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Shalane Flanagan: This past summer was one for the books

Shalane Flanagan packed three of the most memorable moments of her life into a period of just a few weeks this summer. And that’s saying something, considering she won bronze in the 10,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and can stake claim to the second-fastest marathon time in American history: 2:21:14, good for third place at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. (Charlotte Observer)

How former UNC athletes fared in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Fifteen athletes competing in the games were former Tar Heels. Of those 15, only one former UNC athlete came home with a medal. Despite a notorious lack of playing time, Harrison Barnes won gold with the USA Men’s Basketball Team. (Tar Heel Blog)

Former UNC pole vaulter Sandi Morris wins silver medal in Rio

Pole vaulter Sandi Morris attended UNC for only two years before transferring to Arkansas, but she definitely left her mark before leaving — setting a school record of 14-feet, 1¼-inch as a freshman in 2011. She was also a three-time All-American for the Tar Heels. Friday, she added another accomplishment to her resume by becoming an Olympic silver medalist. (Wilmington Star News)

Tar Heels Making Their Marks at Rio Olympics

Sixteen Tar Heels have been delivering on months and years of training in their goal to compete at the highest level of their sports, bringing them to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With the games closing ceremony set for Aug. 21, here’s how UNC Olympians have been doing. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Lower Concessions Prices & More Options At UNC Venues

The UNC department of athletics and its concessions partner, Aramark Sports and Entertainment, is introducing reduced concessions prices and new outside food and beverage options for all Olympic sports venues for the 2016-17 school year. Fans can enjoy lower-priced food and beverage options at Olympic sports events. (GoHeels.com)

Shalane Flanagan Takes Sixth In Marathon At Rio Olympics

Former UNC standout Shalane Flanagan took sixth in the women’s marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Flanagan finished as the top American running the race in 2:25:06. It was Flanagan’s best finish at the Olympics in the marathon. She already has a bronze medal in the 10,000 from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. (GoHeels.com)

Shalane Flanagan’s Final Olympics? Probably.

Shortly after crossing the marathon finish line in sixth place on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Shalane Flanagan said it was likely the last of her races at the Olympic Games, where she has now competed four times. Though she hasn't indicated that she is retiring from competitive running yet, her interests within the next four years are turning toward a coaching role. (Runner's World)

Shalane Flanagan leads three Americans in top 9 of Olympic women's marathon

Yet there had never been a women’s marathon quite like here in Rio. Shalane Flanagan (2:25:06), Desiree Linden (2:26:08) and Amy Cragg (2:28:25) finished sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively, marking the USA's finest team performance. (USA Today)

Shalane Flanagan: 5 Things To Know About The Team USA Olympic Marathon Runner

Shalane Flanagan has been a mainstay on the Olympic track team since 2004, and though she has a lot of Olympic experience, the American distance runner only has one Olympic medal. The marathon runner from Massachusetts hopes to change that at the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio when she takes to the road Sunday morning for the women’s Olympic marathon. (Inquisitr)

Olympic Marathoner Shalane Flanagan Runs 115 Miles a Week

To run 26.6 miles competitively, Olympic runner Shalane Flanagan must log a ton of miles in training for the classic event. “I run 115 miles a week,” Flanagan tells Us Weekly. “I’m running twice a day for 80 minutes in the morning and 40-48 minutes in the evening.” Naturally that amount of running gets exhausting, so the 35-year-old makes sleep a top priority. (Us Weekly)

A day of eating with U.S. Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan

Elite marathoner Shalane Flanagan has logged thousands of miles in her training for Rio 2016, where she’ll represent the United States for the fourth time on the Olympic stage. At age 35, Flanagan has figured how to fuel her 5’5”, 113-pound frame. (Sports Illustrated)

How have former UNC athletes done so far at the Olympics?

Fifteen UNC alums are taking part in the 2016 Olympics. Of that 15, only two have yet to participate in the games. Shalane Flanagan and Vikas Gowda will take part in the Track and Fields events which take place in the second week. The other 13 athletes’ events have begun, and many of them have had fairly successful starts. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC’s Olympic Firsts

Athletes and coaches from UNC have participated in most summer Olympic games since 1936. UNC’s first Olympian was Harry Williamson, who ran the 800 meters at the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin. The first UNC alumnus to win a gold medal was a basketball player. A former UNC star did not win an individual gold medal until the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. (UNC.edu)

Recounting UNC’s Olympic gold medal history

North Carolina has had plenty of sporting success over the years. In addition to the many teams that have won national championships, UNC has sent dozens of athletes to the Olympics. Several of them have came away with gold medals. In all, Tar Heel athletes have won 35 gold medals. In 2016, 17 former UNC athletes have a chance to add to that total. (Tar Heel Blog)

Seventeen Tar Heels to represent four countries in Rio

Beginning this week, the rest of the sports world will stop for nearly a month as more than 10,000 athletes from the around the world travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete for gold in the Summer Olympic Games. And 17 of those elite athletes are Tar Heels. (UNC.edu)

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