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BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE

Lake of the Isles

The Olympics proved that ice skating is about both beauty and brawn. While figure skater Johnny Weir fox-furred us into a frenzy, Team USA's Zach Parise clocked in a game-tying goal with seconds left in the third to turn a great gold-medal hockey game into a legendary one. In the Twin Cities, where ice is a birthright, the Lake of the Isles skating rink provides an opportunity to imitate either end of the ice-skating spectrum. On one section of the lake, burly hockey men play pickup games in whatever gear they pulled from the backseats of their trucks. Nearby, families and first dates make their way around a large oval. And in the center of it all, figure skaters twirl and launch double toe loops. Those without gear can pick through an ample amount of skates to rent for free in the seasonal trailer/warming house.

Best Ice Skating (2011) Lake of the Isles

BEST BEACH Hidden Beach

BEST BIKE TRAIL Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Park Tavern

BEST COACH Kurt Rambis

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Eric Decker, Gopher wide receiver

BEST GOLF DAY The Jewel Golf Club

BEST LYNX PLAYER Seimone Augustus

BEST PICNIC SPOT Meeker Island historic site

BEST PLACE TO DRINK BEFORE A TWINS GAME Cuzzy's

BEST PLACE TO RUN Cedar Lake, Minneapolis

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Shooters

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Hidden Greens Golf Course

BEST PUBLIC NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE Fort Snelling Golf Course

BEST SLEDDING Town and Country Club

BEST SWARM PLAYER Callum Crawford

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Love

BEST TWINS PLAYER Joe Mauer

BEST URBAN HIKE Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Brett Favre

BEST WILD PLAYER Mikko Koivu

BEST WINTER RESORT Lutsen

BEST YOGA CorePower Yoga