Nick Symmonds Part 2: A changing sport

In part one of this two-part series I acknowledged the challenges to Nick Symmonds and his motives. For me to buy into this revolution, of sorts, I have to agree with the person leading the charge. The last thing this sport needs is greed camouflaged by words of change, betterment, and empathy. In conclusion, I must say that Nick Symmonds has decided that he wants to change this...
May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Nick Symmonds Part 1: History in the making or self-absorption?

Nick Symmonds has been a professional athlete for almost 10 years now, and it is indisputable that he knows how to market himself. Currently, he’s in yet another hot button topic as he has just sold a 3×3 inch square of space on his shoulder for advertising purposes. He auctioned off the space on eBay for a whopping $21,800. The question, is Nick Symmonds slowly transforming this...
May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

U.S. Track Star Nick Symmonds’ sells shoulder ad space on Ebay

Advertising is an invaluable and expensive aspect at the Olympics, but athletes like Nick Symmonds are finding creative ways to successfully promote themselves to advertisers One of those ways is through Ebay, as Symmonds is  selling some valuable deltoid ad space (nine inches of it, to be exact) on Ebay. As bidding ended on Thursday, it was finally sold for $21,500, with 107 bids...
Via The Comeback
May 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympic runner Nick Symmonds is auctioning off ad space on his shoulder

Nick Symmonds is a two-time Olympian and 800-meter record-holder, and currently, nine square inches of the skin on his right shoulder is up for auction on eBay as ad space. The space is available for the remainder of the 2016 indoor season, and, should Symmonds qualify, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Symmonds' left shoulder will advertise his own company, Run Gum.This isn't the...
Via FOX Sports
April 26, 2016  |  Discuss

US Track team adds $9 million more to athlete funding

Leaders of the U.S. track team designed a formula to distribute an extra $9 million in cash to top athletes and also took steps to clarify language in a much-debated form that runner Nick Symmonds refused to sign before this year's world championships. USA Track and Field worked with Olympians Dwight Phillips, Doc Patton and others over the weekend to create a funding model that...
Via Associated Press
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

USA Track Star Nick Symmonds In Brand Dispute That Will Keep Him Out Of Worlds

The cost of putting on an event the scope of the Olympics has risen to astronomical levels, even pricing major cities in powerful countries out of the running. In short, the Olympics have become too big for their own good, leading some who cover the event, including Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo Sports, to wonder if the Olympics will still exist in 20 years. If the 7.2 billion...
Via Awful Announcing
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Symmonds left off US roster for worlds in Beijing

Middle distance runner Nick Symmonds will be watching the world championships in Beijing from the sideline after being left off the U.S. squad over a uniform squabble. The defending world runner-up at 800 meters refused to sign a contract that USA Track and Field requires all athletes to sign to be named to the team. When the official list came out Monday, Symmonds wasn't on it despite...
Via Associated Press
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

USA Track to keep national champ off Worlds roster over shoe dispute?

What to wear, what to wear? Nick Symmonds, America's national champion and the defending world runner-up at 800 meters, expects to be sitting home when the track world championships start later this month, all because of a feud over what he can and cannot wear during the trip to Beijing. Symmonds refused to sign a contract USA Track and Field requires all athletes to sign by Sunday...
Via Associated Press
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Symmonds prepared to miss worlds over contract language

Nick Symmonds, the defending world silver medalist in the 800 meters, is prepared to skip the world championships in Beijing over wording in a contract. The middle distance runner tells The Associated Press he refused to sign the release that USA Track and Field requires all athletes to sign by Sunday night to be on the team heading to China. The team will be officially announced...
Via Associated Press
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Olympian says he will work out naked until he finds apparel sponsor

US Olympic runner Nick Symmonds has a tremendous sense of humor. What he does not have, however, is an apparel sponsor. The Winter Games in Sochi begin in just over a month, and Symmonds is still searching for some financial assistance. Until he finds it, he will have to alter his training routine. On Wednesday, […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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