# Thread: How long did the skier take?

1. ## How long did the skier take?

Last month in Nagano, Picabo Street made a dramatic return from a serious injury to her left knee, winning the gold in the Super G by a fraction of a second. But last week in the season's final World Cup downhill race in Switzerland, Street, 26, took a tumble that fractured her left thigh bone (the femer). It will be many months before she can ski, but don't count her out. A firm believer in reincarnation, Picabo might very well come back again.

Q. When will the skier compete again?
a. Never.
b. After two such injuries it's not recommended.
c. Before a long recovery
d. Maybe soon.

Dear friends.
I have chosen "C. before a long recovery", but the answer of a private English language institute in South Korea was "D. maybe soon." However, I can't accept that, because it looks absolutely clear for the sentence It will be many months before she can ski to imply the answer "C". In addition, I have actually googled Picabo Street, and found that it took her about 2 years to return to the next match.
What do you think of that? Who looks right?

2. ## Re: How long did the skier take?

Originally Posted by ilovepsycho
Last month in Nagano, Picabo Street made a dramatic return from a serious injury to her left knee, winning the gold in the Super G by a fraction of a second. But last week in the season's final World Cup downhill race in Switzerland, Street, 26, took a tumble that fractured her left thigh bone (the femer). It will be many months before she can ski, but don't count her out. A firm believer in reincarnation, Picabo might very well come back again.

Q. When will the skier compete again?
a. Never.
b. After two such injuries it's not recommended.
c. Before a long recovery
d. Maybe soon.

Dear friends.
I have chosen "C. before a long recovery", but the answer of a private English language institute in South Korea was "D. maybe soon." However, I can't accept that, because it looks absolutely clear for the sentence It will be many months before she can ski to imply the answer "C". In addition, I have actually googled Picabo Street, and found that it took her about 2 years to return to the next match.
What do you think of that? Who looks right?
There are no correct options in my opinion.

3. ## Re: How long did the skier take?

I agree with the previous poster. There are no correct choices given. If c) had read "AFTER a long recovery" that would have made sense, but as they are now, none of them would be correct.

4. ## Re: How long did the skier take?

Dear friends.

I have thought that "C" means that before a long period or process of recovery from her injury, she will come back because she don't give in easily so that she can complete the process of recovery earlier than those who give in easily. Even if her doctor told her to take about 2 years for recovery by rehabilitation progarms, then she could complete her programs even eariler by her invincible character, and she could at last come back before the expected 2 years process of recovery.

Let me introduce the definitions of some words in case of your confusion.
1. Recovery
- Oxford: the process of becoming well again after an illness or injury
- Macmillan: the process of becoming fit and healthy again after an illness or injury:
- Longman: the process of getting better after an illness, injury etc

What do you think of that? Would you please correct some errors of my reasoning?

5. ## Re: How long did the skier take?

Your reasoning is quite good. It comes down to an answer of "before she has completed recovered". But this isn't in the text.