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Teens win first medals for Japan

Sample newspaper article

TEENS WIN FIRST MEDALS FOR JAPAN

2月11日に行われたスノーボード男子ハーフパイプで15歳の平野歩夢が2位、18歳の平岡卓が3位になり、男女を通じ、日本勢としてソチ五輪初のメダルを獲得した。平野は一回目に90.75点、2回目に93.50点を出し、92.25点の平岡を抜いた。スイスのユーリ・ポドラドチコフが94.75点で優勝した。3連覇を狙った米国のショーン・ホワイトは一回目のミスが響き、90.25点の4位だった。平野は冬季五輪の日本史上最年少のメダリストとなった。スノーボードで日本勢が五輪のメダルを取るのは初めて。同日に行われたノルディックスキー・ジャンプ女子は優勝候補の高梨沙羅17歳が4位に終わり、メダルを逃した。 (Feb. 12)

Words and phrases

行なわれた (oko-) carried out; スノーボード snowboard; 男子 (danshi) men’s; ハーフパイプ halfpipe; 2位 (ni’i) second place; 男女 (danjo) men and women; 日本勢 (Nippon-zei) Japan’s energy: 五輪 (Gorin) Olympic Games; 初の (hatsu-) first; メダル medal; 獲得した (kakutoku-) obtained; 一回目 (ikkaime) first trial; 出し (da-) earned; 抜いた (nui-) surpassed; 優勝した (ūshō- ) won the championship; 3連覇 (sanrenpa) three times in a row; 狙った (neratta) aimed at; 米国 (Beikoku) the United States; ミス mistakes; 響き (hibi-) affected; 冬期 (tōki) winter; 史上 (shijō) history; 最年少 (sainenshō) the youngest メダリスト medalist; 同日 (dōjitsu) the same day; 女子 (joshi) women’s; 候補 (kōho) candidate; 終わり (o-) finished; 逃した (noga-) missed

Sample radio or television report

2-gatsu 11-nichi-ni okonawareta sunōbōdo danshi hāfupaipu-de 15-sai-no Hirano Ayumu-ga ni’i, 18-sai-no Hiraoka Taku-ga san’i-ni nari, danjo-wo tsūji, Nippon-zei-to-shite Sochi Gorin hatsu-no medaru-wo kakutoku shimashita. Hirano-ha ikkaime-ni 90.75-ten, nikaime-ni 93.50-ten-wo dashi, 92.25-ten-no Hiraoka-wo nukimashita. Suisu-no Yuri Podoradochikofu-ga 94.75-ten-de ūshō-shimashita. Sanrenpa-wo neratta Beikoku-no Shon Howaito-ha ikkaime-no misu-ga hibiki, 90.25-ten-de yon’i-ni narimashita. Hirano-ha Tōki Gorin-no Nippon-shijō sainenshō-no medarisuto-ni narimashita. Sunōbōdo-de Nippon-zei-ga Gorin-no medaru-wo toru-no-ha hajimete-desu. Dōjitsu-ni okonawareta Norudikku Janpu joshi-ha ūshō kōho-no Takanashi Sara 17-saiga yon’i-ni owari, medaru-wo nogashimashita.

Translation

Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka earned Japan’s first medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 11 by taking silver and bronze, respectively, in the men’s snowboard halfpipe. The 15-year-old Hirano led after the first round with a score of 90.75 and surpassed that with a second-round jump of 93.50 that pushed the 18-year-old Hiraoka into third place with a score of 92.25. Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov took the gold with a tremendous second run worth 94.75 points. Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White of the United States crashed on his first run and his second run was only good enough to earn fourth place on 90.25. The medals were Japan’s first in Olympic snowboarding, and Hirano became Japan’s youngest Winter Olympic medalist. Sara Takanashi, the 17-year-old overwhelming favorite for the gold medal in the women’s normal hill ski jumping, finished fourth and left without a medal on the same day.

A conversation between acquaintances

A: Sunōbōdo danshi hāfupaipu-de Nippon-jin senshu-ga ni’i to san’i-ni natta sō-desu. (I heard Japanese athletes won a silver and a bronze medal in the men’s snowboard halfpipe.)

B: Sochi Gorin-de yatto medaru-ga torete yokatta-desu-ne. (I’m glad Japan finally got some medals at the Sochi Olympics.)

Conversation between a husband and wife

H: Medarisuto-no Hirano Ayumu to Hiraoka Taku-ha futari-tomo mada jyūdai da sō-desu. (I heard mdalists Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka are both in their teens.)

W: Futari-tomo wakai-no-ni sugoi-wa. (I’m impressed that such young people did a great job.) (No. 1197)