Nick Symmonds is my favorite middle distance runners. Before you trolls accuse me of being one of his employees or even Nick himself, I can assure you that I am just a fan from the midwest.
The professional career of Nick Symmonds was storied. 1:42 in London 2012, multiple Diamond League wins, 1st in the Olympic trials 800 in 2008 AND 2012. 3:37 for 1500 meters. This guy has accomplished so much and certainly has the hardware to back up being my favorite professional runner.
The personality of Nick Symmonds is one of a laid back, chill, and genuine guy. He isn't cocky like Lyles or Lebron James, after almost every race he won, he first congratulated all his competitors before doing any celebrating. Nick is a true sportsman on the track. He has never had any squabbles with the media and he treats all his fans with respect.
Nick Symmonds influence on the sport is admirable. The guy has exposed hundreds of thousands of people to our beautiful sport through his Youtube Channel and his brand - RunGum. (It didn't hurt he dated Paris Hilton). Regardless of what you think of his youtube channel, opinions cannot argue with facts. This guy has almost 200k subscribers and he pushes out original content every week.
Lastly, Nick Symmonds is proud to put himself out there to his fans. He answers every single training related question posed to him on Instagram and he does so with clarity. How often do you get a chance to ask, virtually anything, to a 2 time Olympian and 1:42 800meter runner? I think this is the best part about Symmonds and I implore him (if he's reading) to never stop this aspect.
So here it is, my opinion of why Nick Symmonds is my favorite middle distance runner and why. I used facts and evidence to back up my claim and ask for courtesy on this thread. As always, discuss.