When Winter Vinecki started competing in Olympic-distance triathlons at the age of nine, she did not seek trophies or a place in the record books; instead she hoped to raise awareness about prostate cancer after her father, Michael, died of the disease in 2009. Now 14, she has become the youngest person to complete a marathon on all seven continents, giving her a platform for her cause. The OHS-Stanford sophomore's record-breaking journey started 18 months ago when Winter, alongside her mother, Dawn, finished the first of her seven 26.2-mile races, in Eugene, Ore. Since then the pair has finished marathons in Kenya, Antarctica, Peru, Mongolia, New Zealand and Greece, making them the first mother-daughter duo to complete the feat. "These races weren't about me," Winter says. "They were about the one in six families affected by prostate cancer." Team Winter, a nonprofit organization she set up, has helped raise more than $400,000 so far. Like Winter, that money will go a long way.
POP CULTURE GRID ...
|What athletes are thinking||What's been in my fridge the longest?||Last book read||Planet I'd like to visit||I've just about had it with ___||Nobody knows I watch ___||Person I'd like to sing a duet with|
|Lewis HamlitonFormula 1||Beer||Muhammad Ali bio||Mars||Hotels||Basketball||Celine Dion|
|Justin PughGiants, RT||Cookies||Harry Potter series||Mars||Cold weather||Shameless||Jarrod West|
|Kyle BeckermanReal Salt Lake, M||Milk||David and Goliath by Malcolm Galdwell||Mars||Wedding planning||Gold Rush||Beyoncé|
November 25, 2013
+ "I don't drink it," says the 2008 world champ. "It's there for when friends come around."
+ Beckerman, who is to be married next year in Salt Lake City, doesn't mind the planning per se: "I'm just ready for the day," he says.
+ Pugh chose West, a former Syracuse teammate. The two have been known to do a delightful version of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody."
They Said It
"They kicked our butts in the most classy way."
Nen√™Wizards forward, after Washington was beaten 92--79 by the veteran Spurs.