200901291449english learning(21)Retirement has mellowed me: Armstrong

In the third incarnation of a career interrupted by cancer, then a 3-1/2 year retirement, Lance Armstrong says he is a milder, nicer guy.
Gone is Angry Lance, the hard-eyed, hard-bitten competitor who often argued with the media and fans and cut an image of remoteness and inaccessibility.
Throughout the Tour Down Under, his first competitive stage race since mid-2005, Armstrong has been what Aussies call "a good bloke," easily accessible to fans and even a friend to the media.
The seven-time Tour de France winner took on an endless round of public activities in his Australian visit, visiting cancer sufferers in Royal Adelaide Hospital, talking with locals in cafes, joshing with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and signing more autographs than he can count.
Immediately before and immediately after every stage of the six-stage race, even in the punishing heat of a South Australian summer, he politely, even warmly answered questions from reporters. Not once did he duck a question, chew out a reporter or try to cut short an interview.
Armstrong acknowledged Sunday, after the last stage of the race in which he finished 29th overall, that retirement had changed him, given him time to evaluate his career and develop a new perspective.
More than 750,000 spectators watched the Tour Down Under and received him with unvarying warmth, but he knows that in Europe, particularly in France, his reception might be cooler. At 37, with few expectations from his comeback, with a baby on the way in June, he can live with that.
"When you step away from your sport you certainly have the opportunity to look at things from an objective standpoint," Armstrong said.
"I can look at my career, I can look at my relationship with the press, I can look at my relationship with the fans, I can look at my relationship with the peleton and you reassess these things.
"My relationship with you guys (reporters) is a two way street. I understand you all have a job to do. If I finish the race and jump in my car and get the hell out of here you're standing there going 'well I've got to make something up' and that's not good for you, because you have to make a lead, and it's not good for me because inevitably they're not positive pieces.
"So I've learned that it's better to just hang with you guys for 10 minutes, give you the material you need then get on about our day."
Armstrong is comfortable that the comeback he planned in August, to the immense surprise of the cycling world, is on track toward his lofty ambition of winning an eighth Tour de France.
"It's given me a reassurance that I can still race because...you're out 3-1/2 years, you don't know how the body deteriorates or gets older," Armstrong said.
"It reassures me that I can work hard and do the right work and I can still race at the highest level."

Retirement

退休;退職;退役[U][(+from)]
She took to painting after retirement.
她退休後愛上繪畫。
third
第三
incarnation
典型,化身
interrupted
中斷的
Lance
柳葉刀割開
competitor
競爭者;對手,敵手[C]
The two friends were competitors for the class presidency.
那兩位朋友在爭當班長一事上是競爭對手
media,medium(複數)
媒介物,媒體;傳導體[(+for)]
Air is a medium for sound.
空氣是聲音的傳播媒介。
remoteness
遙遠;偏僻;細微
inaccessibility
難獲得的
competitive
競爭的;經由競爭的,競爭性的
the competitive nature of our society
我們社會的競爭性
好競爭的
A competitive person loves to win and hates to lose.
競爭心強的人喜歡贏討厭輸。
Aussies
澳洲人
accessible
可(或易)接近的;可(或易)進入的
a town accessible by rail
有鐵路通達的城鎮
可(或易)得到的;可(或易)使用的[(+to)]
Medicine should not be kept where it is accessible to children.
藥品不應放在兒童容易拿到的地方。
易受影響的,易感受的[(+to)]
He is not accessible to pity.
他不大有同情心。
易被理解的;受到讚賞的
Those are his most accessible stories.
那些是他最受歡迎的短篇小說。
France
法國
activity
行動力
Australian
澳大利亞人
autographs
親筆;(尤指名人的)親筆簽名
May I have your autograph?
能不能給我簽名?
count
計算
Immediately
直接地;接近地
the parties immediately involved in the case
與案件有直接牽連的各方
The airplane was immediately overhead.
飛機幾乎就在正上方。
立即,即刻,馬上
If you hear an alarm, leave the building immediately.
要是聽見警報,馬上離開大樓。
緊接地
June comes immediately after May.
五月一過便是六月。
conj. (連接詞 conjunction)
【主英】一...(就...)
Return immediately you are done.
事情一做完就回來。
politely
有禮貌地;客氣地;委婉地
He thanked me politely.
他很客氣地向我表示感謝。
perspective
透視圖法,遠近畫法[U]
Children often draw without perspective.
小孩子畫畫常常不管透視法。
透視圖[C]
看法,觀點[U][C][(+on)]
view an issue from a historical perspective
用歷史的觀點看待問題
洞察力,眼力[U]
keep one's perspective
明察事理
遠景;展望,前途[C]
You have the wrong perspective on that situation.
對於那個情勢的未來發展,你的看法是不正確的。
a. (形容詞 adjective)
透視的,透視畫的
perspective drawing
透視畫法
spectator
目擊者
particularly
特別,尤其
I am particularly fond of her.
我特別喜歡她。
reception
接待,接見;歡迎[S1]
Jim had an enthusiastic reception when he returned home.
吉姆回家時受到了熱情的接待。
接待會;歡迎會;宴會[C]
Our school gave a reception to our new principal.
我們學校為新校長舉行了歡迎會。
接受;接納;感受,反應[U]
Her calm reception of the bad news surprised her friends.
她聽到壞消息鎮定自若,令她的朋友們驚奇。
【英】接待處[U]
Leave your key at reception.
把你房門的鑰匙留在接待處。
無線電,電視的)接收;接收(傳真)品質,收聽(或收視)效果[U]
Reception improved because of the new antenna.
接受效果因有新天線而得到改善。
cooler
清涼
expectation
期待;預期[U][C]
The dog wagged its tail in expectation of a bone.
那條狗搖著尾巴,巴望吃肉骨頭。
期望,預期的事物[P1]
The reward fell short of our expectations.
獎勵不符我們的希望。
前程[P]
a young artist with great expectations
有遠大前程的青年藝術家
certainly
無疑地;必定;確實
They will certainly succeed.
他們一定會成功。
(用於回答)當然;可以;沒問題
"May I use your motorcycle?" "Certainly".
"我可以借用你的摩托車嗎?" "行。"
opportunity
機會;良機[C][U][(+of/for)][+to-v]
There may be an opportunity for you to see the chairman of the board tomorrow.
明天你也許有機會見到董事長。
Soon he had an opportunity of explaining that to her.
不久他便有了向她解釋那件事的機會。
standpoint
立場,觀點,看法[C]
We should look at this from a historical standpoint.
我們應從歷史的觀點看待這事。
This is an unprofitable discussion. Our standpoints are too different.
這是一種無益的討論。我們的立場太不一樣了
relationship
關係,關聯;人際關係[U][C][(+between/to/with)]
The children learned about the relationship between the moon and the tides.
孩子們弄懂了月球與潮汐的關係。
親屬關係;姻親關係[U][(+to)]
What is your relationship to the victim?
你是受害者的什麼人?
風流韻事;戀愛關係[C]
Mary is not ready for a new relationship yet.
瑪莉對進入新的戀愛關係還沒有準備
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