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Cutting a rug [Photo]

Stephanie Wriedt lets out a laugh as a reaction to one of dancing partner Chuck Jallup's jokes that he's known for at the Back Door Lounge. Both are regulars for the dancing Friday nights in Midway.

the beat 2/13 [Audio]

Columbia College's Rachel Oswald [Photo]

The Cougars' Rachel Oswald goes to the basket against Illinois-Springfield on Feb. 14 at Southwell Complex.

The Cougars' Terrell Turner [Photo]

Columbia College senior Terrell Turner heaves a long pass against Illinois-Springfield on Feb. 14 at Southwell Complex

They came from all over [Photo]

The Missouri Grand Prix is the third stop in the USA Grand Prix series. In addition to the Olympic athletes from the United States, the Missouri Grand Prix brought Olympians from Tunisia, France and Trinidad to Columbia.

Poolside support [Photo]

Coaches and teammates give direction to swimmers during the men’s 400-meter freestyle event Saturday.

Silver finish [Photo]

Eric Shanteau swims in the men’s 200-meter individual medley event. Shanteau placed second in the event.

Swimming fan club [Photo]

Brittany Wen, center, glances backwards as her friends from the Columbia Swim Club watch an awards ceremony. The girls agreed that Katie Hoff is their favorite swimmer.

Warmup chat [Photo]

From left, Haley Smith, Chelsea Morey and Shannon Vreeland chat in the warmup pool at the Missouri Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center on Saturday. Smith and Vreeland are from Kansas City and Morey is from Wichita, Kan.

Cheering on the Sharks [Photo]

Teammates Paul Numbers and Sergio Lusan, left, and Ryan Arabejo and Chris Sadsad, right, cheer on fellow Bolles School Sharks during the men’s 200-meter backstroke event at the Missouri Grand Prix on Saturday.

A winning smile [Photo]

Amanda Weir accepts the medal for finishing in first place in the women's 50-meter freestyle event.

Grand Prix pushoff [Photo]

Swimmers start the men's 100-meter backstroke event at the Missourian Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona, Fla., won first place in the event.

Trail connections [Graphic]

Keeping dry at the Polar Bear Plunge [Photo]

Jeffrey Painter, 4, gets a tour of the inside of a fire truck from Columbia firefighter David Haney before the start of the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge at Stephens Lake on Saturday. "We couldn't do the Plunge without the support of the Columbia Police and Fire departments," said Joe Buechter, associate area director for Special Olympics Missouri.

Polar Bear Plunge 2009 [Photo]

Newly engaged couple Scott Drochelman and Cassie Shields pull themselves up out of the water at Stephens Lake during the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday. It was the second year the couple participated together. "Adrenaline kicks in and it doesn't feel that cold," Drochelman said.

Polar Bear Plunge style [Photo]

From left, Wade Roberts, Erynn Hesler and Lauren Mattson wait for the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge to start. Teams were encouraged to wear themed costumes, such as State Farm Insurance's "Down on the Farm" theme.

Gymnastic team takes the plunge [Photo]

Members of the MU gymnastics team hurry out of the water at Stephens Lake on Saturday after participating in the Polar Bear Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics Missouri.

Making the big plunge [Photo]

Participants of the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge were greeted by frigid 33-degree water in Stephens Lake. The event raised money for Special Olympics Missouri, and all $32,000 stays in central Missouri to fund athletes and events.

Get ready, get set ... plunge! [Photo]

Participants in the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge wait for the signal to enter the 33-degree water at Stephens Lake on Saturday. More than $32,000 was raised by the 285 "plungers."

Soaring above the rest [Photo]

MU forward Keith Ramsey goes up for a dunk in the second half. Ramsey lead the team in blocked shots with three, all of which brought booming roars from the fans in Mizzou Arena.
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