The Junction City Roller Dolls—a four-team Women's Flat Track Derby Association league—whip fans into a frenzy with full-contact battles on wheels. Sporting playful costumes and sassy names, three Junction City squads—the Trainwrecks, Hilltop Aces, and Railway Banditas—will turn the Davis Conference Center into a playground of rebel yells and impromptu games of Red Rover. Groupon holders can grab trackside seats to watch point-scoring jammers such as Malibu Harpy weave through packs of oncoming skaters as they waggle their tongues at the opposing team. During the home-team championship, blockers such as the Railway Banditas’ Dominique Trix will rattle rivals with fierce hip-checks and shiver-inducing laser vision. In addition to scoring an evening of hard-hitting action, bout-goers can bag prize-drawing tickets by donating nonperishable food items or dollar bills folded into origami nunchucks at the door.
Balanced atop a rich tradition that includes 10 National Championships, the University of Utah's gymnastics team vaults into a new season seeking to add even more accolades to its history. The fleet-footed women's roster leaps, flips, and arabesques under the guidance of co-Head Coach Greg Marsden, whose 37-year resumé includes more than 950 victories, 317 All-Americans, and a multitude of 10.0 scores for victory dances. Having made a record 36 straight National Championship appearances, the Utes enter 2012 ranked fifth in the nation despite a youthful roster and a widely contested decision to replace practice balance beams with live boa constrictors.
This season, the Utah Grizzlies, fearsome ECHL vets, take to the ice led by the slicing skates of captain Nick Tuzzolino, who, along with assistant captain Cody Lampl, helms the ruthless checks of the team's newly acquired defenseman. As the brawny lineup pressures the Condors' defenses, goalie Andrew Engelage attempts to keep pucks from sneaking into the net, which fills with monarch butterflies after every team victory. The Salt Lake Tribune analyzes coach Kevin Colley's new roster, musing, "more size and more talent…beyond just scoring more, the Grizzlies hope to flat-out intimidate opponents." Since 1994, the ECHL premier AA hockey team has sent 200 players up to the NHL, a statistic nearly as delectable as the fresh-cut shaved ice for sale rinkside.
Park City’s caretakers conduct biweekly sonar readings across the indoor rink’s surface to pinpoint any unsmooth areas, banishing bumps through scrupulous ice maintenance for effortless gliding. After lacing up a pair of gleaming skates, skaters can zigzag or pirouette across the subzero surface freely, forging their own path, racing fellow skaters, or seeing who can sketch the most convincing Wayne Gretzky into the ice. Open-skate sessions can last between 1.5–6 hours, with afternoon-to-evening sessions taking up an average of 2–3 hours. Clients should consult the schedule for open ice sessions, and skate forces two- or four-strong should dress in comfortable layers and avoid clothes that restrict movement, such as wooden skinny jeans or Greco-Roman wrestlers posing as scarves.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.