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Adventure : Aug 2012

Sports Therapy: Ice Your Injury With Trigger Point's Cold Roller

Sitting for three or more hours a day can take years off of your life. When you're active, you won't lose years, but an occasional bump, bruise or sprain can keep you off your bike, out of your running shoes or off the slopes.

Trigger Point makes lots of sports therapy gear to help active people heal injuries faster and keep their muscles elastic, like the Grid, a hollow foam roller that rolls out lactic acid and other toxins in your muscles, and helps keep tendons and fascia, the sheath around the tendons, from getting hung up.

Trigger Point's latest sports therapy tool combines myofascial release with cold compression. The Cold Roller releases lactic acid and other toxins from your muscles, and helps restore tendons and fascia to health by icing them for recovery. The Roller simulates an ice bath without making you sit in a tub of freezing water or hold a dripping Ziplock of ice cubes on your sore spots.

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'Where the Trail Ends' Full Trailer

Red Bull and Freeride Entertainment have released the full trailer for the freeride mountain-biking movie Where the Trail Ends. In June, the production duo announced they would reveal the 4-minute and 26-second version of the trailer if a 90-second version received one million views. The movie features some of the world's best mountain bikers tackling new lines and performing tricks in countries including China, Nepal, Canada, and Argentina.

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5 Things to Know: August 1 at the Olympics

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The five things you should know if you were only going to know five things about yesterday at the Olympics.

1. Something obvious: Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian ever. He has six more golds than anyone and now has more total medals (19) too, after winning a pair yesterday. He lost the 200m butterfly by half of a tenth of a second because of what announcers called “a rookie mistake” in mistiming his strokes at the wall, but then he won gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay only an hour later, swimming the anchor and notching the fastest split of all the Americans. There is nothing wrong with Michael Phelps, people. He’s getting older, and his competitors are getting better—as tends to happen with the passing of time in athletic competitions among human beings. And still: he’s amazing.

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Hotel Portillo Becons

It's possible that you're enjoying your summer and that all of the new ski and snowboard trailers coming out aren't making you long for fresh powder, bluebird skies, and a little time in the lodge. If you are craving turns in virgin snow, cooler temps, and naturally frosted mugs, watching Sweetgrass Productions' latest offering might just inspire you to buy a ticket for South America.

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Your Non-Spoiler Olympic Primetime Guide: August 1

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Everything you need to know about tonight's Olympic primetime coverage—without knowing what actually happened.

MEN'S INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND GYMNASTICS
Japan’s Kohei Uchimura comes into the competition as the favorite, considered by many to be the greatest male gymnast of all time. The 23-year-old (remember, “gymnast age” is a less severe version of “dog years”) has won the last three World Championships in the event, but he only came away with a silver in Beijing. Uchimura suffers a massive fall in one event, but can he overcome that and take home gold? American John Orozco, who had a nightmare performance in the team competition, and Brit Daniel Purvis are also expected to challenge for gold. The medal stand ends up with a couple surprises, but the winner is never truly in doubt.

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