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Stillwater's Ben nike outlet Blankenship takes his job seriously Olympic Trials to finish third and qualify for Rio the defining moment of his career to this point. glad I got in, he said. did my job. how Blankenship approaches the sport to which he dedicated his life. He said he tries to go into races free of emotion. my job, he said in a phone interview last month. something that I train for. The only way I really screw it up is if I let my mind think too much. Sometimes you got to go in, execute and move on to the next round. 26 year old, who won Class 2A state titles for the Ponies in the 1,600 meter run in 2006 and 2007, makes his Olympic debut on Tuesday morning in the first round of the 1,500 meters. Blankenship is not the average distance runner. His partner, Jessica Gabriel, said he private in daily life, yet Blankenship said his biggest goal when he steps onto the track is to give the audience a show. His training plan is to make himself for 30 minutes a day, pushing himself to the extent that it once took his doctor intervention to prevent him from running on a broken toe. While other runners take advantage of any and all downtime to rest their bodies, Blankenship can sit still. He enjoys growing his own food, taking his dogs for a walk and creating the perfect espresso. In the time leading up to the Olympic Trials, he insisted on working on Gabriel car when it was acting up. of track and field, I think for the best people, is knowing how to be idle, Gabriel said. just doesn like to be idle. think he a little bit different than most people in that he not a very sentimental person, Gabriel said. not a very emotional person. He really does view this as this is my gift and I owe it to myself, but really, this is something I really good at, I like doing it, it affords me a type of lifestyle that I enjoy living, and if they pay me to do nike 05553 it, then I do it. If I not going to get paid to do it, then he doesn see any point in doing it. sponsorship with Nike allowed him to continue to devote his life to running, and he credited Nike with helping nike 4.0 flyknit him stick with the sport when he was going through a challenging time in 2012. Blankenship spent that year away from the sport after battling injuries that forced him to end his Gophers career a few months early. Blankenship called the time that followed a low point in the sport. He did a bit of everything that year, attending the London 2012 Olympics to watch the competitions and even dabbling in construction work. was just a gig for a week here and there, Blankenship said. was a good opportunity for me to do something else and take a step back from running, but really I think that whole year was kind of just taking everything a little bit lighter and just kind of getting back into it and trying to find a joy of running again. part of it might have been a good thing, Blankenship said, some time off and kind of figuring out how can I go forward running at this level. Outdoor National meet, when he placed 10th. That when Gabriel said Blankenship knew he had to go all in to be able to make a national team. From that time forward, Blankenship wanted to be competitive in any and every race, whether it be an Olympic final or a community 5K. That renewed commitment was on display at the end of 2014, when Blankenship and his training partner, Ciaran o Lionaird, went to Flagstaff, Ariz., for a solo training camp. was the first time from his point where he could say, going to do this, I going to do something here, because I want to be the very, very best I could be, Lionaird said. invested fully into what he doing, and the results are showing, for sure. Outdoor Track and Field Championships and anchored the Team USA Distance Medley Relay to a world record at the World Relays. But only when the calendar turned to 2016 did Blankenship think about the Olympic Trials. Gabriel said Blankenship knew it would come down to the ability to shift gears down the stretch to finish in the top three at trials and advance to Rio, so he focused on that aspect of his running. is a trainer, Ben is a worker, Gabriel said. tries to adjust his training and tries to put himself in a position that he working on the things that will make him the best athlete on the day. sure enough, at trials he made a late pass to finish third a job well done. The next task is Rio, one Blankenship recognizes is pretty big deal. am excited about it, Blankenship said. I also have a lot more work to do. didn give away his goals for Rio, but Gabriel touched on the possibility of Blankenship advancing to the final, and giving himself a chance to go stride for stride with the world best down the stretch. thing about Ben is that he a competitor, Lionaird said. think he made this comeback, and the time away I think hardened him and took away some of the expectations.