This week on the show, we’re joined by two-time Olympian, Nick Symmonds.
Nick competed for the United States at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Though his focus has been on the 800 meters for the majority of his career, Nick also has a personal best of 3:56 seconds in the mile.
After his running career came to an end, Nick became a successful entrepreneur and YouTube star. His YouTube channel is filled with videos of the former Olympian racing go-kart, Teslas, and even includes fitness challenges like doing 300 push-ups a day for 30 days.
Symmonds’s most popular videos are when he races people on the street for $100 and the competition isn’t always easy.
“We’ve had a lot of talented NCAA athletes show up. Last year, in the 100, the Pac-12 champion in the decathlon showed up and just lit everybody up. And then I go to give him his $100 and he goes ‘well I can’t because of the NCAA.”
When he’s not racing people for money, Nick is working on collecting all 50 state high-points and wants to climb the 7 Summits – the tallest mountain on each continent.
Nick is also the creator of Run Gum, the energy gum designed to maximize a person’s performance that provides a physical and mental boost five times faster than coffee or an energy drink.
In this interview, Nick talks about competing in the Olympics and the mental crash that happened when that part of his life ended, where he gets the inspiration for his YouTube videos, getting smoked by strangers on the street, a secret cheat he does before his races, why commentating for NBC sucked, and how to win a race against friends.
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