In part two of our free English class series Sports in America: Ice Hockey series, we will take a closer look at one of the greatest moments in America’s sports history: The Miracle on Ice!
Approximately 15 minutes
The 1980 Winter Olympics and a Miracle on Ice
Click below to listen to a recording of this passage.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the words in bold from the passage:
Grammar Center: Sports Idioms
If you’ve ever had a conversation about sports in English, you know that the subject has its own unique vocabulary. In addition to the different terms for positions, equipment, and competitions, there are also sports idioms to describe different actions on and off the field. Here’s one such idiom from the passage above:
However, the story of America’s win at the 1980 Winter Olympics is one for the ages.
While “one for the ages” is technically not unique to sports, it is commonly used to describe significant games or noteworthy moments in sports history. Alternatively, many English idioms are taken from sports and used in a variety of settings unrelated to athletics. Here are a few examples:
Now you can use these sports idioms to spice up your own English conversations!