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The London Paralympics - Cloze

Activity set by: Briony Campbell

First, do the vocabulary activity at: Vocabulary. For this activity, listen to the recordings if necessary: MP3 (slower), MP3 (faster). Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Click the this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! Finally, do the Quiz.

Primero, haz la actividad de vocabulario. Escucha la grabación si es necesario. Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas.


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The London Paralympics
As Paralympians get ready for the Games which are to open later this week, they have access to a world class fitness centre inside the Paralympic Village which is designed to maximise their pre-Game preparations.
According to volunteers the centre, instead of being a single large room, as in Beijing, the building has numerous rooms. It, along with the Village Services Centre, is designed to be converted into a school after the games . Rooms have been structured as a gym, an , and science laboratories.
Gym equipment is supplied by Technogym, an Italian firm that has supplied gym equipment for the Olympics since 2000. Equipment has been provided not just for the Fitness Centre, but for gyms at all the Olympic . The newest equipment is oriented maximum flexibility, allowing athletes to exercise the particular muscles that they most require for their sport.
In addition to the equipment, the Fitness Centre also provides instructors trained in the use of the equipment, the of which athletes from many countries have never seen before. There are also a number of instructors available to provide motivational training.
Yesterday, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) their first formal press conference as part of the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Approximately 60 media representatives and had the opportunity to ask questions of Craig Spence, IPC President Philip Craven, Chairman of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralymic Games (LOCOG) Sebastian Coe, and LOCOG Director of Communications and Public Affairs Jackie Brock-Doyle following a short on the history of the Paralympic Games.
A reporter asked if the high cost of technology for participating in sport at the elite level would Oceania, Asia, and Africa behind. Craven said historically, the IPC has worked on increasing disability sport participation; they were now on changing that to developing disability sport around the world. He efforts by the IPC to down the cost of wheelchairs and as these are sporting equipment for participation in disability sport. He also said they had donated 4,000 to help spread disability sport.
Sir Philip Craven also criticized media coverage of the Paralympic Games in the United States and Canada.
In the United States, NBC is only four one-hour highlights packages. Canada's CBC is doing only slightly better, with one hour of highlights each night of competition. This contrasts with extensive in the United Kingdom, France, and other countries, where the public successfully put on the rights-holding network to improve the coverage of the Games.
Sir Philip told the fifty- attendees which included Lord Coe, "some people feel that North America lead on everything, and on this they don't. And it's about time they up." He said he was very disappointed for the athletes, the people, and the organizations. The Paralympic Committee has tried to fill the with streaming video over the internet.
According to Tony Naar from the Australian Paralympic Committee, his American were "defensive" about the arrangement they bought the television rights and sold them to NBC. Referring to previous Australian coverage he said, "that is where we were back in 1996, so they are that far behind."