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Ryan Hall pulls out of New York City Marathon

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Two-time Olympian Ryan Hall withdrew from the New York City Marathon with a hip injury, it was announced Tuesday.

“In my zealous efforts to have redemption in this year’s ING New York City Marathon, I overstepped the first and most important rule — making it to the line healthy,” Hall said in a press release. “A long string of very aggressive training has aggravated my hip and it has not been able to fully calm down, such that I don’t think racing on it is wise. I am very disappointed that I won’t be lining up on November 3rd as I had so looked forward to, but I am refocusing now on getting back to 100 percent and going after some big goals in 2014. Redemption will have to wait, but it will be all the more sweet.”

Hall, 31, has been plagued by injuries since failing to finish the 2012 Olympic marathon in London.

He previously withdrew from the Oct. 6 San Jose Half Marathon due to a training setback. He also pulled out of the 2012 New York City Marathon due to “a string of nagging injuries” before the race was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Hall was second at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 10th at the 2008 Olympics and placed fourth at the 2009 New York City Marathon. Hall joins fellow U.S. Olympian Kara Goucher in missing this year’s event. Goucher withdrew with a foot injury last month.

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

The top U.S. men’s hope is Eritrean-born Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, who won the New York City Marathon in 2009.

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President Obama to female Olympians: ‘Y’all crushed it’ (video)

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President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Obama opened his speech by saying that he had planned on doing a floor routine with Simone Biles, before ultimately deciding that the room was too crowded. First Lady Michelle Obama interjected to remind the crowd that her husband “can’t touch his toes.”

The President then singled out the athletic accomplishments of Olympians including Biles, Michelle Carter, Simone Manuel, Claressa Shields, Kristin Armstrong, Kim Rhode, Allyson Felix, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

He also recognized: Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, Sam Kendricks, the U.S. Army reservist who put down his pole and stood at attention when the national anthem started playing, Will Claye, who proposed to U.S. hurdler Queen Harrison after winning an Olympic silver medal, and Abbey D’Agostino, who helped an opponent to her feet after a crash.

“That is exactly what the Olympic spirit and the American spirit should be all about,” Obama said about the sportsmanship of D’Agostino.

The President was particularly enthusiastic about the performance of the female athletes.

“2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians,” Obama said. “Y’all crushed it.”

Watch Obama’s full speech here.

After Obama’s speech, Biles presented him with a surfboard autographed by the Olympians in attendance.

“I’m going to have a lot of time to surf next year,” Obama said.

MORE: Photos of Team USA at the White House

Photos: Team USA at the White House

Twitter: @TeamUSA
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Below are some of the best photos of Team USA from inside the White House: