A Leap（跳跃）to Honor
Leaping on a narrow balance beam（平衡木）is not easy. But Lola Walter, a 13-year-old gymnast, is an expert at it.
To perfect her skills, Lola 41 for four hours a day, five days a week. At the state championships in March, she finished seventh out of 16 girls.
That’s especially impressive, 42 she is legally blind, born with a rare condition that causes her eyes to shift constantly. She often sees double and can’t 43 how far away things are.
When she was little, her mom 44 that even though she couldn’t see 45 , she was fearless. So her mom signed her up for gymnastics when she was three. She loved the 46__ right away and gymnastics became her favorite.
Though learning gymnastics has been more 47 for her than for some of her tournaments, she has never quit. She doesn’t let her 48 stop her from doing anything that she wants to.
She likes the determination it takes to do the sport. Her biggest 49 is the balance beam. Because she has double vision, she often sees two beams. She must use her sense of touch to help her during her routine. Sometimes she even closes her eyes. “You have to 50 your mind that it’ll take you where you want to go.“ says Lola.
To be a top-level gymnast, one must be brave. The beam is probably the most 51 for anyone because it’s four inches wide. At the state competition, Lola didn’t fall 52 the beam. In fact, she got an 8.1 out of 10 — her highest score yet.
Lola doesn’t want to be 53 differently from the other girls on her team. At the competitions, the judges don’t know about her vision 54 . She doesn’t tell them, because she doesn’t think they need to know. Her mom is amazed by her 55 attitude.
Lola never thinks about 56 . She is presently at level 7 while the highest is level 10 in gymnastics. Her 57 is to reach level 9. She says she wants to be a gymnastics coach to pass down what she’s learned to other kids 58 she grew up.
Lola is 59 of all her hard work and success. She says it’s helped her overcome problems in her life outside gymnastics, too. Her 60 for others is “just believe yourself”.
41. A. trains B. teaches C. runs D. dances
42. A. unless B. since C. after D. though
43. A. guess B. tell C. assume D. predict
44. A. suspected B. remembered C. noticed D. imagined
45. A. deeply B. closely C. ahead D. well
46. A. task B. show C. event D. sport
47. A. difficult B. enjoyable C. boring D. unsatisfactory
48. A. talent B. quality C. nature D. condition
49. A. doubt B. advantage C. challenge D. program
50. A. examine B. trust C. open D. express
51. A. unfair B. harmful C. fearful D. inconvenient
52. A. off B. on C. to D. against
53. A. greeted B. paid C. served D. treated
54. A. pains B. problems C. injuries D. stresses
55. A. flexible B. friendly C. positive D. caution
56. A. quitting B. defending C. winning D. bargaining
57. A. goal B. range C. view D. standard
58. A. until B. as C. when D. before
59. A. tired B. proud C. ashamed D. confident
60. A. plan B. responsibility C. reward D. advice
答案解析 41-45 ABBCD 46-50 DADCB 51-55 CADBC 56-60 A ACBD
本文是一篇夹叙夹议的文章。通过讲述有关患有视力障碍的13岁体操运动员Lola Walter挑战平衡木的故事，阐明“believe in yourself”的主题。本篇难度：中等。
41． A 为了完善技巧，她一天_____ 四个小时，一周五天。再联系上段中的“gymnast（体操运动员）”可知，是A项“训练”
42． B 这个成绩令人印象特别深刻，因为从法律上来说，她是个盲人。
43． B tell“辨别；判定”，文中指Lola Walter不能辨别事物的距离。guess 猜测；推测； assume假设，假定；predict 预言，预测。
44． C 本句指她的妈妈在她小时候“注意到”虽然她视力不好，但却不害怕。remember 记得；回想起；suspect 猜疑；怀疑； imagine想象； notice 注意到。
45． D 根据第三段第一句中的“blind”可知，Lola Walter的视力不好（couldn’t see well）。
46． D the sport 特指上一句中出现的gymnastics(体操运动)，指妈妈给Lola Walter报名参加体操后，她就立刻喜欢上了这项运动。
47． A 第三段提到Lola Walter的视力不好，因此，学习体操对于她来说，更困难。boring 无聊的；令人厌烦的；enjoyable愉快的，快乐的；satisfactory 令人满意的
48． D 根据第三段第一句话“a rare condition”可知，Lola Walter的视力问题是一种罕见的状况，43题指她不会让这种状况阻止自己做她想做的事情。
49． C 下一句提到因为她视觉有重影，会看到两根平衡木，所以，平衡木对她是最大的挑战。 doubt怀疑，疑惑；advantage 优势；有利条件； challenge 挑战； progress进步；前进。
50． B 通过上一句Lola Walter在平衡木练习时有时闭上眼睛可知，所以她相信自己的能力。
51． C 根据本段第一句“one must be brave”说明平衡木对任何人来说都很令人害怕。fearful 令人害怕的； harmful 有害的； unfair不公平的； inconvenient 不方便的
52． A fall off掉下；从......跌落，此处指 Lola没有从平衡木上掉下来（成功了）
53． D 根据本段下文可知，Lola没有把自己的视力问题告诉裁判，她不想得到和别人不同的对待。greet 打招呼；迎接； treat 对待；招待； serve 为…服务；端上； pay 付款；偿还。
54． B 根据第三段可知，Lola存在视力上的问题。pain 痛苦；疼痛； stress 压力；重音； injury 伤害；损害。
55． C 根据本段前两句Lola不想因为自己的视力问题而得到不同的对待，可知Lola的态度积极。positive 积极的；friendly 友好的； flexible 灵活的； cautious小心的；谨慎的。
56． A 通过本段下文可知，Lola还会继续努力，从目前的体操7级达到九级，因此她没有想过放弃。defend 防卫；辩护； quit 停止；放弃； bargain讨价还价。
57． A 她的目标是达到体操九级。standard 标准； range 范围； view 视图风景；goal 目标。
58． C 句意：当她长大时，她想成为一名体操教练，把自己的所学交给其他孩子。
59． B 通过全文可知，Lola对于自己的努力和成功感到自豪。be proud of 以...为豪；be tired of 厌倦；厌烦； be ashamed of感到羞愧，惭愧；be confident of对…事有信心。
60． D 句意：她给别人的建议就是要相信自己。plan 计划； advice 建议；忠告； reward 回报；报答； responsibility责任