Presenter
Hi I'm Natalie and welcome to Talking Sport.
This month the World Gymnastic Championships are taking place in
Tokyo.
The event is also one of the qualifying competitions for the Olympics.
Unfortunately American gymnast Shawn Johnson wasn't chosen to
compete for Team USA, but she is still hoping to be selected for the
Olympics in another event.
Let's hear from Shawn.
She trains most days of the week but listen out for what Shawn
says is the hardest part.
Clip
Being tired or being sore or wanting to hang out with friends or just
go watch TV, I can't do that. I don't know. I'd say the hardest bit is
not knowing if I'm going to make it or not.
Presenter
Watch the clip again.
Clip
Being tired or being sore or wanting to hang out with friends or just
go watch TV, I can't do that. I don't know. I'd say the hardest bit is
not knowing if I'm going to make it or not.
Presenter
Shawn said that the hardest part is not knowing if she is going to
make it or not.
The hardest bit is not knowing if I am going to make it or not.
make it
In this context Shawn uses the phrase make it to mean be
successful. Talking Sport © bbclearningenglish.com 2011
When Shawn says she doesn't know if she is going to make it, she
means she doesn't know if she is going to be successful.
Well Shawn finds it hard not knowing if she is going to make it to
the London 2012 Olympics.
Let's hear from some people in London and listen to how they use
the phrase 'make it'.
Vox pops
My son wants to make it as a teacher.
I know my friend is going to make it as an actress.
I'm playing in a band but I don't think we are going to make it in
the music business.
On screen
My son wants to make it as…
I know my friend is going to make it as…
I don't think we are going to make it…
Presenter

I'm Natalie and that's all from Talking Sport.
I'll see you next time.
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