Annals of Ebay

Want Your Twitter Name on an Olympic Athlete in 2012? Heeeeeeere’s EBay!

nick symm tattoo Want Your Twitter Name on an Olympic Athlete in 2012? Heeeeeeeres EBay!

Mr. Symmond's shoulder.

Hey corporations and social media addicts: you do not want to miss this opportunity.

Nick Symmonds, a 2012 Olympian and member of the U.S. Track and Field Team currently ranked no. 1 in the U.S. for 800 meters, is subsidizing his training with an eBay auction. The Oregon runner announced yesterday he plans to wear a temporary tattoo with the auction winner’s Twitter handle on his left shoulder.

Mr. Symmonds, who is sponsored by Nike  is an outspoken opponent of the strict rules governing advertising on Olympic athletes, is sponsored by Nike and Melaleuca. He also promises to mention the Twitter name in interviews.

Right now there are 32 bids and the price stands at $1,025. And:

Along with this valuable advertising space (4.7 billion viewers during 2008 Olympic Games), I will tweet a message of support for the auction winner on the first of every month during 2012 from my personal Twitter account, @nsymm800, which currently has over 4500 followers.

And what happens when he gets caught with a bong?

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