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:)
Evan Jager got married aka my life is over
— Morgan Mahoney (@morgithecorgi) October 11, 2016
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 (@UpstateRun) October 9, 2016
Evan Jager got married yesterday… ??
— Krystal Yernye (@Kay_0989) October 9, 2016