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Ultimate Frisbee Part 2

Wendi talks about more about Ultimate Frisbee.

Todd: Now have you actually ever played in an organized league, like an Ultimate Frisbee league?

Wendi: Yeah, I organize leagues.

Todd: Oh, you do?

Wendi: Yeah, I organize leagues and I represent Canada at World’s and played against the Japanese teams and stuff like that, so.

Todd: Wow! You’ve played internationally?

Wendi: Yeah. Yeah.

Todd: That’s impressive. Didn’t know that about you?

Wendi: Yeah, one time only.

Todd: You’re a world-class athlete.

Wendi: One time only.

Todd: Still.

Wendi: Yeah. No, but it was really, actually, it was a meltdown tournament of us, so it was the Ultimates in Hawaii actually, maybe four years ago, and it was a really bad kind of tournament for my team, and the team I played on was Vancouver Prime, a women’s team out of Vancouver which is kind of known as the strongest, well was known as the strongest women’s team in Canada and kind of top four in North America. And the team’s done now. They’ve kind of grown into a new team in the city but Canada Ultimate is very strong, Canada and America Ultimate players, kind of more, kind of the Northwest region, very strong players, and yeah, it was really fun.

Todd: Well, I’d like to play sometime.

Wendi: Yeah, it’s a lot of fun.

Todd: So where’s your Frisbee?

Wendi: Right there. (Pointing to the wall). That’s actually, the one on top is a Frisbee golf Frisbee, which is different from an Ultimate Frisbee. The bigger one is the one that you use when you play Ulitmate Frisbee. It’s 175 grams and the Frisbee golf disk is similar to playing ball golf. You’ve got drivers and putters and everything else and those golf disks are smaller and the rims are different so they have weights. They fly differently; you release them differently. They take different angles, all kinds of stuff, so it’s really technical and incredibly dorky. It’s great.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


I organize leagues and I represent Canada at World's.

Here, 'World's' refers to the world championships or competitions. Notice the following:

  1. He will be an announcer at World's next year.
  2. Our team is hoping to make it to World's in Australia this year.


I didn't know you're a world-class athlete.

Someone or something that is 'world-class' is very high quality and can compete at an international level. Notice the following:

  1. She never expected that she would become a world-class athlete.
  2. I think with a little bit of work we could become a world-class company.


It was actually a meltdown tournament for us.

In this example, 'meltdown' indicates that the tournament was a disaster. You say that someone or something has a meltdown when it completely self-destructs. Notice the following:

  1. Whenever my young son gets really tired, it's very possible that he will have a meltdown.
  2. It was such a horrible day that I actually had a meltdown after lunch and didn't think I would make it through the rest of the day.


The Frisbee golf disks are smaller and the rims are different.

The 'rim' on a Frisbee disk is the edge part that folds over. It it generally used for the edge of something in the shape of a circle. Notice the following:

  1. It's not a good idea to sit on the rim of the bathtub, because you might fall.
  2. The basketball bounced off the rim of the basket.


Those disks take different angles, so it's really technical and incredibly dorky.

Something 'dorky' is unfashionable or not popular to use or do. Notice the following:

  1. When I was a teenager, my parents used to embarrass me with the dorky clothes they would wear.
  2. I know these boots are dorky, but they are comfortable and functional.

Vocabulary Quiz

World's • world-class • meltdown
rim • dorky
  1. She used to write for the local newspaper, but now she is a journalist.
  2. You really need new glasses, because the ones you have are really .
  3. Be careful. The of that glass is a little broken.
  4. If we want to make it to this year, we are going to have to practice a lot more.
  5. She's very stressed in her life right now, and I feel like she might have a at any moment.
Answer these questions about the interview.


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