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Shaun White’s band, Bad Things, plays surprise Lollapalooza headlining set

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It didn’t take long for Shaun White‘s band to hit it big.

The Los Angeles-based band Bad Things, for which the snowboarder White plays lead guitar, was introduced at Chicago’s famed Grant Park by none other than Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell on Saturday.

Grant Park, known as “Chicago’s front yard,” is most famous in sports circles for hosting the Chicago Bulls’ NBA championships celebrations in the 1990s.

The Bad Things’ gig came four days after the band canceled its scheduled Aug. 3 show in Providence, R.I.

On Friday afternoon, the bad made the Lollapalooza gig Twitter official.

The scheduled Saturday headliner on The Grove Stage, Azealia Banks, dropped out with a throat infection earlier last week. The replacements, the Death Grips, reportedly didn’t show up for a Chicago after-party Friday night. That left White’s band to take its place, according to USA Today.

Professional snowboarder/skateboarder “Shaun White is hanging out here, he’s got his band (Bad Things) with him. So we asked, ‘Do you want to jump in and take that slot?’ So he’s going to do it,” Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell revealed earlier in the day.

So, Bad Things performed last, at 8:45 p.m., on The Grove Stage.

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BuzzFeed scares Olympians with a live turkey

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In honor of Thanksgiving, our friends at BuzzFeed decided to surprise several Olympians with a live turkey.

Watch your favorite Olympians practice their turkey calls, and even take selfies with the bird:

Athletes featured in the video:

Tori Bowie (Track & Field)

Matt Centrowitz (Track & Field)

Dawn Harper-Nelson (Track & Field)

Jenny Simpson (Track & Field)

Katelin Snyder (Rowing)

MORE: NBC Olympics Thanksgiving Rio promo

Bobsled Olympic medalist Steve Langton retires

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03:  (BROADCAST-OUT)  Steve Langton of the United States Bobsled team poses for a portrait ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.

A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.

At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”

“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.

Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.

“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”

Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.

None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.