Hollie Blanske, a senior management and marketing major, traveled nearly 500 miles from her home in Oak Grove, Minnesota, to attend school at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration and compete for the Husker gymnastics team. Nebraska helped inspire her passions in athletics, business and even motorcycles.
“I had collegiate offers everywhere, but what brought me to Nebraska was the culture,” said Blanske. “On my first visit, I loved everything about my teammates, coaches and the amazing academic opportunities. There’s a high standard for student athletes at Nebraska. It’s the best home away from home I could have imagined.”
Blanske led the Huskers to national finals competitions multiple times, including placing in the Super Six Finals her sophomore season. She was a first team All-American in balance beam, vault and floor exercise during her career.
“I’m a little different than most gymnasts. I used classic rock and roll music because I grew up around it. My parents ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles, so the classic rock floor routine fit perfectly with the motorcycle lifestyle. It was special to do that for my parents and it helped me stand out. It’s easier to compete when you love what you’re doing,” she said.
Her athletic career concluded in the spring and Blanske will graduate in December. In the meantime, she found a job that brings together her love for motorcycles and her business degrees at Frontier Harley-Davidson in Lincoln.
“It’s like working with a familiar family. I enjoy talking to customers and working with something I love – Harley-Davidsons. Being at Nebraska is a dream come true and has opened so many doors. It’s provided memories I’ll cherish,” she said.