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 The Kid Always Chosen Last
  By Lisa Miller Fields
  
  Pudgy1) and shy, Ben Saunders was the last kid in his class picked for any sports team.“Football, hockey, tennis, cricket — anything with a round ball, I was useless,?he says now with a laugh. But back then he was the object of jokes and ridicule in school gym classes in England’s rural Devon County.
  It was a mountain bike he received for his 15th birthday that changed him. At first the teen went biking alone in a nearby forest. Then he began to pedal along with a runner friend. Gradually, Saunders set his mind on building up his body, increasing his speed, strength and endurance. At age 18, he ran his first marathon.
  The following year, he met John Ridgway, who became famous in the 1960s for rowing an open boat across the Atlantic Ocean. Saunders was hired as an instructor at Ridgway’s School of Adventure in Scotland, where he learned about the older man’s cold water exploits. Intrigued2), Saunders read all he could about Arctic explorers and North Pole expeditions, then decided that this would be his future.
  Treks3) to the Pole aren’t the usual holidays for British country boys, and those who didn’t dismiss his dream as fantasy probably doubted he had what it takes. “John Ridgway was one of the few people who didn’t say, ‘You’re completely nuts,??Saunders says.
  In 2001, after becoming a proficient skier, Saunders embarked on4) his first long-distance expedition toward the North Pole. It took incredible stamina5). He suffered frostbite6), had a close encounter with a polar bear and pushed his body to the limit, hauling his supply-laden sledge7) up and over jagged8) ice ridges.
  Saunders has since become the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole, and he’s skied more of the Arctic by himself than any other Briton. His old playmates would not believe the transformation.
  This October, Saunders, 27, heads south to trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, an 1,800-mile journey that has never been completed on skis.
  
  The Understudy
  By Joseph K. Vetter
  
  “Angie, I know you like to sing,?her father, a practical autoworker, told Angela Brown, 襜ut you gotta have something to fall back on10).?
  Brown took her father’s advice. She got a degree in secretarial science before enrolling in Oakwood College, in Huntsville, Alabama. Her aim was to become a singing evangelist11). But then the opera bug12) bit.
  So after graduation she headed to Indiana University to study with legendary soprano13) Virginia Zeani.
  Once, when Brown was plagued14) by self-doubt, Zeani challenged her, “If you want to be the next Aretha Franklin15), go, you need no more lessons,?Brown remembers her saying. “But if you want to be the best Verdian soprano this world has ever seen, you must work.?
  Work she did. Three times she competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions16). Three times she failed to make the final round in New York. Then, in 1997 at age 33, the age limit for sopranos to audition, she gave it one more try. She signed up at the last minute and didn’t even practice, figuring,“All they could do was tell me no, and that didn’t hurt my feelings anymore.?She had the strength she needed to fall back on if she failed.
  She won. But making it to New York was just the beginning. Singers don’t spring into starring roles. It took her three more years to become a Met understudy. But waiting in the wings was fine with her. Finally, her time came. When the featured singer fell ill, Brown earned the chance to sing the lead role in Aida17). And The New York Times proclaimed her debut18) a triumph. Angela Brown, soprano, who had prepared for 20 years, was an “overnight?sensation at age 40.
  
  总是不被看好的小孩
  莉萨·米勒·菲尔茨
  
  本·桑德斯是个胖乎乎又害羞的孩子,班里为运动队挑选队员的时候,从来都选不到他。“足球、曲棍球、网球、板球——只要是和球类有关的运动,我都不行。”他如今笑着说道。可是当年,在英国乡村德文郡上学的时候,他可是体育课上大家开玩笑和嘲弄的对象。   She won. But making it to New York was just the beginning. Singers don’t spring into starring roles. It took her three more years to become a Met understudy. But waiting in the wings was fine with her. Finally, her time came. When the featured singer fell ill, Brown earned the chance to sing the lead role in Aida17). And The New York Times proclaimed her debut18) a triumph. Angela Brown, soprano, who had prepared for 20 years, was an “overnight?sensation at age 40.

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