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  • Which sports did Michael Jordan do when he was in Highschool?
     
    • baseball
      baseball
       
    • basketball
      basketball
       
    • beach volleyball
      beach volleyball
       
    • football
      football
       
     
  • When did Michael Jordan begin his career with the Chicago Bulls?
     
    • Michael Jordan began his career with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.
       
    • Michael Jordan began his career with the Chicago Bulls in 1974.
       
     
 
 
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Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player and active businessman. His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularising the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
After a standout career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he led the Tar Heels to a National Championship in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunk from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995-96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons in 2001 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
There are two wordlists about sports below. To practise the words, you cab use the vocabulary trainer at the very end of this page.

1. Wordlist

    • sport, sports[spoʊɹt](noun)
    • Definition:
      • any athletic activity that uses physical skills, often competitive
    • Example:
      • Pia's favourite sport is tennis.
  • do sports
    • do sports(Chunk)
    • Example:
      • Do you want to do sports this afternoon?
  • sports equipment
    • sports equipment[spoʊɹts ɪ'kwɪpmənt](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • things that you need in order to be able to do a certain kind of sports
    • Example:
      • A tennis racket and a ball are sports equipment.
  • sportsman
    • sportsman, sportsmen[spoʊɹtsmæn](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a man who does sports
    • Example:
      • He's a real sportsman, he runs every day.
  • sportswoman
    • sportswoman, sportswomen[spoʊɹtsˈwʊmən](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a woman who does sports
    • Example:
      • Clara is no sportswoman, she prefers to read.
  • hike
    • hike[haɪk](verb)
    • Definition:
      • to walk along a hiking trail, especially a long walk through nature, usually without overnight camping gear
    • Example:
      • They don't like to hike, they rather run.
    • go for a hike(Chunk)
    • Example:
      • Let's go for a hike in the mountains tomorrow!
  • rock climbing
    • rock climbing[ɹɒk ˈklīming](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • the sport of scaling rock faces, either with or without ropes and other equipment
    • Example:
      • Rock climbing can be very dangerous.
  • aerobics
    • aerobics[əˈrōbiks](noun plural form)
    • Definition:
      • a form of exercise, designed to enhance one's cardiovascular fitness, normally performed to music
    • Example:
      • The woman is in good shape because she does aerobics twice a week.
  • jogging
    • jogging[ˈdʒɒg.ɪŋ](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • the practice of running at the pace of a slow run for exercise
    • Example:
      • Jogging calms me down when I'm angry.
  • swim
    • swim, swam, swum[swɪm](irregular verb)
    • Definition:
      • to move through water, without touching the bottom
    • Example:
      • For exercise, we like to swim laps around the pool.
  • sail
    • sail[seɪl](verb)
    • Definition:
      • to ride in a boat, especially a sailboat, through the water
    • Example:
      • I've never sailed the ocean before!
  • row
    • row[ɹəʊ](verb)
    • Definition:
      • to propel (a boat or other craft) over water using oars
    • Example:
      • She started to row on a team.
  • ski
    • ski[ski](verb)
    • Definition:
      • to move on skis over snow
    • Example:
      • I am looking forwartd to the winter because I love to ski.
    • skiing[skiiŋ](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • the sport of moving on skis over snow
    • Example:
      • Skiing last year was fun!
  • snowboarding
    • snowboarding[ˈsnəʊ.bɔːdiŋ](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • the sport of sliding downhill on a snowboard
    • Example:
      • Snowboarding can be a lot of fun when there is enough snow.
  • baseball
    • baseball[beɪsbɔːl](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a sport in which the object is to strike a ball so that one of a nine-person team can run counter-clockwise among four bases, resulting in the scoring of a run
    • Example:
      • The Yankees are a famous American baseball team.
  • basketball
    • basketball[ˈbɑːs.kɪt.bɔːl](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a sport in which two opposing teams of five players strive to put a ball through a hoop
    • Example:
      • Dirk Nowitzki is a famous German basketball player.
  • volleyball
    • volleyball[vɔ.lɛ.bol](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a game played on a rectangular court between two teams of two to six players which involves striking a ball back and forth over a net
    • Example:
      • The team won the volleyball match.
  • cricket
    • cricket[ˈkrɪk.ɪt](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven, popular in England and many Commonwealth countries
    • Example:
      • Cricket is not very popular in Germany.
  • rugby
    • rugby[ˈrʌgbi](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a sport where players can hold or kick an oval ball; the ball cannot be handled forward and points are scored by touching the ball to the ground in the area past their opponent’s territory or kicking the ball between goalposts and over a crossbar
    • Example:
      • The scrum is a distinctive element of rugby.
  • football
    • football[fʊtbɔːl](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • (British) a game in which two teams of eleven players each contend to get a round ball into the other team's goal primarily by kicking the ball
    • Example:
      • Each team scored three goals when they played football.
  • gymnastics
    • gymnastics[dʒɪmˈnæs.tɪks](noun plural form)
    • Definition:
      • a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness
    • Example:
      • Gymnastics is more enjoyable when done to music.
  • badminton
    • badminton[ˈbædmɪntən](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a racquet sport played indoors on a court by two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs of players (doubles), in which a shuttlecock is volleyed over a net
    • Example:
      • You need a racquet to play badminton.
 

1. Wordlist

  • squash
    • squash['skwɒʃ](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets
    • Example:
      • Squash can be a very exhausting sport.
  • tennis
    • tennis[tɛn.ɪs](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a sport played by either two or four players with strung racquets, a ball and a net approximately 3 feet high on a clay, grass, or cement court
    • Example:
      • The tennis court is quite expensive.
  • table tennis
    • table tennis[ˈteɪbəl tɛn.ɪs](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a game or sport (similar to tennis) that involves the hitting of a light plastic ball across a table by racquets
    • Example:
      • We can play table tennis at home.
  • bowling
    • bowling[bəʊlɪŋ](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a game played by rolling a ball down an alley and trying to knock over a triangular group of ten pins
    • Example:
      • Let' go bowling tonight, it's so much fun!
  • skittles
    • skittles[skɪtəls](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a pub game in which a ball is rolled down a wooden alley in order to knock down as many of the nine skittles as possible
    • Example:
      • Bowling is more modern than skittles.
  • golf
    • golf[gɒlf](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a ball game played by individuals competing against one another in which the object is to hit a ball into each of a series of (usually 18 or nine) holes
    • Example:
      • Golf is a nice outdoor sport.
  • horseback riding
    • horseback riding(uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • the sport of riding a horse
    • Example:
      • They have their own horses so they can go horseback riding every day.
  • cycling
    • cycling[ˈsaɪk(ə)lɪŋ](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • the sport of riding and racing bicycles
    • Example:
      • In all my years as a cycling fan, I've never seen a breakaway like this.
  • ice-skating
    • ice-skating[aɪs-skeɪtɪŋ](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • the sport of skate on ice, wearing ice skates
    • Example:
      • In the winter, they love ice-skating.
  • ice hockey
    • ice hockey[aɪs-ˈhɒki](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a game on ice in which two teams of six players skate and try to score by shooting a puck into the opposing team's net, using their sticks
    • Example:
      • They watch ice-hockey games every season.
  • boxing
    • boxing[ˈbɒksɪŋ](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a sport where two opponents punch each other with gloved fists, the object being to score more points by the end of the match or by knockout
    • Example:
      • Men often like to watch boxing.
  • wrestling
    • wrestling(uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a sport where two opponents attempt to subdue each other in bare-handed grappling using techniques of leverage, holding, and pressure points
    • Example:
      • He doesn't know the rules of wrestling.
  • athletics
    • athletics(noun plural form)
    • Definition:
      • competitive activities such as sports and games requiring stamina, fitness and skill; particularly those activities known in the United States as track and field
    • Example:
      • She doesn't enjoy athletics on TV.
  • athlete
    • athlete, athletes[ˈæθ.liːt](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a person who does athletics as a sport
    • Example:
      • He's a really good athlete.
  • race
    • race, races[reɪs](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the objective is to be the first to reach a goal
    • Example:
      • We watched a horse race the other day.
    • exercise[ˈɛk.sə.saɪz](verb)
    • Definition:
      • being physically active to improve strength and fitness
    • Example:
      • To win the race, they have to exercise every day.
    • train[treɪn](verb)
    • Definition:
      • to practise an ability
    • Example:
      • She trained seven hours a day to prepare for the Olympics.
 
 

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