This national treasure bleeds Carolina Blue.
NYC Marathon Winner Shalane Flanagan
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Over the weekend, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years—no small feat. Though she grew up in Massachusetts, we're thrilled to report that Flanagan spent some of her most formative years right here in the south as a student athlete at UNC Chapel Hill. That's right, this national treasure is Tar Heel born and Tar Heel bred.

Flanagan competed in track and field and cross country events for the Tar Heels from 2000 to 2004 when she made the decision to go pro. In her three years at Carolina-lina, Flanagan was a 15-time ACC Champion, 14-time All-American, four-time national champion and a 2004 recipient of the Patterson Medal, the top athletic honor given at the university. She would go on to become a four-time Olympian and earned a silver medal in the 10,000 meters in Beijing in 2008.

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Congratulations to Shalane and that Carolina Blue!