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Usain Bolt in for big freeze and will use ice chamber to prevent back injuries / London 2012 Olympics News

>Usain Bolt is considering using an ice chamber in London to guarantee his fitness for this month’s Olympics amid fears a back injury has derailed his preparations.

The world’s fastest man has flown to Germany especially to see Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and has pulled out of his final warm-up race before the Games as he strives to get his body right for the huge challenge of defending his 100 and 200 metre titles from training partner Yohan Blake.

that Bolt’s camp are in discussions with a British company over the cryotherapy treatment, which aids athletes’ recovery by encasing them in liquid nitrogen at temperatures of minus 140C.

The 25-year-old is said to be keen on stepping into Britain’s only mobile ice chamber, which the Welsh rugby team used this year as they won the Six Nations.
The chamber, supplied by CryolabSports, is secured in a former police van and can be driven to wherever it is needed.
Those using it strip to their underwear and let the cold air chill their body for up to three minutes, during which time the skin temperature drops significantly but the core stays the same.

This boosts muscle recovery after exhausting training sessions and triggers the release of endorphins which help pain relief.
Bolt, whose aura of invincibility was punctured by two defeats to 100m world champion Blake at the Jamaican trials last week, could use it right away to help him recover from the injury which forced him out of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 20.

He could alternatively decide to wait until he travels to London for the Games and use it between the rounds of his three events – the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.
Mo Farah is likely to use the chamber during the Olympics as he runs for gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m.

He regularly uses one supplied by Nike at his home in Eugene, Oregon and CryolabsSports have offered their services on these shores.
Farah has said: ‘You’re not stiff or anything, your body’s just freezing cold. But you recover right away. The following day – that’s when you feel a lot better.’
His coach Alberto Salazar is a long-time fan.

 London 2012 Olympics : Short News

• The Olympic torch is travelling from Luton to Oxford, via Milton Keynes. Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton started today’s relay in Luton. He had originally been slated to carry it through his home town, Stevenage, but swapped so he could take part in the British Grand Prix yesterday. “It wasn’t that great a day,” he said of yesterday’s race, in which he came eighth, “so I would happily have missed that to come and do it that evening. But I am so proud to do it, it doesn’t matter where I do it.”

• A group of council tenants are going to the high court to try to block plans to station surface-to-air missiles on the roof of their tower block during the Olympics. Residents of the Fred Wigg tower in Leytonstone, east London, are applying for permission to seek judicial review on the grounds that their human rights have been breached because they were not consulted fairly or properly. They also want an injunction prohibiting deployment of the missiles until their legal challenge is heard. The Ministry of Defence wants to deploy the missiles at six sites across the capital from mid-July to shoot down any aircraft threatening the Olympic Park.

• Britain’s Andy Murray lost to Switzerland’s Roger Federer in an enthralling Wimbledon final. Murray will have another chance to shine in just under three weeks when the Olympic tennis tournament starts.

• U.S Basketball Team They lost Dwyane Wade but gained Kevin Durant. Dwight Howard’s size has given way to Russell Westbrook’s speed.

The Americans know their men’s Olympic basketball team will look much different than the one that captured gold four years ago in Beijing. Three of the most important players from that team were unable to return, but the carryovers keep talking about being better now than they were then.

“I think it has the potential to be that if we learn to use our versatility. It’s a more versatile team than 2008. Now does that translate into being better?” coach Mike Krzyzewski said Sunday. “Although we don’t have the center, that team didn’t have Durant or Westbrook. So it’s a different team and we’ll see if it becomes better, but it can be. It could be.”

In some ways, that’s difficult to envision. Wade was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 16 points in just over 18 minutes per game off the bench. Howard started at center and averaged 10.9 points while shooting 74.5 percent from the field. Chris Bosh, also out this summer, backed him up and shot even better, knocking down 24 of 31 shots (77.4 percent) and leading the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.

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