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12 wacky winter sports

By: Laura Moss on Dec. 21, 2010, 3 p.m.
men swimm in freezing water as part of polar bear swim

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Polar bear swimming

Whether you choose to participate in an annual polar bear plunge in your wintry city or simply jump into the frigid local pond, a little icy dip might be just what you need to awaken your senses this season. While a lengthy immersion in frosty temperatures can be bad for your health, a quick dip followed by a steaming cup of fair trade coffee or organic cocoa can be downright exhilarating, so jump on in — the water's fine!