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Globe Trotter

Nov. 25, 2013
Nov. 25, 2013

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Nov. 25, 2013

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A teen runs for funds—and her fallen father

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.

This is an article from the Nov. 25, 2013 issue

POP CULTURE GRID ...

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What athletes are thinkingWhat's been in my fridge the longest?Last book readPlanet I'd like to visitI've just about had it with ___Nobody knows I watch ___Person I'd like to sing a duet with
Lewis HamlitonFormula 1BeerMuhammad Ali bioMarsHotelsBasketballCeline Dion
Justin PughGiants, RTCookiesHarry Potter seriesMarsCold weatherShamelessJarrod West
Kyle BeckermanReal Salt Lake, MMilkDavid and Goliath by Malcolm GaldwellMarsWedding planningGold RushBeyoncé

+ "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."

NenêWizards forward, after Washington was beaten 92--79 by the veteran Spurs.

PHOTODAVID DOW/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (NENÊ)PHOTOANITA ALLEN/MARATHON TOURS & TRAVEL (WINTER)WINTER'S TALE The 14-year-old marathoner began competing in triathlons when she was just nine.PHOTOKEVIN MAZUR/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (DION)PHOTOJON SUPER/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES (HOUSTON)PHOTONITO/FOTOLIA.COM (WEDDING)PHOTOSCHOLASTIC (BOOK)PHOTOCOMSTOCK IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES (MILK)PHOTOKEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES (BECKERMAN)PHOTOJERRITT CLARK/GETTY IMAGES (PUGH)PHOTORICK KERN/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (HAMILTON)PHOTO