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Presenter
Hi I'm Natalie and welcome to Talking Sport.
Today we will be hearing about athletes training for the Olympics in
the Arctic and we will be learning the phrases team unity and
competitive edge.
London is known for its cold and wet weather but some athletes are
not just training in the rain to prepare for the London 2012
Olympics!
This week BBC reporter Kieran Fox has been following the Belgian
athletics team, who have been to Iceland as part of their training.
Let's hear from Kieran.
Listen for what the athletes are hoping to build and listen out for
the phrase competitive edge.
Clip
Landjokull - a landscape carved from ice, but these are not Arctic
explorers this is a group of sprinters preparing for the 2012 summer
Olympics. Athletics is of course an individual sport, but when it
comes to the Olympics individuals compete for their country, for a
team. By coming here to Iceland and these harsh inhospitable
conditions the Belgian runners have to work for each other. They
hope they’ll build enough team unity to give them the competitive
edge come London 2012.
Presenter
Listen again for what the athletes are hoping to build and the
phrase competitive edge
Clip
Landjokull - a landscape carved from ice, but these are not Arctic
explorers this is a group of sprinters preparing for the 2012 summer
Olympics. Athletics is of course an individual sport, but when it
comes to the Olympics individuals compete for their country, for a
team. By coming here to Iceland and these harsh inhospitable
conditions the Belgian runners have to work for each other. They Talking Sport © bbclearningenglish.com 2011
hope they’ll build enough team unity to give them the
competitive edge come London 2012.
Presenter
So the Belgian athletes have to work together in the snow and ice
and they are hoping this will build team unity.
Team unity is when everyone in a team works very well together as
one unit.
Kieran said the athletes are hoping this team unity will give them
the competitive edge.
The competitive edge is when you are able to perform just a bit
better than your competitors.
They hope to build enough team unity to give them the competitive
edge for London 2012.
Well we have learnt the phrases team unity and competitive edge.
Now let's listen to some people in London using the phrase
competitive edge.
Vox pops
I am hoping that having a good university degree will give me the
competitive edge, when I’m applying for jobs.
I think that speaking more than one language, gives me the
competitive edge over people, when I’m looking for a job.
On screen
I am hoping that having a good university degree will give me the
competitive edge, when I'm applying for jobs.
I think that speaking more than one language gives me the
competitive edge over people, when I’m looking for a job.
Presenter

I'm Natalie and that’s all from Talking Sport.
See you next time.
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