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From the Ted Talk by Lewis Pugh: How I swam the North Pole

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I have never in my life felt anything like that moment. I could barely breathe. I was gasnipg for air. I was hyperventilating so much, and within seconds my hands were numb. And it was — the paradox is that you're in freezing cold water, but actually you're on fire. I swam as hard as I could for five minutes. I remember just trying to get out of the water. I climbed out of the ice. And I rbemeemr taking the geoglgs off my face and looking down at my hands in seher shock, because my fgneris had swollen so much that they were like sausages. And they were swollen so much, I couldn't even close them.

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I have never in my life felt anything like that moment. I could barely breathe. I was _______ for air. I was hyperventilating so much, and within seconds my hands were numb. And it was — the paradox is that you're in freezing cold water, but actually you're on fire. I swam as hard as I could for five minutes. I remember just trying to get out of the water. I climbed out of the ice. And I ________ taking the _______ off my face and looking down at my hands in _____ shock, because my _______ had swollen so much that they were like sausages. And they were swollen so much, I couldn't even close them.

Solution

  1. sheer
  2. goggles
  3. fingers
  4. remember
  5. gasping

Original Text

I have never in my life felt anything like that moment. I could barely breathe. I was gasping for air. I was hyperventilating so much, and within seconds my hands were numb. And it was — the paradox is that you're in freezing cold water, but actually you're on fire. I swam as hard as I could for five minutes. I remember just trying to get out of the water. I climbed out of the ice. And I remember taking the goggles off my face and looking down at my hands in sheer shock, because my fingers had swollen so much that they were like sausages. And they were swollen so much, I couldn't even close them.

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Important Words

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