Shawn Cheshire is a blind cyclist who competed in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She hopes to take part again in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
But before that, she had a different goal: hiking the Grand Canyon in the American state of Arizona.
Cheshire lost her ability to see after an accident nine years ago. She has tried to become as independent as possible in the last few years. She said, For me, being able to walk in the Grand Canyon like that, that's freedom.
She said that, for a long time, she was in a really dark place and hated being blind. She said that sports and physical exercise gave her another opportunity at living.
Earlier this month, Cheshire crossed 68 kilometers of steep and uneven ground in the Grand Canyon. She did so in 24 hours and 15 minutes. That is believed to be a record for a blind hiker. The earlier record of 28 hours was set in 2014.
Three friends helped her during the Grand Canyon hike. They walked several steps apart. They guided and warned her of barriers. She listened for and followed the sound of a bell worn by the lead hiker. She used hiking poles for balance.
Scott Drum is one of Cheshire's friends. He served as a guide on the hike. I've learned a lot about myself, he said. I learned a lot more about the canyon.
Cheshire and her friends finished the hike on October 8. She said as the group neared the end of the trip, I had a huge ball of emotion welled up in my chest –I cannot believe we just did that.
Along with hiking and cycling, Cheshire has also done running, skiing and rock climbing.
I'd like to figure out everything a blind woman has never done, she said, and I would like to do that.
I'm Caty Weaver.
1. compete in 参与……的竞赛
These companies are drawn to China not chiefly by its lower labor costs or the opportunity to compete in the local market.
2. take part in 参加，参与
Students should do surveys, visit museums, take part in charity work and hand in reports for teachers to decide on their marks.
3. be able to do sth 有能力做某事
I'm sure the girl will be able to look out for herself.
4. hate doing sth 讨厌做某事
For example, you have to make a presentation for your colleagues at work – even if you hate doing presentations or public speaking.
肖恩·切希尔是一名双眼失聪的骑手。她曾参加过2016年巴西里约热内卢举行的残奥会 。她希望能再次参加2020年日本东京举行的残奥会 。
9年前，切希尔因一场事故而双眼失聪。过去几年间，她都曾努力尝试尽可能独立 。她说，对我来说，能像那样在大峡谷行走才是真正的自由 。
本月初，切希尔穿越了大峡谷长达68公里陡峭颠簸的路段，用时24小时15分钟。这对于盲人徒步者来说是纪录了 。上一次纪录是2014年创下的，总时长28小时 。
在这次徒步大峡谷的旅途中，3位朋友帮了她。他们跟一前一后地跟着切希尔 。切尔西用徒步杆来保持平衡 。他们做切希尔的向导，告诉她哪里有障碍物 。一名带着铃铛的徒步者领头走在前面，切希尔就听着铃铛的声音跟着 。
斯科特·德拉姆是切希尔的一位朋友。他在这次徒步中担任了向导的角色 。他说，我对自己也了解了很多，对峡谷也是 。