1. Athletics : Atletismo
2. Baseball : Baseball
3. Basketball : Baloncesto
4. Bowling : Bolos
5. car racing : Carreras de automoviles
6. cycling : Ciclismo
7. football : Futbol
8. Chess: Ajedrez
9. golf : Golf
10. handball : Balón Mano
11. soccer: Futbol
12. swimming : Natación
13. tennis : Tenis
14. volleyball : Volleyball
15. gymnastics : Gimnasia
16. Members: Miembros
17. Hall of Fame : Salón de la fama
18. Tournament : Torneo
19. Trainer : Entrenador
20. Coach: Tecnico o Entrenador
21. To suceed: Tener éxito
22. Games: Juegos
23. Champion: Campeón
24. Contest: Concurso
25. Competition : Competencia
26. To win: Ganar
27. To Lose: Perder
28. First Place: Primer Lugar
29. Second Place: Segundo Lugar
30. Third Place: Tercer lugar
31. Winner: Ganador
32. Talents: Talentos
33. Outdoor Sports: Deportes al aire libre
34. Awards. Premios
35. To participate: Participar
36. Winner: ganador
37. To defeat: derrotar
38. To fight: luchar
39. Title : Titulo
40. To defend: defender
41. To be born: Nacer en
42. To make a debut: Hacer el debut
43. Beat: vencer
44. Court : Cancha
45. Soccer Field: Cancha de futbol
46. Draw: Empate
47. League : Liga
48. Medal : Medal
49. Record: record
50. Achievement: logro
51. Rules: Reglas
52. Skills: habilidades
53. Team mates: Compañeros de Equipo
54. Victoy : Victoria
55. To score : Anotar
56. Challenges : Desafios
57. Experience: Experiencia
58. Accomplish: Lograr
59. Accomplishment: logros
60. Obstacles: obstaculos
61. To celebrate: celebrar
62. To climb: escalar
63. To play: jugar
64. To jog: trotar
65. To swim: nadar
66. Amateur: Aficionado
67. Dedicated: Dedicado
68. Committed: Comprometido
69. Goals: Metas
70. Oustanding: Extraordinario
71. Performance: Desempeño
72. Injuy : Lesión
73. Successful : Exitoso
74. Strong: Fuerte
75. To expect: Esperar
76. To fulfill: Cumplir
77. To retire: retirarse
78. To join: unirse
79. Uniform: uniforme
80. Helmet: casco
81. Cleats: tacos
82. Tall: Alto
83. Height : Altura
84. Weight: Peso
85. Championship: Campeonato
86. Gloves: Guantes
87. Waves: olas
88. Reputation: reputatión
89. To improve:mejorar
90. Challenger : contrincante
91. To break: romper
92. To reach : alcanzar
93. To set: colocar
94. Role model: modelo a seguir
95. To earn : ganar
96. To grow: crecer
97. To suffer: sufrir
98. To retain: retener
99. To last: durar
100. Stressful : estresante
Costa Rican National Athletes
Read the text and answer the questions found at the end of reading
Nery Antonio Brenes Cárdenas (born September 25, 1985) is a Costa Rican sprinter ,
He is one of Costa Rica's most prominent track and field athletes and reached the semi-
finals at the 400 m sprint in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Brenes won the gold
medal in Istanbul in the 2012, setting a new national and championship record. "Brenes
improved his personal mark by approximately one second, something nobody expected
on a championship, taking the gold medal",
Andrey Amador Bikkazakova
Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (born 29 August 1986) is a Costa Rican professional road
bicycle racer for the Movistar Team. He started cycling professionally at the age of 20 in
2006. Amador was selected to carry the flag for Costa Rica at the 2011 Pan American
Games opening ceremony. He is the first Costa Rican to ever ride the Tour de France. In
2012, Amador won a mountainous stage 14 in the Giro d'Italia after breaking away from
the group during the final descent right before the final climb. Though he was caught right
at the finish of the climb he won the sprint in the end. In 2013, he finished 8th overall in
Claudia Maria Poll Ahrens (born 21 December 1972) is a Costa Rican swimmer who
competed in the 200 m to 800 m freestyle events. She is Costa Rica's only gold-medalist,
having won the country's first Olympic gold medals at the 1996 Olympics in the 200 meter
freestyle. She is a multiple national record holder in the freestyle events.
Her sister, Silvia, won Costa Rica's first Olympic medal at the 1988 Games. As of 2014,
Claudia and Silvia are the only Costa Ricans to have won a medal at an Olympics. Claudia
also competed at the 2000 Olympics, where she won two bronze medals. Moreover, she
was the first person from Central America to win a gold medal
Hanna Gabriel Valle (Alajuela, Costa Rica, January 14, 1983) is a Costa Rican boxer, junior
middleweight category,she debuted in the Gimnasio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica, on
November 17, 2007, fighting Nicaraguan Aoska Xochilet Herrera and defeating her by KO. On
December 19, 2009 Gabriel won the World Boxing Organization welterweight World
Championship. On March 31, 2011, Hanna fought and defeated Melisenda Pérez once again
while defending her World Championship Title during the inauguration acts of Costa Rica's new
National Stadium in front of 14.000 attendees. It took Hanna seven rounds to defeat her rival by
knockout On February 28, 2013 she lost her World Championship title to Oxandia Castillo by a
knockout in the 2nd round.
Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa (born 15 December 1986) is a Costa Rican
professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica
national football team, as a goalkeeper. After starting out at Saprissa he moved
to Albacete, and then to Levante in La Liga. Navas has played over 50 times for Costa
Rica since making his debut in 2008.
He made his debut in the FIFA World Cup on 14 June 2014,appearing in a 3–1
win against Uruguay in Fortaleza, Navas was named Man of the match several
times after several outstanding saves which led to Costa Rica reaching the quarter-finals
for the first time ever.
Gabriela Gerarda Traña Trigueros (born 3 March 1980 in Alajuela, Costa Rica) is
a Costa Rican long-distance runner She competed in the marathon at the 2008 Summer
Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2012, she was also the flag bearer for
the Costa Rican team during the opening ceremony
Sharolyn Scott Norman (born 27 October 1983 in Limón) is a Costa Rican hurdler. At
the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in the Women's 400 metres hurdles.
Heiner Oviedo (born 28 December 1988 in San José) is a Costa
Rican taekwondo practitioner. He competed in the 58 kg event at the 2012 Summer
Bryan Vasquez (San José , 1 Costa Rica , August 26, 1987 ) is a Costa Rican boxer. His
career includes interim title Champion of the World Boxing Association ( WBA )
Questions to answer after reading
a) When was Nery born?
b) When did Nery win the Gold Medal
c) When did Andrey start cycling?
d) What team does Andrey represent?
e) What’s the name of claudia’s sister?
f) What’s claudia’s greatest accomplishment?
g) When was Hanna’s debut?
h) When did Hanna win the WBO welterweight championship?
i) When did Hanna lost her welterweight title?
j) Who is Keylor Navas?
k) How old is keylor Navas?
l) In which teams has Keylor Navas played?
m) When was Keylor Navas Worldcup debut?
n) Who is Gabriela Traña?
o) How many times has she participated in the summer olympics?
p) Who is Sharolyn Scott?
q) Who is Heyner Oviedo?
r) What is Bryan’s Vasquez greatest accomplishments?
Life and Achievements of Famous Athletes
Read the text and choose the alternative that completes each sentence correctly.
PABLO CESAR WANCHOPE
Everybody knows Wanchope. He was born in Heredia in 1976. He is 1.93 m tall
and weighs 78 kg. Today he is one of the most outstanding soccer players in the
world. In December 2000, he rose to become the 22nd
player in FIFA.
He left Heredia’s Team in 1997 and signed on as a player for Derby County. In 1999,
he left for West Ham United.
In March 2002, playing as a forward for Manchester, he suffered a knee injury. In
July, still fighting to save his career, he underwent surgery for the same knee
problem. In 2003, he went to surgery on again for a hip problem, and suffered from
a dislocated shoulder while training.
1) The text highlights Wanchope’s most important professional achievement was to
A) play for Derby County in 1996
B) become an unknown soccer player
C) travel to England to Manchester City
D) be in 22nd
place in the FIFA World Players
2) Pablo had to fight to __________ .
A) have a surgery
B) save his career
C) visit Costa Rica
D) be out for 1.93 m
3) In 2002, Wanchope played as a __________ for Manchester City Team.
D) goal keeper
4) Wanchope is a __________ soccer player.
1. How long is the whole Cycling tour of Costa Rica?
a. One month
b. Twelve days
c. All of December
d. More than 12 days
2. Where does this cycling tour take place?
A. mostly across the mountain chains
B. on the main roads of Costa Rica
C. throughout the bike lanes
D. on level sea
3. Which difficulty do cyclists face during the tour?
a. There are bike lanes along the roads
b. There’s no one in charge of safety
c. Costa Ricans’ awful attitude
d. Roads in bad condition
4. Why do cyclists have to ride very carefully? Because ____________________________
a. They need a special helmet for wind
b. There are special road lanes for cyclists
c. Some people drive hazardously
d. Most of the roads are too flat
5. Which item does the article mention as an indispensable part of the equipment?
6. When does the cycling tour of Costa Rica finish?
a. In December
b. When cyclists reach the sea level
c. Before crossing the country
d. When the traffic is not hazardous
Vuelta a Costa Rica
Costa Ricans are particularly fond of cycling , and bicycle racing is a major sport culminating each
December in a 12 –day-long vuelta a Costa Rica (cycling tour of Costa Rica) which crosses the
mountain chain from level sea to over 3,000 meters . Away from the main highways, roads are less
traveled. However, there are not bike lanes. holes are a persistent problem and traffic can be
hazardous on the steep and windy mountain roads, so even though there are vehicles with people in
charge of the cyclist safety, it becomes a must to wear a helmet as a part of the equipment to
practice this popular sport.
7. Evaristo Coronado played_______________________________________
a. All of his career for Deportivo Saprissa
b. For many international soccer teams
c. On several teams in Costa Rica
d. For Los Ángeles Soccer Team
8. Coronado coached Saprissa _______________________________
a. During his entire career
b. From 1993 to 1995
c. During the 1980´s
d. For a short time
9. Evaristo first played with the National Soccer Team
a. When Bora was coaching Everest’s team
b. In the 1990 FIFA World Cup
c. Before 1984
d. After 1992
10. At the 1990 World Cup ,Evaristo Coronado_______________
a. qualified for the final game with Costa Rica’s
b. did not participate in a tournament
c. played his first international match
d. was Costa Rica’s top scorer
11. Evaristo’s last international game was against_______________________________
a. Los Angeles
b. Costa Rica
12. During Evaristo’s career, he never_______________________________________
a. Won a national tournament with Saprissa
b. Played with Costa Rica’s team
c. Got a red card
d. Scored a goal
13. Evaristo’s nickname was´´_________________________________________
a. The Soccer Gentleman
b. The man of the Goal
c. Saprissa’s scorer
d. The Fair Man
THE SOCCER STAR
Evaristo Coronado is one of the most recognized sports figures in Costa Rica. He played his entire
career for Deportivo Saprissa, where he holds the team record for the most goals scored ever.
He was known as “The Soccer Gentleman” because of his style of playing the game. He was always
very fair and respectful of his adversaries and referees even before FIFA´s Fair Game philosophy
was enumerated. He was well-known for never having received a red card in his career. Coronado
helped Saprissa win five national titles during the 1980´s and 1990´s, as well as two CONCACAF
Championships in 1993 and 1995.
He also played with the National Team making his debut in 1983 and scored in the 1984 Olympics
in Los Angeles. He was Costa Rica’s top scorer in the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for Italy,
but coach Bora Milutinovic dropped him from the team that played in the World Cup. He played
his last international game in a FIFA World Cup qualification game against Mexico on November
22, 1992. After his retirement, he coached Deportivo Saprissa for not very long.
Read the text
20. Marlon gets up at___________________ daily.
a. Six thirty
b. Six o´clock
c. Twenty past six
d. A quarter past six
21. Marion usually has breakfast _________________running.
c. When he is
d. Previous to
22. Marlon _______________going out with his friends before an important game.
23. Marlon thinks that an athlete has to go bed.
a. Early in the morning
b. Early at night
c. Late at night
d. At midnight
24. Marlon likes too be a (n) _______________person.
25. Before an important game, Marlon goes to bed ________________.
a. Later than usual
b. Earlier than usual
c. As late as his friends
d. At the same time he always does
A Day in the Life of Marlon Rasta
Marlon Rasta is a superstar. He plays basketball for the Blue Ribbons and everyone loves him.
He doesn’t really to be a star and he tries to live his life an ordinary person.
Marlon gets up at 6:30 every morning and goes for a ten-mile run before breakfast. He runs
through Central Park, where most people know him. He always gives them a smile and a wave
when he sees them. They all think he’s a wonderful guy. After breakfast, Marlon usually has a
public appearance of some kind. Every afternoon, Marlon has a training session with the Blue
They work in the gym for an hour. Then they practice and ball skills for four or five hours.
Alex Johnson, the Blue Ribbons’ head coach, says that Marlon is the best player he has ever
Marlon doesn’t like to go out with his friends before an important game. He goes to bed
around 9 p.m. every day 8 p.m. the day before an important game because he knows it is
necessary for an athlete to get a good night’s sleep.
Read the text
26. Alexandre Guimaraes was born in _____________________.
d. San José
27. Guimaraes’ nickname is __________________________.
c. The Brazilian
d. Purple Monster
28. Alexandre retired as a soccer player _____________________________________________.
a. after the year 2000
b. during the early nineties
c. right after returning to his beloved Saprissa
d. when he coached the National Team in 2002
29. Alexandre won ___________________________.
a. Three titles in 1990
b. Two national league titles
c. Two national organizations
d. Two successful stints in Brazil
30. According to the article, Alexandre Guimaraes is ______________________ coach in Costa Rica.
a. an unpopular
b. a disorganized
c. an outstanding
d. an inexperience
Alexandre Guimaraes (Guima) has been one of the finest coaches ever to lead the Costa Rica
National Team. The Brazilian-born tactician was the only man to guide Costa Rica safely through
qualifiers for two FIFA World Cups; the tournament in Germany was his second.
Guimaraes first arrived in Costa Rica at the age of 12 when his father, a Brazilian doctor, was
commissioned by the World Health Organization to fight against the spread of malaria in this
Central American country. The Guimaraes family settled in the capital city, San José, where
Alexandre took his first steps in the world of professional football.
Thirteen years later, the former National Team coach acquired the Costa Rican citizenship; he
quickly became an integral part of the team and played in all four games during the country’s
historic campaign at Italy 90.
As a player, he achieved a good position at Deportivo Saprissa, winning three titles during a nine-
year period with Saprissa Soccer Team. After retiring in 1992, he kicked off his coaching
career with successful stints at Belén and Heredia, before returning to his beloved Saprissa.
Guimaraes led the team to two league titles. On the back of his success with Saprissa, Guima
became the popular choice to take over as coach of Costa Rica. Following his appointment in
2000, the gifted strategies led the Ticos to a place in Korea/Japan 2002, Costa Rica’s first
appearance on world football’s biggest stage since their heroic participation in Italy.