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Big Shots for December 23, 2010

This week Big Shots goes caroling with basketball celebrities, suffers shrinkage with icy dips in Vladivostok and Shenyang, and gets knocked out of not one, but two boxing rings. Those unfortunate events aside, I'll return next week with a look at the 100 Best Sports Photographs of 2010. ( 37 photos total)

A swimmer warms up before the evening finals session during the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex December 19 in Dubai. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Penn State players celebrate after winning the second set of their final match against California in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship December 18 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #

Connecticut's Maya Moore celebrates near the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State in Hartford, Conn. December 21. Connecticut beat Florida State to set an NCAA record for consecutive wins, at 89. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) #

Leinster's Isa Nacewa (top) eyes the ball as he is tackled by Clemont Auvergne's Julien Pierre (bottom) during the third round of the European Cup rugby union match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin December 18. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund (right) gets tangled with Stanford's Kayla Pedersen during the second half of a NCAA college basketball game December 19 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) #

Norway's Rune Velta soars through the air during the ski jumping World Cup competition December 18 in Engelberg, Switzerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Madrid's Alvaro Dominguez (left) and Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling challenge for the ball during their Europa League soccer match in Leverkusen, Germany December 16. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) #

Julian Briestoff of Hong Kong competes in the wakeboarding final at Barr Al Jissah, Qantab Beach, during the 2nd Asian Beach Games December 15 in Muscat, Oman. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) #

Hisham Alwahaibi of Oman shoots past Wanchalerm Natehanon of Thailand during their bronze medal handball event at Al-Musannah Sports City during the 2nd Asian Beach Games December 16 in Muscat, Oman. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) #

An ice swimmer dries off after diving into icy water in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok December 18. (REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev) #

Reigning ten-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater tucks into the barrel on his way to placing second in the semifinal of the Billabong Pipe Master in Memory of Andy Irons at Backdoor, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Kelly Cestari/Association of Surfing Professionals) #

Alex Pullin of Australia takes the lead in his snowboard cross semifinal at the Snowboard FIS World Cup December 17 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Great Britain's Donna Creighton competes in the first heat of the women's skeleton World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. December 17. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) #

Marco Sullivan of the United States crashes during an alpine ski World Cup downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy December 18. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati) #

Daniel Albrecht of Switzerland clears a gate during the first run in the giant slalom alpine skiing World Cup event in Alta Badia December 19. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #

Canadian doubles luge team of Tristan Walker and Justin Snith take a turn in the second heat during the FIL doubles Luge World Cup in Park City, Utah December 18. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart) #

BYU's Jimmer Fredette looks down court after being knocked to the floor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Weber State December 21 in Ogden, Utah. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart) #

Thor Haug Norbech of Norway turns his sled over in a corner as he competes in the Nations Cup luge World Cup competition at the Utah Olympic Park December 16 in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/George Frey) #

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts on the picth during the Italian Serie A football match against AS Roma at the San Siro stadium in Milan December 18. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ice sailing boats race on Lake Tjeukemeer in Delftstrahuizen, Netherlands December 22. (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images) #

Skaters pass the town of Blokzijl, Netherlands during a 20km skate event. (VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Nick Meyer throws salt to melt ice on the aisles before the start of the Minnesota Vikings' NFL football game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis December 20. (REUTERS/Eric Miller) #

Carroll College's Gary Wagner screams while hugging teammate Thomas Dolan after Carroll College defeated Sioux Falls in the NAIA college football championship game at Brannon Field December 18 in Rome, Ga. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser) #

Inter Milan players celebrate after winning the Club World Cup final soccer match against TP Mazembe at Zayed sport city in Abu Dhabi December 18. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #

The Oakland Raiders' Marcel Reece celebrates with fans after scoring on a 73-yard touchdown reception against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland December 19. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) #

The Boston Celtics' Shaquille O'Neal acknowledges the audience before leading the Boston Pops during a holiday concert at Symphony Hall in Boston December 20. O'Neal's conducting debut included Queen's "We Are the Champions." (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl) #

Norway's Jan-Are Larsen plays a shot from the Ponte Vecchio "Old Bridge" looking out towards snow-covered buildings during the Approach Championship Ponte Vecchio Golf Challenge in Florence, Italy December 14. Golfers tee off from the Ponte Vecchio bridge towards three floating greens anchored in the Arno river in a picturesque golf course open for just three days a year. (AP Photo/Claudio Scaccini) #

Runners start the Taipei marathon, which drew more than 100,000 people. (Fubon Financial Holdings/AFP/Getty Images) #

At the Titleist golf ball factory in New Bedford, Mass., Fatima Vieiera arranges golf balls into crates on the assembly line December 16. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff) (DEAN TREML/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Boston Celtics' Nate Robinson (left) and the Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague dive after a loose ball in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston December 16. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #

ON THE ROPES, PART I: Odlanier Solis is put onto the ropes by Ray Austin during the WBC heavyweight final championship elimination bout at AmericanAirlines Arena December 17 in Miami. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) #

ON THE ROPES, PART II: Yoan Pablo Hernandez (right) knocks out Ali Ismailov during the first round of their WBA cruiserweight eliminator fight in Berlin December 18. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) #

A member of a local winter swimmers' club walks to the Yenisei River amid air temperatures measuring around -32.8 degrees Fahrenheit in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk December 12. (REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin) #

A group of elderly women take a dip in the icy river in Shenyang, China December 20. Winter swimming is especially popular among the elderly as it's believed to improve circulation and benefit health, and also said to increase the level of mental awareness, release stress, remove aches and pains, increase vitality and keep skin looking younger. It also causes some body parts to shrivel up inside the torso until mid-July. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

In disbelief that those old women are tougher than they are, skiers Jan Hudec and Bode Miller suddenly realize what total wimps they are for bundling up against the cold during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup SuperG December 17 in Val Gardena, Italy. (Francis Bompard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images) #

Everybody, sing with us! "Here we go a-wassailing…" Using their respective basketball games as audition platforms for what they hope will be lucrative second careers as backup singers, (left to right) New York's Amar'e Stoudemire, Golden State's Monta Ellis, and Kansas State's Frank Martin harmonize for the holidays. (Al Bello/Getty Images) (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #

Wishing Amar'e, Monta, and Frank would sing just a little louder, Australian captain Ricky Ponting pauses after winning the Third Ashes Test cricket match against England in Perth December 19. (AP Photo/Steve Wake) #


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You guys are getting hilarious with your captions (like no. 34!). I hope that attracts more readers to this always excellent quality photo blag.

Posted by sc December 23, 10 02:18 PM
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Would love a full size version of #13 for a desktop background. Great collection as always!

Posted by Marc December 26, 10 12:59 AM
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great set...#15 sure looks like he's also crashed, not just 'cleared the gate'...

Posted by Chris December 28, 10 08:41 AM
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