Lower body fat means better performance

  These days, fashion models and pop stars are not the only people who have to watch their waistline. Football players who miss a few kicks and let their belly hanging out a little too much are likely to be attacked by rabid fans or even the president of a country.

  The latest football star to draw the attention of the “fat police” is Barcelona’s Ronaldinho, 26. Last Friday, a Spanish sports daily published two photos of the Brazilian star without his shirt. One was taken in November 2003; the other was taken this month. In the most recent one, the star’s waistline seems to have a little extra padding.

  Another Spanish sports daily published similar before-and-after photos and argued that the star has “lost his explosiveness and velocity” and is “worn out”. The cause, according to the news paper, is his poor physical fitness.

  However, the player’s coach, frank Rijkaard, insists that he’s satisfied with Ronaldinho’s form and fitness. And after Barcelona’s victory over Atheltic Bibao on Sunday, Ronaldinho challenged photographers to take pictures of him when he took off his shirt.

  “I don’t have anything to hide,”he said.

  Fellow Brazilian Ronaldo, 30, of Real Madrid, faced similar criticism before the 2006 World Cup. But the criticism didn’t come from a bunch of sports reporters: it came from the president of Brazil.

  “So, what is it?”Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula Silva asked the national soccer team’s coach in his office last June, according to the Assiciated Press. “Is he (Ronaldo)fat or not?”

  “He is very strong, president,” Carlos Alberto Parreira reportedly said at the time. “He is not that boy anymore. His body type has changed.”

  The game of football demands that players put as much emphasis on fitness as they can do on dribbling, passing or shooting.

  During a proper training regimen, football players normally follow a load-fatigue-recovery pattern. They push their body toward a higher mark of fitness and experience a slight and brief drop in performance. Then they begin the recovery process, which will ideally carry their performance to an even higher plane.

  However, sometimes non-physical factors can influence a player’s poor fitness. in Ronaldinho’s case, for instance, people ? often unnamed ? have blamed everything from the pressure of contract negotiations to personal problems and too many advertising commitment. (381 words)

  a) Fans can be very critical of a fashion model’s figure.

  A. right B. wrong C. not mentioned

  b) People like football stars more than they like pop stars

  A. right B. wrong C. not mentioned

  c) Roaldinho is a well-known Spanish star.

  A. right B. wrong C. not mentioned

  d) The president of Brazil showed no concern about Ronaldo’s figure.

  A. right B. wrong C. not mentioned

  e) According to Carlos Alberto Parreira, Ronaldo’s body shape has changed.

  A. right B. wrong C. not mentioned

  f) The football game demands a lot from players.

  A. right B. wrong C. not mentioned

  g) Roaldinho often goes to pubs.

  A. right B. wrong C. not mentioned

  在线作业参考答案:

  1.A. 细节题。应用问题句中的细节信息词fans, a fashion model, figure共同作为答案线索, 在文章中查找答案相关句:

  These days(往常,目前), fashion models (时装模特)and pop stars (盛行音乐的歌星)are not the only(唯一的, 仅仅) people who have to (不得不)watch(关注,监视, 观看) their waistline(腰围)(与“figure/体型”照应). Football players(足球运发起) who miss(错过,怀念) a few kicks(踢一脚,踢)and let their belly(胃,肚子) hanging out(悬挂/突出) a little (少许,有点)too much 有点多are likely to (有可能)be attacked by (被...批判)rabid(狂暴的, 猖獗的) fans or even(以至于) the president(总统,校长) of a country(国度).

  第2个答案相关句说假如足球运发起的体形不好 ? 肚子突出, 则会遭到猖獗的球迷的批判。依据文章第一句的内容的提示可知接下来谈到的足球运发起也是需要注意自己体型的人,该句中的定语从句在解释原因:假如肚子突出, 体型不好会遭到足球迷的批判, 由此也能够推断出文章第1句中提到的时装模特和盛行音乐歌星必需要注意自己体型的原因是他们的追星族对他们的体型要求很高,要求很苛刻。

  2.C.细节题。应用问题句中的细节信息词football stars, pop stars共同作为答案线索, 在文章中查找答案相关句:

  These days, fashion models and pop stars are not the only people who have to watch their waistline. Football players who miss a few kicks and let their belly hanging out a little too much are likely to be attacked by rabid fans or even the president of a country.

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