Winter Vinecki: Inspirational Teen Triathlete and Guest Speaker at Girls Rule! 2013

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 | Comments Off on Winter Vinecki: Inspirational Teen Triathlete and Guest Speaker at Girls Rule! 2013

Ophelia’s Place was thrilled to have Winter Vinecki, teen triathlete at the 2013 Girls Rule Event.

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Winter’s Introduction

Winter Vinecki is just 14 years old. Her list of accomplishments goes far beyond what most adults accomplish in a lifetime. At age 5, she did her first triathlon and was hooked on a sport many kids have never heard of. By age 9, she had completed her first Olympic distance triathlon in under 4 hours. (That’s a 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike and 6.2 mile run). Little did she know that race would be the last one her dad would meet her at the finish line. Her dad would die at just forty years of age, from prostate cancer.

At just 9 years of age, she formed Team Winter, a nonprofit organization, to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer and to honor her dad. She was chosen as the 2008 WebMD Health Hero (the youngest recipient ever). She was the 2009 “Kohl’s Kids Who Care” National Winner, the Prostate Cancer Foundation Everyday Hero and featured as Sports Illustrated’s Inspiring Kid. Golf legend, Annika Sorenstam presented Winter with the Annika Inspiration Award, an award given to an outstanding female athlete under the age of 18 who excels in her sport and inspires others, while giving back to her community. Winter has helped raise close to $400,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness.

Winter has made numerous television appearances including CNN Sports, CNBC’s “The Wall Street Journal Report” and the Rachel Ray Show, helping to raise awareness for prostate cancer. She is a two-­time, IronKids National Triathlon Champion and has spent the last 3 years being the IronKids Ambassador. She goes into schools across the World with “Winter’s inspirational Talk Series”, encouraging kids to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle and introducing kids to the sport of triathlon and now aerial skiing. She has athletes young and old, around the world, racing for Team Winter.

This past summer Winter become the newest and one of the youngest members of Fly Elite, an Olympic development team for aerial skiing. She now lives with a host family in Park City, UT and trains year round. Winter is a hopeful for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Currently, Winter is running a marathon on every continent to raise awareness for prostate cancer. She will complete all 7 continents this fall and will be the youngest person in the world to accomplish this. Winter is leaving March 20th for her marathon in Antarctica.

Good luck Winter and Thank You for speaking during Girls Rule 2013!