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For his day job, Jack Blendinger teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes as an Educational Leadership professor in Mississippi State Universityâ€™s College of Education, but when not in the classroom he enjoys the great outdoors from the comforts of a kayak.
Now Blendinger is not your average kayaker. Over the years, he has worked his way into the elite ranks and this year he won his eighth straight national masterâ€™s title in Olympic kayak racing.
â€śI owe a lot to kayaking,â€ť Blendinger said. â€śIt has done wonders for me and for my physical fitness. I have won the national championship eight straight years, but it is not the winning that matters to me. What is important to me is at 80-years-old I am being active. I donâ€™t care if I win or come in last, the whole idea is that I can actually do this. I can finish the race. I can confront the challenge and overcome it.â€ť
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