Nick Symmonds has finally tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Tiana Baur. The two were married on Saturday in their backyard in Eugene, Ore. Symmonds represented the U.S. at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012, and in 2013 he won a world championship silver medal in Moscow in the 800m. He and Baur have been together for years, and they didn’t let COVID-19 get in the way of their wedding day, which they’ve been planning for the past 12 months after getting engaged in May 2019.
Olympian, CEO and YouTuber
Symmonds is well known for several reasons. After graduating from Division III NCAA school Willamette University—where he won the 800m national championship in all four years—he turned pro and joined the Oregon Track Club Elite team. He went on to win multiple U.S. national championships in the 800m, to compete in two Olympics (he finished fifth in the 800m in London in 2012, running his career-best time of 1:42.95) and to win a silver medal at the 2013 worlds.
In addition to his accomplishments on the track, Symmonds is founder and CEO of Run Gum, a company that makes “energy gum” for athletes, and he is a successful YouTuber, with almost 200,000 subscribers who follow along to watch the many videos of him attempting unorthodox running world records and challenges.
Baur is a sales manager for a real estate company, but she also works as Symmonds’ social media manager, helping him to promote his brand and accrue followers across YouTube and other social platforms, making them the perfect team.
In a photo posted on Instagram by the couple’s wedding photographer, she explains that Symmonds and Baur had been planning a “tiny elopement in their backyard all before COVID hit,” so the pandemic didn’t create too much of an issue for their big day. The honeymoon will have to wait, but that gives Symmonds more than enough time to film some more videos of him attempting wacky world records for his YouTube channel.