2-TIME USA OUTDOOR RUNNER-UP (2006, 2007)  •  2008 WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALIST (800M)  •  2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM MEMBER (800M)  •  2007 USA INDOOR CHAMPION (800M)  •  2007 PREFONTAINE CLASSIC CHAMPION (800M)  •  7-TIME NCAA DIV. III OUTDOOR CHAMPION (800M, 1500M)
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Nick Symmonds

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Personal Info

Born On:  December 30, 1983
Hometown:  Boise, Idaho
Resides:  Springfield, Oregon
Education:  Willamette '06
Height:  5' 10

Biography

Heart of Gold

United States track and field star Nick Symmonds won a gold medal in 2008, but it might have not been the one he expected to. After winning the U.S. Olympic Trials in dominant fashion, Symmonds went on to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He came back to the states without a medal, but was presented a homemade gold medal by 9-year old Clayton Fritts who he has mentored for over a year.

As a Big Brother to Fritts, Symmonds has acted as a positive role model in a young child’s life, making time for Guitar Hero and fishing in between his busy training schedule. The two spend about four-hours a week together in Springfield, Oregon, where Symmonds was granted the ‘keys to the city’ following his Olympic success.

Symmonds, one of the bright young stars of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team, came burst onto the scene at the 2007 Prefontaine Classic in 2007, where he pulled off an amazing come from behind victory over the former Olympic Champion to set a new personal and meet record in the 800m. On the very same track, in front of the loyal hometown fans, Symmonds would win the Olympic Trials in a race that was immortalized in Sports Illustrated. The victory was one again a personal best for Symmonds, who clocked in at 1 minute 44.10 seconds.

The New York Times, USA Today and The Idaho Stateman, among many others, all covered the tail of a D-III student athlete who studied biochemistry making such a splash on the Olympic stage. Symmonds regulalry speaks on his rise from anonymity to the top of the track and field world.

His motivational and educational presentation focuses on commitment to one’s self, the community and goals and the means to be succesful in all three.

‘The Legend’ continues

As a 5-foot-2 95 lb. sophomore in high school Nick Symmonds decided to give up soccer to try out for the track team. While soccer might have been his first love it was his track career that tagged him “The Legend”. With nine state championships, seven national championships and a streak of 50 plus races won in the 800m between high school and college made his amateur career somewhat of an urban legend among the Northwest.

Despite his late start to the sport, Symmonds took the state of Idaho by storm, competing for Bishop Kelly High School. As a junior, only his second year of competitive track, he won the Idaho State Title is the 800m, 1600m, 3200m and 4x400-meter relay. He repeated all titles in his senior year and added a State Championship in the 5k cross-country.

At Willamette University, a small liberal arts school in Salem, Oregon, Symmonds won the NCAA Div-III National Championships in the 800m and 1500m his freshman year. He would go on to win the National Championship in the 800m in each of his four years at Willamette. He would win the 1500m again in both his junior and senior year. In 2005 he was named the Div-III Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year and was also the recipient of the Ad Rutschman Award, given to Oregon’s top small college athlete.

Success in college quickly translated to international renown, as Symmonds won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, the 2007 Prefontaine Classic, the 2007 Reebok Boston Indoor Games and the 2007 U.S. Indoor Championships within his first two years of professional running.

Symmonds continues to actively train in Oregon and keeps tabs on his training through a blog on TheFinalSprint.com. All signs point to his contention in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.