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
Muhammad Ali bio
Justin PughGiants, RT
Harry Potter series
Kyle BeckermanReal Salt Lake, M
David and Goliath by Malcolm Galdwell
+ "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.
DAVID DOW/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (NEN√ä)
ANITA ALLEN/MARATHON TOURS & TRAVEL (WINTER)
WINTER'S TALE The 14-year-old marathoner began competing in triathlons when she was just nine.
KEVIN MAZUR/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (DION)
JON SUPER/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES (HOUSTON)
COMSTOCK IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES (MILK)
KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES (BECKERMAN)
JERRITT CLARK/GETTY IMAGES (PUGH)
RICK KERN/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (HAMILTON)