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热心读者撰写中英文专题文章介绍“美国的体育运动热潮”

2018-11-22 09:37:04

美国体育运动热潮
诺斯库伯基督学院(North Cobb Christian School)
林晨熙(Matt Lin)
       美国是世界体育大国之一,美国人民非常热爱体育运动。这个国家诞生了许多一流的运动员,这些运动员在他们的职业生涯中赢得了无数荣誉。橄榄球、篮球和美式足球这三项运动在美国运动中占据了主导地位,它们各自的联盟分别是国家橄榄球联盟(NFL)、国家篮球协会(NBA)和职业足球联盟(MLS)。
       为什么美国人对于体育运动如此狂热呢?因为体育运动一直伴随着他们的成长。从他们的孩童时代开始,他们就会观看形形色色的体育运动。每一个美国青少年都会在学校或者俱乐部参加至少一项体育运动。随着时间流逝,虽然他们长大了,但仍然喜欢观看体育运动。和朋友们边喝啤酒,边看体育比赛,一起疯狂,这也会让他们忆起曾经的青春年华。
       在过去的四年里,我在佐治亚州的亚特兰大——一个充满活力的城市,学习和生活着。在这个城市里,很多人都对NFL的猎鹰球队疯狂痴迷,猎鹰队通常在赛季中表现非常出色。今年,我在新落成的梅赛德斯奔驰体育场观看了一场猎鹰比赛。这个体育场巨大无比,能够容纳8万多名球迷。球员们一踏进体育场,场内立刻就沸腾了起来。在比赛中,球迷好像和球员一起在场上踢球一样。当猎鹰队得分时,球迷们为之疯狂欢呼;当其他球队得分时,猎鹰队的球迷对其他队的球迷嗤之以鼻、愤愤不平。在那一刻,我深刻地感受到了体育运动对美国人意味着什么。他们“热爱”体育运动胜过世界上任何的事物。
       虽然篮球在中国也很流行,但是美国是目前最厉害的篮球国家,其他国家的篮球队很难打败美国篮球队,因为他们有着最强的联盟,那就是NBA。NBA不仅仅吸引了来自世界各国所有最优秀的球员,而且也有着最大的价值。例如,洛杉矶湖人队的价值高达33亿美元。我相信大多数篮球迷都很崇拜勒布朗·詹姆斯。作为联盟的头号球员,布朗·詹姆斯效力于洛杉矶湖人队,签订了四年合约,获得酬劳1.54亿美元。虽然我还没有机会亲自观看这样级别的大球员的比赛,但我希望有一天我可以亲眼目睹其中的一场比赛。
       在美国,每一场比赛都是一场派对,体育运动就是一切。美国人热爱他们参加的运动,也热爱他们支持的球队。不管球队在比赛中表现的有多差或多好,他们总是热爱、支持他们喜欢的球队。这就是美国的体育文化,也是我所喜欢之处。


The American Craze for Sports
North Cobb Christian School
Matt Lin
 
The USA is one of the biggest countries whose citizens have an immense love for sports. The country produces a multitude of superb players who earn numerous honors throughout their career. America is dominated by three big sports: football, basketball, and soccer, which are represented, respectively, by the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Major League Soccer (MLS).

Why are Americans so crazy for sports? Because they grow up with sports, having watched all manner of sport since their childhood. Every American teenager plays at least one sport for their school or club. As time goes by, they grow older but they still love to watch sports. Watching the games with friends while drinking beer drives them crazy and reminds them of their youth.

For the past four years, I have lived and studied in the vibrant city of Atlanta, Georgia. In this city, many people are crazy about the NFL team the Falcons, which usually perform well during the playing season. This year, I attended a Falcons game in the newly built, gigantic Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has the capacity to host 80,000 fans. Everyone became feverish as soon as they stepped into the stadium. During the game, it seemed the fans and players were playing together. The fans cheered loudest for the team when the Falcons scored. Most of the fans trash-talked the other team’s fans when the other team scored. At that point, I felt what sport meant to Americans. They “love” sport more than anything in the world.

Although basketball has become popular in China, America is the greatest basketball country; never will any other country be able to beat American basketball players, as they have the strongest league, which is the NBA. Not only does the NBA attract all the best players from every country, but it also has the greatest value. For example, the value of the LA Lakers franchise is estimated at$3.3 billion. I believe most basketball fans adore LeBron James, because he, the number one player in the league, went to LA to play for the Lakers and got $154 million for a four-year contract. I haven’t yet had the chance to watch the big players’ games in person, but I have the wish to one day attend one.

In America, every game is a party. Sport is EVERYTHING. Americans love the game they play and they love the team they support, no matter how bad or how good that team is. This is American sport culture and this is what I enjoy.