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Describe a famous athlete you know

Describe a famous athlete you know

You should say:

  • Who this person is?
  • What do they do?
  • How successful are they?
  • Explain why they are famous?

Sample Answer

To be honest, sports have never been my cup of tea; however, if I need to talk about a popular sports person today, it’ll have to be Nguyen Thi Anh Vien. 

I’m sure you have heard of her name already as she is a national record-holding swimmer in Vietnam. At the 2014 Asian Games, she won Vietnam’s first-ever medal in Swimming. After that, her fame spread like wildfire all around my country and even a person who was not interested in swimming like me knew about her.

Anh Vien is regarded as one of the most influential athletes in Vietnamese history. She has inspired countless people with the story of her career. Additionally, she is also living proof that with sheer determination and total dedication, you can be successful in your career path. Back in the day when she was just nameless and unknown, she had to train in such harsh conditions and was challenged to break her own limit. However, her commitment to her swimming career was unwavering and she never gave up. 

Even when her career blossomed, and she became a highly sought-after athlete in Vietnam, she is still hard-working and never skips a practice day. I still vividly remember her famous quotation when she was asked why she kept trying and improving despite being at the peak of her career. Without hesitation, she said: “If I am satisfied with what I have achieved, I am a failure now, not tomorrow. I don’t remember winning, every day I work hard as if I haven’t won anything.”

Unfortunately, her career’s success is only ephemeral. At the 2020 Summer Olympics, Anh Vien failed in the qualifying round of the swimming events; the parameters also showed that her performance was no longer the same as before. However, I believe that Anh Vien is a perennial legend in swimming of all time in Vietnam, and she will undoubtedly go down in history. 


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