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Globe Trotter

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.

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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

+ "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.

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WINTER'S TALE The 14-year-old marathoner began competing in triathlons when she was just nine.

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JON SUPER/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES (HOUSTON)

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NITO/FOTOLIA.COM (WEDDING)

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SCHOLASTIC (BOOK)

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COMSTOCK IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES (MILK)

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KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES (BECKERMAN)

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JERRITT CLARK/GETTY IMAGES (PUGH)

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RICK KERN/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (HAMILTON)

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