This is the world’s fastest backwards runner. He likes to see where he’s been. He says he’s learned to see things with a different perspective, and to compete with his own shadow.
Speaking of runners, here’s something about Alan Turing (you saw “Imitation Game” right?) and how he was a talented runner.
This post has a link to a Wikipedia list of non-professional runners. where you can see Turing’s time. Next to him on the list is Shinya Yamanaka, the scientist who won the Nobel Prize a few years ago for stem-cell research.
I wasn’t surprised to see Haruki Murakami on the list, but I didn’t know Mao Asada was a runner, too.
This is Juju. She’s an 11 year-old racecar driver from Okayama. The short video is in Japanese with English subtitles.
This is one of my favorite lines:
So do you think we should lower the driving age to 11?
What did you think of the subtitles? Accurate?
But she did it by practicing. A lot. And being supported by her family.
Here’s a video from a couple of years ago about snowboarder Chloe Kim and how she got started:
And here are a couple more videos about her from The Kid Should See This.
Watch someone in Canada build a log cabin all by himself.
There’s no listening practice with this video, but you could try explaining what he’s doing. What vocabulary would you need?
Great dog, too. 🐕
If you’re curious about how it all happened, there are more videos on his YouTube channel. It’s all about “living off the grid” (田舎に引っ越し自給自足で生きて行くこと）。