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Polar Barely

first_imgI was tired of the same old New Year’s routine — drinking champagne, lighting a few crummy fireworks, watching the ball drop. I needed a new tradition, and jumping into a half-frozen lake seemed as good as any. So I signed up for a polar bear swim—an out-and-back 50 meters in a mountain lake on the first day of the new year.Hung over and half asleep, I drove two hours through the mountains and arrived at Lake Chatuge just before noon. Sixteen other shivering swimmers huddled around a campfire along the shore, trying to stay warm in 30-degree weather and flag-whipping winds. I squeezed in between a crew-cut army cadet, two teenage girls, and an overweight man wearing Spandex.“Do we tip-toe into the water or dive in?” asked one of the girls.“Gotta hit it hard,” the cadet said stoically.At least one hundred spectators lined the lake, waiting to see a bunch of half-naked Southerners act like Eskimos. Some watched from the warmth of their cars. Minutes before the start, the organizer pulled a thermometer from the water: 46 degrees Fahrenheit.The cold truth was starting to sink in: I really had to go through with this. I had to get in that water and swim 50 meters — two full swimming pool lengths. Though I’d competed in dozens of triathlons, I had never felt more nervous than at the starting line of a mere 50-meter swim. My teeth were chattering, my arms twitched, my goose-pimpled skin shook uncontrollably — and I hadn’t even touched my toes to the water yet.Waiting made it worse. Just thinking about the swim made me cold. I jumped up and down, pretended to stretch, and even ran a few barefoot sprints along the rocky, frost-covered lakeshore to stay warm. Then, back at the boat ramp, I listened to a wife berating her husband as he undressed.“You warm up your shower water before you get in every morning, for Chrissakes! How are you going to swim around in a freezing lake?”But the husband would not be dissuaded. He quickly stripped off his clothes, handed them to his wife, and joined the other swimmers milling around on the boat ramp making jokes.“Weather’s bit nipply out here, wouldn’t you say?”“It takes some balls to be out here.”“Yeah — blue, shriveled, marble-sized ones.”At high noon, the organizer yelled “GO!” and we herded into the lake. Swimmers whooped and shouted as they plunged in. I high-stepped out as far as I could, then dove headlong into the lake. When I popped up, my mind completely shut down. I was all body and instinct. Panic poured through my muscles. I was hyperventilating and hypothermic. Frantically I threw my arms in front of me and swam toward the orange buoy. It looked a lot farther away than a pool-length.I was breathing too rapidly to put my face underwater; instead I was splashing across the lake with a spastic, all-arms, head-out-of-the-water stroke. Frenzied swimmers collided with me as we rounded the buoy. Trickles of laughter from onshore spectators drifted across the water.On the long swim back to the boat ramp, my adrenaline-fueled muscles slowed. Icy blood coursed through my veins. My arms slapped against the water. I floundered forward, meter by meter. Finally my knuckles scraped the sandy bottom, and I felt my brain click back on.I climbed out and felt rejuvenated. After numbing myself in the lake, I felt the glow of life so much more intensely. Every sensation was heightened. Scalp tingles surged electricity down my spine.Blue-faced and panting, I put on my clothes and watched the rest of the swimmers slugging toward shore. Rescuers in oar boats threw life jackets and float rings to struggling swimmers. Two guys had to be helped to shore. The teenage girls stumbled out of the water together, holding hands and hugging each other. The army cadet was close behind.After three minutes, everyone had made it back — except three especially cold-blooded polar bears. They were still wading offshore to see who could stay in the lake the longest. One kicked his feet in the air as if lounging in a warm bathtub. Their breath visibly condensed in the frozen air. After five minutes, nobody had flinched. Finally, to break the tie, the three swimmers raced back to the boat ramp.Afterward, we all crouched around the bonfire sipping hot chocolate. I warmed myself inside a circle of other hardy, grizzled beasts. I was one of them now. I was a Polar Bear cub.I couldn’t wait to get back home and hibernate.Polar PlungesJanuary 1: LAKE LURE, N.C.January 17: WESTMINSTER, MDJanuary 25: BLOWING ROCK, N.C.January 26: CHATTANOOGA, TENN.FEBRUARY 1: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.FEBRUARY 9: MORGANTOWN, W.VA.FEBRUARY 16: LAKE LANIER, GA.FEBRUARY 25: RALEIGH, N.C.last_img read more

Nobody better: Kaminsky wins Wooden Award, sweeps player of the year honors

first_imgNow, there’s no doubt that Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky is the best player in all of college basketball.With four national Player of the Year awards already won, Kaminsky capped off a remarkable postseason awards list Friday night, winning the Wooden Award – given to the nation’s top player each season – Friday night in Los Angeles.“This has all become pretty overwhelming, but it’s a tremendous honor and I’m humbled by all of the attention,” Kaminsky said. “Winning the Wooden Award and all of the others is something you dream about, but rarely is a reality.Kaminsky won the award over Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell.The award marks Kaminsky’s fifth Player of the Year accolade. The 7-footer was already named the Associated Press Player of the Year, the Naismith Player of the Year, the USBWA Oscar Robertson Player of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year.Jenna Freeman/The Badger HeraldAs a senior, Kaminsky averaged team-highs in points (18.8), rebounds (8.2), assists (2.64), field goal percentage (54.7 percent) and blocks (57) for Wisconsin and was one steal shy of the team lead with 33.Kaminsky was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection for the all-Big Ten first-team. He was also named an AP All-American and a Wooden All-American.In six NCAA tournament games this season, Kaminsky averaged 22 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while leading the Badgers back to the Final Four for the second-consecutive season and into the national championship game for the first time in 74 years.The Lisle, Illinois native failed to reach double-figures in scoring only once this season while eclipsing the 20-point mark 17 times. He also had 14 double-doubles this season, including three in six NCAA tournament games and back-to-back double-doubles at the Final Four.Kaminsky ended his career as a Badger with 1,458 points which is good for 9th on the all-time scoring list at Wisconsin while his 732 points scored this past season were the most in school history. His 153 career blocks are also a program record. He is only the second player in Wisconsin history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks.Kaminsky still owns the school record for points in a game after he scored 43 against North Dakota on Nov. 19, 2013.“I’m grateful for everyone who has helped me along the way, my family, teammates, coaches, staff and Badgers fans everywhere. My career at Wisconsin has been more than I could have imagined and I will always take the memories and friendships with me wherever I go.”Men’s basketball: Dekker to enter NBA draft, forgo senior season at WisconsinThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be without its top two scorers from the 2014-15 season that saw it advance Read…Along with junior forward Sam Dekker, who announced he is forgoing his senior season to enter the NBA draft Friday, Kaminsky is expected to be a mid-first round draft pick in the NBA draft on June 25th.last_img read more