NEW YORK — Meb Keflezighi, the most accomplished U.S. marathoner in recent history, said Sunday that the 2017 New York City Marathon will be his final marathon, as expected.
Keflezighi, 41, won the 2004 Olympic silver medal, the 2009 New York City Marathon and the 2014 Boston Marathon. He has finished 24 career marathons and has long said he wants to end his career with 26 career 26.2-mile races.
In Rio, Keflezighi became the second-oldest U.S. Olympic runner of all time and finished 33rd in that marathon after stopping seven times during the race due to stomach problems.
Keflezighi attended the New York City Marathon on Sunday as a grand marshal, along with four of his five U.S. Olympic marathon teammates. Keflezighi did not race New York City this year as it came only 11 weeks after the Rio Games.
Keflezighi is expected to race a spring marathon, likely Boston in April.
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With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.
Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.
“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”
Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.
Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.
Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.