Evan Jager’s Fairytale 2016 Continues as He Gets Married in Sweden
October 11, 2016
Rio Olympic silver medallist and American record holder in the steeplechase Evan Jager’s fairytale 2016 continued when he married his girlfriend Sofia Hellberg-Jonsén over the weekend at the Haga Kyrka in Sigtuna, Sweden, with friends and family present.
Hellberg-Jonsén and Jager’s romance has a cool backstory tied to running. Jager and Hellberg-Jonsén met at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where Jager ran the 1500 for the US, and Hellberg-Jonsén ran the 200 for Sweden. Evan told the Portland Tribune the details, “We had hotel rooms right next to each other. We hung out for a week there. She came to the states for school [Hellberg-Jonsén ran the 400, 400h, and 800 at Ole Miss from 2010-2013], but I didn’t see her again until 2012. We met up again, started talking every day, and we clicked.”
Evan’s career as a steeplechaser blossomed at the same time as his relationship with Hellberg-Jonsén. He told his hometown Illinois paper, the Northwest Herald, last year, “It’s been nice to have a real relationship where you can grow and really learn who they are in person. It’s nice sharing day-to-day stuff, boring kind of stuff.”
Jager and Hellberg-Jonsén got engaged in Sweden at the end of last year and now they are husband and wife.
Congrats to bride and groom.
Update: The title of the thread above is appropriate. A message board poster notes a few women on Twitter had their dreams dashed this weekend:)
Instagram informs me that Evan Jager got married this weekend…which is weird, because I was 100% sure he was my boyfriend. cc: @losingrace
— Heather McKirdy (@_heathersturn) October 9, 2016
Evan Jager got married yesterday… 😢😭
— Krystal Yernye 🍍 (@Kay_0989) October 9, 2016