Shalane Flanagan Becomes First U.S. Woman To Win NYC Marathon In 40 Years

Shalane Flanagan Becomes First U.S. Woman To Win NYC Marathon In 40 Years

Flanagan dominates the field and comes out on top.
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The running world just got a whole lot crazier. One of the United States most successful marathoners has made history today at the New York City Marathon. Shalane Flanagan, a four-time Olympian, flew her way through 26.2 miles in an unofficial time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 53 seconds. She was over a minute faster then the three-time defending NYC Marathon champion, Mary Keitany of Kenya, becoming the first American NYC marathon champion in 40 years.

The last time the NYC Marathon has seen an American winner was Miki Gorman, in 1977. This wasn't Flanagan's first NYC Marathon, making her first appearance here in 2010, where she finished second. Flanagan is the current American record holder in the 3,000 meter indoor and 5,000 meter indoor races, and has won a silver medal in the 10,000 meter race in the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games. Flanagan went out strong and didn't let anything get in her way of this tremendous victory. During a post race interview, Flanagan couldn't believe that this happened, she has dreamed of this moment for so long.

"This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl," said Flanagan. "It was a tough week for New Yorkers and all Americans, and I was able to come through with the best performance of my life."

This was Flanagan's first marathon since her last appearance in the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games, finishing 6th with a time of 2 hours 25 minutes and 6 seconds. She suffered a fracture in her back in the winter of 2016, that didn't allow her to compete or train for the 2017 Boston Marathon, forcing her to take two complete weeks off of running and regrouping. After a few months of relentless training and wanting something bigger and better, Flanagan showed the running world that one injury won't stop her from dominating the beast, the thing we all call the marathon.

"It's indescribable, it's a moment I'm trying to soak up and savor," said Flanagan on her post-race reaction on winning the NYC marathon. "I had no physical limitations today, I felt good and it was a pretty flawless race for me."

Flanagan has mentioned earlier this year that if she won the New York Marathon, she may retire from running the marathon, but she had made no remark regarding her retirement. Could we be seeing more of Flanagan in future years?

"I'll sit with my coach tonight," said Flanagan about her retirement. "I think we'll have some decisions to make."

Flanagan is the epitome of long-distance running, always putting in 110% no matter what the circumstance is. Congratulations, Shalane!

Cover Image Credit: NY Daily News

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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A Preview Of The Chicago Bears' Upcoming Season

New year, new team, but how will they perform in this upcoming season?

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I've been a Chicago Bears fan all my life, and I won't be the first to say that these past few years have been very frustrating. Watching the team was very hard considering we had coaches like Marc Trestman and John Fox along with Jay Cutler under center, and they put up some god awful records. But this year, things will be different. Fox is gone, Glennon is gone and Ryan Pace made some off-season moves to finally help the Bears on both sides of the ball. Starting with John Fox's replacement, Matt Nagy, who was the former Offensive coordinator for Kansas City under head coach Andy Reid.

Many fans had a lot of doubts about Nagy when the Bears first signed him on as the new head coach, and he still has yet to truly be proven but I still have a lot of faith Nagy will help turn slowly turn this team around.

The fact that he changed our offensive scheme to a West Coast offense and that we will be more aggressive on offense is promising, and this was evident as the Bears' offense helped them power through the Chiefs in their most recent pre-season game, but we will all truly see if we made the right decision with him when the regular season begins.

In my opinion, the Bears had a very successful offseason to help bolster the team on both sides of the ball. By signing receivers, Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. Trubisky will now have some solid deep threats to help benefit the offense, along with new acquisitions Tre Burton, and rookie receivers Anthony Miller, and Javon Wims. Looking at it on paper the offense will no doubt be a threat as they now have depth in the receiving including Kevin White, who is fully healthy and ready to prove himself this year. Plus their running back duo is definitely an underrated one as they have power back Jordan Howard and "the human Joystick" Tarik Cohen who can be a threat with both running the ball and receiving. On the defensive side, first-round pick Roquan Smith has finally signed with the Bears and will no doubt make a difference at linebacker along with fellow Georgia alumni Leonard Floyd.

The Bears also made the big decision to match Kyle Fuller's offer to prevent him from signing with the Packers. There have been many doubts about this because fuller has been very inconsistent up until this past season, but I still believe he will be able to have another lockdown season. Along with the topic of defensive backs, one of the players no one saw coming was safety Eddie Jackson. A 4th round pick in last year's draft that everyone slept on made a huge impact on defense and he will be back for another big season.

Looking at the Bears now with Trubisky at the helm, now with a whole arsenal of weapons on offense and a young defense with potential, I think this will be a pretty solid overall season. Now, I'm not gonna say the Bears will win out the NFC North or make the playoffs, but I do think we will get at least 6 or 7 wins. We have a team full of players with a lot of potentials and I have no doubt this year will be a step in the right direction for this team.

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