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able to swim
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- I guess I was made this way for some reason, and I've been able to find the talent I have, and I've been able to use it, so I'm grateful for that.
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- Fernando Torres in The Press Association
Honestly, teams won't be able to do anything until the World Cup has finished. The players here prefer to wait - there is time,he said.
- Barack Obama in CBS News
I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before,he said.
- Jimmie Johnson in Yahoo! Sports (blog)
I'm not good at doing that stuff, usually I crash myself in the process. So I tried once and moved him. I'm like 'ok, I gotta hit him harder,' and the second time I moved him out of the way and got by him and was able to get going,Johnson said.