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"From the Ted Talk by Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset"

#### Unscramble the Blue Letters

And I'm up there in bsoton against people wearing legs made of all things — carbon graphite and, you know, shock abrebross in them and all sorts of things — and they're all looking at me like, OK, we know who's not going to win this race. And, I mean, I went up there expecting — I don't know what I was ecxitpeng — but, you know, when I saw a man who was missing an entire leg go up to the high jump, hop on one leg to the high jump and clear it at six feet, two inches ... Dan O'Brien jumped 5'11" in '96 in Atlanta, I mean, if it just gives you a comparison of — these are truly ahlocimecspd athletes, without qualifying that word "athlete." And so I dceeidd to give this a shot: hraet pounding, I ran my first race and I beat the national record-holder by three hthurdndes of a second, and became the new national record-holder on my first try out.

#### Open Cloze

And I'm up there in ______ against people wearing legs made of all things — carbon graphite and, you know, shock _________ in them and all sorts of things — and they're all looking at me like, OK, we know who's not going to win this race. And, I mean, I went up there expecting — I don't know what I was _________ — but, you know, when I saw a man who was missing an entire leg go up to the high jump, hop on one leg to the high jump and clear it at six feet, two inches ... Dan O'Brien jumped 5'11" in '96 in Atlanta, I mean, if it just gives you a comparison of — these are truly ____________ athletes, without qualifying that word "athlete." And so I _______ to give this a shot: _____ pounding, I ran my first race and I beat the national record-holder by three __________ of a second, and became the new national record-holder on my first try out.

#### Solution

1. heart
2. absorbers
3. hundredths
4. boston
5. accomplished
6. decided
7. expecting

#### Original Text

And I'm up there in Boston against people wearing legs made of all things — carbon graphite and, you know, shock absorbers in them and all sorts of things — and they're all looking at me like, OK, we know who's not going to win this race. And, I mean, I went up there expecting — I don't know what I was expecting — but, you know, when I saw a man who was missing an entire leg go up to the high jump, hop on one leg to the high jump and clear it at six feet, two inches ... Dan O'Brien jumped 5'11" in '96 in Atlanta, I mean, if it just gives you a comparison of — these are truly accomplished athletes, without qualifying that word "athlete." And so I decided to give this a shot: heart pounding, I ran my first race and I beat the national record-holder by three hundredths of a second, and became the new national record-holder on my first try out.

#### ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
inch heel 5
long jump 4
track team 3

#### Important Words

1. absorbers
2. accomplished
3. athletes
4. atlanta
5. beat
6. boston
7. carbon
8. clear
9. comparison
10. dan
11. decided
12. entire
13. expecting
14. feet
15. give
16. graphite
17. heart
18. high
19. hop
20. hundredths
21. inches
22. jump
23. jumped
24. leg
25. legs
26. man
27. missing
28. national
29. people
30. pounding
31. qualifying
32. race
33. ran
34. shock
35. sorts
36. wearing
37. win
38. word