Level 4 spins and steps, moves that eventually led to her winning.

Adding to Japan’s pride is 16-year-old Yuzuru Hanyu, the male representative in the said Russian Cup. Hanyu said he had been practicing his combination jump since the China Cup, and was finally able to perform it well in Russia. Despite losing to second placer Javier Fernandez from Spain in the free skate program, he was still able to boost his overall score to win his first Grand Prix title. 

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What matters most to you: winning a contest or doing your best in a contest? Please explain your answer.
·         How would you feel if you lose a contest despite your best efforts?

Discussion B

·         Do you think mistakes make better athletes Why or why not?
·         How can an athlete learn from his or her mistakes?


January 19, 2012