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Nick Symmonds is an athlete competing in Track & Field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Nick Symmonds will look to make his second Olympic appearance for the U.S. this summer in London, where he hopes to be among the medal contenders in the men's 800m. Symmonds has dominated the event domestically but still seeks his first medal at a global championship.

In response to the outpouring of reaction to his blog and Facebook discussion group, the entrepreneurial Symmonds — he owns four Tan Republic tanning salons in Eugene — auctioned off advertising space on his body on eBay. In January 2012, Hanson Dodge Creative, an active lifestyle agency, won the right to place a temporary tattoo with their Twitter handle on his left shoulder for the season. The 10-day auction drew 22,000 page views on eBay and a winning bid of $11,100.

In October of 2011, Symmonds launched a Facebook group titled "I am tired of USATF and IAAF Crippling Our Sport," in an effort to try and improve the marketing of track and field and it's athletes by making it possible for athletes to wear more sponsor logos. Within two days, his group attracted over 4000 members. He blogged about how the governing bodies are cutting off avenues to the already limited sponsorship opportunities for athletes with their antiquated rules. "There is a cancerous tumor in the sport of track and field and its name is over-regulation," he said.

Symmonds continued his ownership of the 800m in the U.S., running away with a fourth consecutive national title in 2011 with a time of 1:44.17. At the World Championships in Daegu, he advanced to the final once again, finishing fifth in 1:45.12, one spot higher than he did two years earlier in Berlin.

After winning his third consecutive national title in 2010, Symmonds struggled a bit on the European circuit, finishing sixth at the Diamond League meets in Paris and Monaco and fifth in Stockholm. But he had a solid third-place run in London and then chased Kenya's David Rudisha during his world-record performance (1:41.01) in Rieti, eventually finishing third in a personal-best 1:43.76. He closed the season with a win in Zagreb, a fifth-place run at the Continental Cup (again won by Rudisha) and a win at the DecaNation meet in Annecy.

Symmonds continued to build on the momentum he began in 2008 the following season. He repeated as champion at the USA Outdoor Championships in 1:45.86 and scored third-place finishes at the Golden League meetings in London and Monaco, running a season-best 1:43.83 at the latter. At the World Championships in Berlin, Symmonds won his first two heats before finishing sixth in the final. By advancing that far, he became the first American to reach the 800m final at Worlds since Rich Kenah won bronze and Mark Everett finished eighth in 1997.

Symmonds went to the Beijing Olympics hoping to make his mark. He won his opening round heat in 1:46.01 to advance to the semifinals. But that was as far as Symmonds would get. His time of 1:46.96 placed him fifth in his heat, not good enough to make it to the final.

Symmonds qualified for his first Olympics by finishing first in the 800m at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. With about 200m to go on the final lap it appeared that Symmonds was boxed on the curve. But he found a small opening and made a bold bolt to the lead. He maintained his surge down the final stretch to win in a personal-best 1 minute, 44.10 seconds. Symmonds, who finished runner-up to Khadevis Robinson at the 2006 and 2007 U.S. Outdoor Championships, covered the final 200m in a blistering 24.1 seconds.

Listed at 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, Symmonds is smaller than many of his 800m competitors, and in the final at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, said he pulled, "a little hockey move I picked up in high school" to come from behind and win. He says one advantage of being smaller is, "I'm able to fit into these tight pockets that other people can't find."

It seemed like things were going against Symmonds in 2008. First, he came down with the flu in January. Then, he had a scare in May 2008 when he got spiked in the knee during a pileup in the 1500m at the adidas Track Classic in California. The race was re-started, but Symmonds dropped out with a lap to go. He needed 12 stitches to close the wound, and lost some training time while his knee healed.

At the 2007 Prefontaine Classic, Symmonds pulled off a huge upset when he came from behind to beat Russia's Yuri Borzakovsky, the reigning Olympic champion, and set the meet record in what was then a personal best 1:44.54. That come-from-behind victory has become a calling card for Symmonds, who cites Sebastian Coe as his Olympic idol.

Symmonds was a crowd favorite at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene having starred at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Symmonds, a biochemistry major, was a seven-time NCAA Division 3 champion at the school, winning four titles in the 800m and three in the 1500m. He now lives in Springfield, Oregon and trains under coach Mark Rowland at the Oregon Track Club.

Symmonds initially played high school and soccer in high school, he played ice hockey (his father Jeffrey, a surgeon, played hockey at Colorado College) and soccer. While playing soccer his coach would make the team do sprints and Symmonds would think to himself: "Don't mind if I do." He started running in eighth grade to get in better shape for soccer, but then realized he was too small for soccer and started running cross-country instead. Symmonds' mother, Andrea, is also a runner.


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Age: 32 years old
Birthday: December 30, 1983
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthplace: Blytheville, AR
Hometown: Boise, ID
Current Residence: Springfield, OR

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