At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. women's basketball team will work to win a sixth gold medal. The U.S. team has won the championship at every summer games since 1996. Both the women's and the men's basketball teams are staying on a cruise ship during the games. They hope that will help them avoid possible health and security problems in Rio. The nine-level, 196-cabin Silver Cloud is their floating hotel. Before leaving for Rio, the players gathered around USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo. He told them their team will be a special target at the games. Not only has the women's team won five gold medals in a row, they also have not lost a single game since the 1992 Olympics. Some players spoke to VOA during their last practice in the U.S. Tamika Catchings explained how the team mentally prepares for the competition. “We just have to know that we have a target on our backs and every single country has been preparing for the past three or four years for this opportunity to play in the Olympics,” she said. So, for us, we cannot just get comfortable and think we are just going to walk out on the court and automatically win. We have been preparing the way we always do, focusing on every single game individually, and we will be competitive. Catchings already has three gold medals. But, she is close to the end of her playing career at 37 years old. This Olympics is her chance to win one more gold medal. "I feel great about going. I am excited about representing my country another time, and this is my last time, so I am even more excited," she said. Catchings is not the only player with more than one gold medal. The team has four one-time gold medalists, two two-time gold medalists and three women who brought home four gold medals. Maya Moore won at the 2012 Olympics in London. She told reporters that the final practice in Houston, Texas helped the team get ready for the games. "We are pushing each other," she said. "If we can do it against each other, we can do it against anyone in the world." The women's head coach, Geno Auriemma, told VOA he is not wasting time or energy thinking about the possible problems in Rio. They include the Zika virus, polluted water and hotel rooms in disrepair. There is also some political and social unrest and, of course, concern about possible terrorist attacks. The focus is on winning a gold medal. All the other stuff that's around there, whether we worry about it or not, it is not going to make any better. It is not going to make it go away, so we are just going to deal with it, Auriemma said. Staying on a boat takes care of some of the health concerns. But the team members still need to be careful of mosquitoes when going outside. Getting to the games through heavy traffic is another problem. Player Brittney Griner is the team's tallest, at just over two meters. She told reporters she feels sure the U.S. Olympic Committee has dealt with all the issues of concern. She is excited about staying with her teammates on a floating hotel. "We are staying on a boat the whole time," she said with a smile. It will be my first time ... so I am pretty excited for that! The women's first game will be Sunday, August 7. Team USA Women's Basketball team will play Senegal. I'm Catty Weaver.
1.in a row prep ph. 连续
They dropped two games in a row and were eliminated from the tournament.
2.focus on v ph. 关注
Focus on who you want to be and how you want to feel.
3.waste time doing sth v ph. 浪费时间做某事
Identify what you waste time doing and eliminate it.
4.be excited about v ph.
You should be excited about your goals and the best way to do that is to align your goals with your life and passions.
So, for us, we cannot just get comfortable and think we are just going to walk out on the court and automatically win.
automatically adv. 自动地
The door locks automatically.
The machine is automatically controlled.
在本届里约奥运会上，美国女子篮球队会努力拼得第6枚金牌。自1996年的奥运会以来，美国队在每一届夏季奥运会上都蝉联冠军 。本次奥运会，美国女队和男队都是乘坐游轮来的 。他们希望这样的交通方式可以避免里约可能的健康问题和安全问题 。高9层，并由196个船舱的银云号就是他们的水上旅店 。
在出发前往里约前，两队运动员都聚集在美国篮球队教练杰里周围听候嘱咐 。杰里告诉大家，他们的队伍将会成为奥运会上的特殊目标 。美国女队不只是蝉联5届的冠军得主，同时，自1992年的奥运会以来，他们一场比赛都没有输过 。一些运动员在最后一次训练中对VOA记者说了如下内容 。塔米克解释了整个球队所做的心理准备工作 。她说，“我们心里得有数，每个国家在过去的3到4年间都在为奥运会这个机会做准备，因此我们的背后也有目标” 。所以，对我们来说，不能安逸于一时，觉得只要比赛就能赢 。我们会向往常一样准备，每个人都认真对待每一场比赛，做一个有战斗力的团队 。塔米克曾助力美国队获得三块奥运金牌 。但今年37岁的她已经接近职业生涯的尾声 。本届奥运会是他最后一次奋战金牌的奥运之旅 。她说，“能来参赛，我很高兴 。我很激动又能为祖国贡献一次力量，这将会是我的最后一次奥运之旅，所以我更加兴奋” 。塔米克不是唯一一个身上背负不只一块奖牌的选手 。这只队伍有4位1次金牌得主、2位2次金牌得主、3位4次金牌得主 。玛雅曾在2012年的伦敦奥运会上夺冠 。玛雅告诉记者，在德克萨斯州的休斯顿之战让整个队伍整装待发备战里约奥运 。她表示，“我们互相推动对方努力 。如果我们能跟队友抗衡，也就能跟世界上的任何对手抗衡” 。女子队教练格诺告诉VOA记者，他不会浪费时间和精力去思考在里约可能遇到的问题 。这些问题包括Zika病毒、有污染的水质、破败的居住条件 。还会有政治和社会方面的动乱，但是当然，也会有可能的恐怖主义袭击的考虑 。我们关注的点只有赢得金牌 。所有这些可能面临的问题，不管我们担心与否，都不能解决问题 。担心并不能消除问题，所以我们兵来将挡，水来土掩 。呆在船上能免去一些健康问题的忧虑 。但这些队员在出去时，还是要担心蚊子的叮咬 。在水泄不通的交通里顺利前往赛场也是一个问题 。布里特妮是队伍里最高的选手，身高超过2米 。布里特妮告诉记者，她坚信美国奥委会已经解决了所有后顾之忧 。她很期待和队员呆在水上旅店里 。她微笑着说，“我们全程都呆在船上” 。这是我第一次参加奥运会……我真的特别激动！女子篮球队将于8月7日的周日展开角逐 。美国队将与塞内加尔展开对决 。感谢收听卡蒂为您发回的报道 。