Two-time Olympian and athlete rights activist Nick Symmonds will not compete for a chance to run in Rio de Janeiro this summer.
The 800-meter runner who was a favorite to make team USA announced this morning that, “This left ankle of mine currently has a torn ligament and a stress fracture. It will not allow me compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials.”
Symmonds has made waves in the sports world recently for his work off the track. In April, the Willamette University alum auctioned ad space on his body, protesting the stringent regulations Nike and USATF place on their athletes.
Without Symmonds’ presence on the field, Boris Berian will have the full weight of the Nike protest campaign on his shoulders. Symmonds’ vocal disagreement with USATF’s exclusive sponsor has garnered him as much attention as has his speed on the track.