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  • Terry Evanshen was one of Canadian football’s greatest receivers——a little man in a big man’s game who carried the ball for more than 10,000 yards in 14 bone-jarring seasons.


    He played every down as if it was his last. And in all his years in the pros1 a career that put him in the top 10 in total catches with a remarkable2 92 touchdowns he surrendered only three fumbles3.

    他在狂暴而激烈的赛场上闯荡了14个赛季。 每次进攻,他都将它看作是自己的最后一次进攻机会。他总共92次完成“触地得分”,成绩骄人。

    A statistic4 that’s a measure of his legendary5 determination to never give up. Despite his Hall of Fame career, Terry’s memories of his playing days have been irretrievably lost to amnesia6.

    在他打职业赛的全部年头里,他是接球次数最多的十大优秀橄榄球手之一,他只掉过3次球。这些数字正是那他非一般的决心的真实写照—永不放弃。 显赫的职业生涯使特里在“名人堂”占有一席之地。然而,他对自己辉煌岁月的记忆,都在失忆后被彻底抹掉了。

    The 14 years that saw Terry win the Schenley Award for outstanding Canadian player twice, seven all-star selections and a raft of other records have been forgotten.


    It was in the summer of 1988 that his post-football career in sales was taking off.


    One day in July, his youngest daughter Jennifer remembers getting a phone call from Terry on his way home from work.


    “He called on his cell phone, and said, ‘I’ll be home in 10 minutes.’ Coming home for a barbecue.” Jennifer said, “And I said, ‘I love you’ and he said, ‘OK, I love you. I’ll see you in 10 minutes.’”


    But as he passed through an intersection8 a van ran a red light, smashing into Terry’s jeep, ripping him out of his seat belt and sending him hurtling five meters through the air.


    Within minutes Terry’s unconscious body was picked up by paramedics at the side of the road.


    Noticing his skin had taken on a deep blue hue——indicating a lack of oxygen——medics put a pipe down Terry’s throat, and he was rushed to nearby Oshawa General hospital.


    “By the time Terry came in, we were ready and waiting for him,” said Marianne Timmermans, one of the nurses who initially9 worked on him. He was in critical condition.

    “特里被送进来之前,我们早已准备就绪,在等着他了。”当年照顾他的其中一位护士玛丽安?提莫曼斯说。 特里的情况相当危急。

    Moments later, police arrived at the Evanshen home with the news. Lorraine, Terry’s wife of 25 years, remembers seeing him in the intensive care unit for the first time after the accident.

    过了一会儿,警察来到了伊文森家里,将这一意外告知了他的家人。 和特里生活了25年的妻子洛兰,回忆起事故后第一次在重症监护病房看到丈夫时的情形。

    There was nothing but machines all over him. He wasn’t a pretty sight, and at that time their hope and that of the doctors wasn’t very good. Terry lay deep in a coma10.

    当时他全身上下接遍了大大小小的仪器。他看起来情况不妙,家人和医生们都不抱乐观态度。 特里处于深度昏迷状态。

    But as unbelievable as his injuries seemed to be, so too were Terry’s powers of recovery. Three weeks after being thrown from his vehicle, he came out of his coma. But although he was by all appearances intact, Terry would soon reveal an injury far more severe than whatever damage had been done to his body.

    正如他的受伤是突如其来的一样,他身体的康复能力同样是让人始料不及的。车祸后的三个星期,特里就从昏迷中清醒了过来。 虽然从表面看起来,特里的身体并没有受太大伤害,但人们很快发现,车祸给特里造成的影响,远不止身体上的伤害。

    A lifetime of memories had been vir-tually wiped clean. He didn’t even recognize his own wife. It wasn’t just his memories of people and events that had been erased11.

    车祸把特里之前所有的记忆抹掉了,他甚至认不出自己的妻子。 消失的还不仅是特里对人物和事件的记忆。

    When Terry awoke from his coma, he had been all but reduced to the level of a child; everything from his ability to talk and walk to his understanding of what it meant to be a husband and a father were all gone.


    At age 44, Terry Evanshen would be starting all over again. Terry had to retrain himself how to think, how to speak, even relearning something as basic as how to shave.

    到了44岁的时候,特里?伊文森的人生突然被迫重头再来。 特里必须重新学习如何思考,如何说话,甚至学习像刮胡子这么简单的事情。

    But as unsettling as his behavior was for his family, what made it worse was that Terry’s brain could not understand the most basic human emotions. He recalls what it was like to live without a sense of what love is: not knowing what the word meant, I wouldn’t know how to look at other people. I wouldn’t know how to show proper affection to you. What is that affection anyway? What is right, what should I do?

    特里的状况让家人痛心不已。更糟的是,特里的大脑已经完全无法理解最简单的人类情感。 后来,特里回忆起在不明白爱的那段日子里的生活情形:“不知道‘爱’这个字意味着什么,我便不懂得该用什么目光看别人;我不知道怎么向他人恰当地表达感情;感情的涵义到底是什么呢?怎样做才是对的?我该怎么做?”

    But as much as Terry had a problem, he also had the support of his family, marked by small victories and a renewed bond between him and his three daughters like when they taught him how to play football again.


    “So I was standing7 there and I said ‘Put your hand out,’ like he used to,” said Terry’s daughter Tara. “So he did and then Tracey threw him the ball and that’s when he stood there, and that’s when I realized, ‘Oh my god, I think he really doesn’t remember how to do this.’ ”


    But when Terry returned in 1992 from a six-month stint12 at a state-of-the-art rehabilitation13 center in Washington State, his recovery really began to pick up steam.


    It has taken years to rebuild his shattered life, but today, more than 20 years since his playing days Terry is a highly sought after motivational speaker. He tells his inspiring story of perseverance14 and courage in his presentation, Seize Each Day.


    “Never forget, we’re all in this game of life together,” Evanshen said, as he frequently referred to his large stack of cue cards in his hands. “We will get to the finish line, one day at a time, one moment at a time, but celebrate the journey. Seize today, because yesterday is gone and is never coming back.”


    The subject of the most watched Canadian movie of 2005, The Man Who Lost Himself, Evanshen says his family has been his most important asset. He stresses that he refuses to be a victim, claiming he is a survivor15.


     9级    双语 


    1 pros [prəʊz] pros   第8级
    abbr.prosecuting 起诉;prosecutor 起诉人;professionals 自由职业者;proscenium (舞台)前部n.赞成的意见( pro的名词复数 );赞成的理由;抵偿物;交换物
    • The pros and cons cancel out. 正反两种意见抵消。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
    • We should hear all the pros and cons of the matter before we make a decision. 我们在对这事做出决定之前,应该先听取正反两方面的意见。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    2 remarkable [rɪˈmɑ:kəbl] 8Vbx6   第7级
    • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills. 她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
    • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines. 这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
    3 fumbles [ˈfʌmblz] 866287cbcac37ceaf0454408cf8c5c10   第8级
    摸索,笨拙的处理( fumble的名词复数 )
    • Van der Meyde boots the ball to safety after Toldo fumbles a right cross. 因为托尔多在右侧漏球,范得美德把球护到安全的地方。
    • The placement shot fumbles the primary cause which into this competition Chinese army loses the game. 定位球失球成为本场比赛汉军输球的主要原因。
    4 statistic [stəˈtɪstɪk] QuGwb   第8级
    • Official statistics show real wages declining by 24%. 官方统计数字表明实际工资下降了24%。
    • There are no reliable statistics for the number of deaths in the battle. 关于阵亡人数没有可靠的统计数字。
    5 legendary [ˈledʒəndri] u1Vxg   第8级
    • Legendary stories are passed down from parents to children. 传奇故事是由父母传给孩子们的。
    • Odysseus was a legendary Greek hero. 奥狄修斯是传说中的希腊英雄。
    6 amnesia [æmˈni:ziə] lwLzy   第10级
    • People suffering from amnesia don't forget their general knowledge of objects. 患健忘症的人不会忘记关于物体的一些基本知识。
    • Chinese medicine experts developed a way to treat amnesia using marine materials. 中国医学专家研制出用海洋物质治疗遗忘症的方法。
    7 standing [ˈstændɪŋ] 2hCzgo   第8级
    • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing. 地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
    • They're standing out against any change in the law. 他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
    8 intersection [ˌɪntəˈsekʃn] w54xV   第7级
    n.交集,十字路口,交叉点;[计算机] 交集
    • There is a stop sign at an intersection. 在交叉路口处有停车标志。
    • Bridges are used to avoid the intersection of a railway and a highway. 桥用来避免铁路和公路直接交叉。
    9 initially [ɪˈnɪʃəli] 273xZ   第8级
    • The ban was initially opposed by the US. 这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
    • Feathers initially developed from insect scales. 羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
    10 coma [ˈkəʊmə] vqxzR   第8级
    • The patient rallied from the coma. 病人从昏迷中苏醒过来。
    • She went into a coma after swallowing a whole bottle of sleeping pills. 她吃了一整瓶安眠药后就昏迷过去了。
    11 erased ['ɪreɪsd] f4adee3fff79c6ddad5b2e45f730006a   第7级
    v.擦掉( erase的过去式和过去分词 );抹去;清除
    • He erased the wrong answer and wrote in the right one. 他擦去了错误答案,写上了正确答案。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • He removed the dogmatism from politics; he erased the party line. 他根除了政治中的教条主义,消除了政党界限。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    12 stint [stɪnt] 9GAzB   第10级
    n. 节约;定额,定量 vt. 节省;限制 vi. 紧缩,节省
    • He lavished money on his children without stint. 他在孩子们身上花钱毫不吝惜。
    • We hope that you will not stint your criticism. 我们希望您不吝指教。
    13 rehabilitation [ˌri:əˌbɪlɪ'teɪʃn] 8Vcxv   第8级
    • He's booked himself into a rehabilitation clinic. 他自己联系了一家康复诊所。
    • No one can really make me rehabilitation of injuries. 已经没有人可以真正令我的伤康复了。
    14 perseverance [ˌpɜ:sɪˈvɪərəns] oMaxH   第9级
    • It may take some perseverance to find the right people. 要找到合适的人也许需要有点锲而不舍的精神。
    • Perseverance leads to success. 有恒心就能胜利。
    15 survivor [səˈvaɪvə(r)] hrIw8   第8级
    • The sole survivor of the crash was an infant. 这次撞车的惟一幸存者是一个婴儿。
    • There was only one survivor of the plane crash. 这次飞机失事中只有一名幸存者。

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