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Total Tar Heels: Nov. 22, 2017

As we look ahead to Thanksgiving tomorrow, read on for numerous ways that UNC student-athletes show their gratitude and give back to our community. We're grateful for the way they represent Carolina. Total Tar Heels is a digest that provides a behind-the-scenes look at UNC student-athletes and some of the things they do away from competition. (GoHeels.com)

Get to Know Shalane Flanagan, the Female Runner Who Made History at the NYC Marathon

Shalane Flanagan is a star athlete with an Olympic medal and three American world records under her belt, but she’s also the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon. The runner made history, and her victory has been a lifetime in the making. InStyle caught up with Flanagan to talk about the race, her career, and what’s up next. (InStyle)

Defense Leads UNC Field Hockey To Final Four, Olympic Notes

It seemed appropriate for UNC to extend its season behind its defense. The Tar Heels had allowed only two goals in their first four postseason games. Before surrendering one in the 35th minute Sunday, 250 minutes, 30 seconds of game time separated them from the last goal they surrendered. UNC's defense will continue to be key Friday, when it faces No. 1 Connecticut. (GoHeels.com)

How the ‘Shalane Flanagan Effect’ Works

When Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon last week, her victory was about more than just an athletic achievement. Of course, it’s a remarkable one: She’s the first American woman to win in 40 years, and she did so in a blistering 2 hours 26 minutes. But perhaps Flanagan’s bigger accomplishment lies in nurturing and promoting the rising talent around her. (New York Times)

The race that no one could take away from Shalane Flanagan

Her game face didn't crack until the very end, when she threw a punch skyward and let out a spirited epithet, then blew a kiss as she broke the tape. Perhaps the most unlikely thing about Shalane Flanagan's New York City victory was how explicitly she longed for it in an event where so many demur about their ambitions. "How my career ends is super important to me,'' she told me. (ESPN.com)

One day, two ACC championships and NYC Marathon win

Sunday was a day for Tar Heel victories. UNC’s field hockey and women’s soccer team both claimed ACC championships, and 2004 UNC graduate Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years. “We did it,” Flanagan posted online along with a photo of her holding an outstretched American flag. (UNC.edu)

Chansky’s Notebook: Shalane Flanagan, 36, Takes Gotham

A former Tar Heel is the first American in 40 years to win New York. Shalane Flanagan is 15 years removed from her days at UNC, and she is such an accomplished distance runner that her Wikipedia profile barely mentions her college accomplishments, which include the 2002 and 2003 national cross country titles she won after excelling in high school swimming, soccer and track. (Chapelboro.com)

Shalane Flanagan Wins New York City Marathon

Shalane Flanagan pulled away from Mary Keitany on Sunday to become the first American woman to win the women's New York City Marathon since 1977. Keitany had won three straight New York marathons, but Flanagan pulled away from the Kenyan great with about three miles to go. Flanagan finished with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds. (CBS News)

Tar Heels Bring Happy HEELoween To Hospital

The annual HEELoween party on Tuesday afternoon brought Halloween fun to patients at UNC Children's Hospital. Tar Heel student-athletes helped to decorate the hospital's Pediatric Play Atrium then played games and did crafts with patients who could come to the party, and visited rooms to meet with some of those who couldn't. (GoHeels.com)

Ahead of 2017 New York City Marathon, Shalane Flanagan Isn’t Done Yet

Shalane Flanagan hasn’t thought beyond November 5th. In less than two weeks, she will return to the New York City Marathon for her 10th career marathon and first since the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A back injury suffered while training through, kept Flanagan from running April’s Boston Marathon, but she returned to competition in the summer. (Sports Illustrated)

ESPN broadcaster, former UNC track athlete Josina Anderson signs extension with network

Josina Anderson and Damien Woody have been signed to multi-year contract extensions by ESPN, the network announced Wednesday. Anderson has emerged as ESPN's most original and incisive voice during coverage of the Colin Kaepernick controversy. As NFL experts, both Anderson and Woody could appear on Mike Greenberg's new New York City-based morning show. (Sporting News)

Tar Heels Coach For College In Vietnam

UNC's Marika Akkerman and Alex Cooke are used to balancing academics and athletics, Akkerman as a sport administration-communication studies double major on the women's tennis team and Cooke as a psychology major on the women's track and field team. But this summer, both took that challenging combination abroad, coaching and teaching in rural Vietnam. (GoHeels.com)

Distance Runner Shalane Flanagan Upgraded To Silver Medal In 10,000-Meter For Olympic Games Beijing

The United States Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field have received official notification from the International Olympic Committee that distance runner Shalane Flanagan has been upgraded to the silver medal in the 10,000-meter for the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. She received the silver medal at her home in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, Aug. 21. (Team USA)

Looking Back On A Year Of Service

UNC student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff members participated in more than 5,200 hours of community outreach during the 2016-17 academic year. The Tar Heels partnered with a wide range of organizations, emphasizing involvement with local schools and with UNC Hospitals. UNC kicked off the year with the first-ever department-wide day of service. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Athletic Facilities Construction Live Updates

Construction is well underway on a series of new UNC athletics facilities, including the football indoor practice facility, the soccer and lacrosse stadium, the track & field and practice fields complex near Finley Golf Course and the field hockey complex. Tar Heel fans can keep up with the progress of the construction with live footage of the projects as they're built. (GoHeels.com)

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