Blind Athlete Hikes the Grand Canyon
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."
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1.served as 担任
He served as an adviser to the Sultan of oman.
2.rock climbing 攀岩
Knot tying is vital in rock climbing.
3.welled up 涌出；流露
Tears welled up in his eyes.
4.figure out 弄清楚
I simply couldn't figure out his intention.
5.She hopes to take part again in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
take part 参加
We had the devil's own job to persuade him to take part.
You can take part in activities from canoeing to bird watching.
6.She said that, for a long time, she was in "a really dark place and hated being blind."
for a long time 长期以来
This account has remained unsettled for a long time.
I've been wanting to taste it for a long time.
肖恩·切希尔（Shawn Cheshire）是一名盲人自行车运动员，曾参加过2016年巴西里约热内卢举行的残奥会 。她希望2020年能参加日本东京奥运会 。
切希尔在9年前的一次事故中失明 。在过去的几年里，她尽可能地独立 。她表示:“像这样在大峡谷中穿行，对我来说就是自由 。”
她说，在很长一段时间内，她都处在“一个异常黑暗的世界里，她讨厌失明” 。她还说，运动和体能锻炼给了她“另一个生活的机会” 。
本月初，切希尔在大峡谷中穿越了68公里陡峭不平的山路 。她只用了24小时15分钟完成穿行 。这被公认为是盲人徒步旅行者的记录 。此前的28小时记录是在2014年创下的 。
有3个朋友帮助她徒步穿越大峡谷 。他们与切希尔相隔几步，在前方引导并提醒她堤防障碍 。她静静聆听，一路循着领头者戴着的铃铛声音前进 。她用登山杖保持平衡 。
斯科特·德鲁姆是切希尔其中一位朋友 。他在徒步旅行中担任向导 。“我十分了解自己，”他说 。“我也很了解大峡谷 。”
切希尔和朋友们在10月8日结束了徒步旅行 。她说，旅行接近尾声时，“我内心百感交集，我不敢相信我们居然成功了 。”