Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/17/14

Olympic runner Nick Symmonds spends most of his time preparing for the London Games. However, he recently got a chance to spend some downtime with someone who is apparently very special to him. According to NBC Sports, Symmonds recently visited Los Angeles and went on a date with Paris Hilton.

With rain falling at the site of the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, Symmonds says he was relaxing in Beverly Hills when he got a surprise email from Hilton, who was flying in from New York. She asked if they could meet, and he arranged for a meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel — a spot that is known for being very private.

“Three weeks out from the Trials, I thought that would be a much-needed quick escape,” Symmonds said. “I was pleasantly surprised to be able to sit down with Paris Hilton one-on-one and get to know her a little bit better.”

Having admired Hilton for a while, the Olympian says he wanted to make a big impression. He remembered that she loves the color pink, so he put together a care package for her that included a pink Timex Ironman watch, a pink bottle of bubble bath, a pink and white beach towel from the Beverly Hills Hotel, a pink luggage tag and a few other goodies.

“She liked it very much and thought it was very sweet,” he said. “She is a very intelligent, very kind woman who is even more beautiful in person than I had expected. There were the first two or three minutes where I was thinking to myself, ‘I can’t believe I’m here sitting in The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel having a gin and tonic with Paris Hilton, while she’s sipping a mint mojito.”

Symmonds said they exchanged phone numbers and have texted a bit since. I realize he’s a small town guy, but we are talking about the same Paris Hilton, right? Intelligent? Beautiful? Maybe I’m missing something.

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