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Photo of 'heavy' athletes preparing to compete in the caber toss
"正准备参加长木柱扔掷竞赛的「沉重」运动员
 

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Ligonier高地竞赛
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您听过「沉重运动员」(
heavy athlete)?不,这不是用来形容过重球员的字眼,它是用来指称那些参加常规苏格兰竞赛的人。宾州Ligonier所举办的高地竞赛,让许多沉重运动员有机会在各个项目中一较究竟。如:掷树比赛。您想掷树吗?

独立战争开打前,宾州西部的居民中,据估每三个人中,就有一位是苏格兰后裔。现在的Ligonier居民会举办Ligonier高地竞赛。旨在颂扬他们的苏格兰常规;其中几项最受欢迎的竞赛就叫做「沉重运动员」,这些竞赛主要是测量参赛者的力量及技巧。这些竞赛项目原本是古代的苏格兰领袖及族长,用来挑选出战的最佳勇士,但Ligonier举办这些比赛的目的则纯为好玩!

为看看谁能将重物拋最远,沉重运动员会进行的活动项目包括丢掷大石,甚或是链球。另外,他们也会在一个叫做长木柱扔掷的项目中彼此较劲。Caber就是盖尔语(常规的苏格兰语言)中的树木之意,Ligonier高地竞赛中使用的长木柱,是一个超过14英尺长的树干!



Have you ever heard of a "heavy athlete"? No, it's not an overweight ballplayer; it's someone who takes part in traditional Scottish games. The Highland Games in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, offer plenty of heavy athletes the opportunity to compete in events like tree-throwing. How would you like to throw a tree?

By the time of the Revolutionary War, it was estimated that one out of every three people living in western Pennsylvania was of Scottish ancestry. Today, the people of Ligonier celebrate their Scottish heritage by holding the Ligonier Highland Games. The most popular games are called "heavy athletics." These games are a test of strength and skill for those who compete. Ancient Scottish leaders, chieftains, originally used Highland games to select the best men to go into battle. But in Ligonier the games are just for fun!

Heavy athletes do things like throw big stones or even hammers to see who can throw the farthest. They also compete in a game called the caber toss. Caber is Gaelic (the traditional language of Scotland) for tree. The caber used in the Ligonier Highland Games is a tree trunk more than 14 feet long!

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