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New York City Marathon announces elite fields; Kara Goucher withdraws

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Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai and Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado will attempt to defend their 2011 New York City Marathon titles on Nov. 3.

The New York Road Runners Association announced 25 international professional entries (full list below) that includes Mutai, Dado and reigning Olympic and world champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda on Thursday.

The U.S. entries were previously announced, though two-time Olympian Kara Goucher withdrew with a foot injury.

The 2012 New York City Marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

On the women’s side, Dado’s primary competition will be 2010 New York City Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, a two-time world champion, and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo, both of Kenya. London Olympic champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia was not on Thursday’s list.

Elite Men
Geoffrey Mutai (KEN)
Stanley Biwott (KEN)
Wesley Korir (KEN)
Peter Kirui (KEN)
Stephen Kiprotich (UGA)
José Manuel “Chema” Martinez (ESP)
Yuki Kawauchi (JPN)
Masato Imai (JPN)
Daniele Meucci (ITA)
Bob Tahri (FRA)

Elite Women
Edna Kiplagat (KEN)
Priscah Jeptoo (KEN)
Jelena Prokopcuka (LVA)
Firehiwot Dado (ETH)
Buzunesh Deba (ETH)
Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko (UKR)
Risa Shigetomo (JPN)
Christelle Daunay (FRA)
Kim Smith (NZL)
Ana Dulce Felix (POR)
Lisa Stublic (CRO)
Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER)
Adriana Da Silva (BRA)
Diane Nukuri-Johnson (BDI)
Yolanda Caballero (COL)

Boston Marathon adds 9,000 runners to 2014 field

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:

Olympians 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.