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Rickshaw Ride To Rio
One man's commitment to the Olympic spirit (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 396)
Aug 15, 2016 Style & Living
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Chen Guan Ming spent most of his life as a farmer in the Tong Shan district of Xu Zhou City, China. But all that changed when the Olympic Games came to China in 2008. Filled with the Spirit of the Olympics, 60-year-old Mr. Chen set off on the 800km trip to the beautiful Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing on his old rickshaw. When the games were over he went back to his home in Tong Shan.

But his life was about to change forever when he made the decision to become what he would later call "the Olympic Madman". He chose to ride his rickshaw around the world, chasing the Olympic Games.

His next stop would be the London Olympics in 2012, and he finally made it to the host city on time in 2012. His journey had taken him through some of the most dangerous and difficult regions of the world including flooded Thailand, the foothills of the Himalayas and war-town Afghanistan. Mr. Chen's amazing adventure saw him appear on major TV channels and he was honored at a dinner held by the Chinese Olympic team.

Now Chen has made it to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in time for the 2016 Olympics. The publicity he received in London meant that many people and companies came to help him and he was flown to Canada. From there he cycled south through the United States, Mexico and Central America before reaching Brazil. The journey took him three years.

As a result, millions of people follow the progress of a man who just wants to "spread the spirit of the Olympics". He doesn't have much money and has relied on the kindness of strangers to help him on his way around the world.

He made some changes to his rickshaw so he can now sleep and eat in it. "I never leave my rickshaw and my rickshaw never leaves me. It's my home," he said in an American report during his journey. "In the countryside back home, people are more concerned with farming than in promoting the spirit of the Olympics. But, of course, I must choose my own path. I've encountered storms, heavy rains, earthquakes and landslides. The main thing is to not be afraid. Face your fears head on."

Mr. Chen's next stop? Tokyo, Japan, for the 2020 Olympics of course.

What were two of the dangers that Mr Chen faced on his way to the London Olympics?
earthquakes and storms
landslides and heavy rain
floods and war
mountains and seas
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help


n,v.援助

a-ma-zing

makes you surprised


adj.惊人

con-cerned

worried, troubled or anxious


adj.关心

cult

something really popular amongst a group of people


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dan-ger

something likely to cause harm or injury


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dan-ge-rous

likely to cause harm or injury, not safe


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de-ci-sion

the act of deciding something, making a choice


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hard, not easy


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earth-quake

shaking of the ground


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en-coun-tered

met by chance, ran into


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fin-nal-ly

in the end


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underwater


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host

to hold or organise


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containing, having as part of the whole


prep.包含

jour-ney

traveling from one place to another


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international sports meeting held every four years


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pro-gress

moving forward to a better place


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supporting or encouraging


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notice or attention from the media


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re-gion

an area


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depended on, could not do without


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rick-shaw

a three-wheeled bicycle with a seat behind the driver


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rough

having an uneven or irregular surface; not smooth or level


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sta-di-um

a sports arena with rows of seats


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not usual, hard to understand


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persons you do not know


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strict

follow the rules exactly


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