As the athletes in the Summer Olympics put their bodies to the test, other athletes are training around the clock for their shot at the gold—years from now.
One of those athletes is Winter Vinecki, an inspirational young gal who first caught my attention about three years ago, when she was nine, running triathlons beside her sick father, hoping to raise money and awareness about prostate cancer, the disease that was killing him.
It was the same time my dad was dying of cancer and I felt a connection to this young lady, 30 years my junior.
Her father passed away the same year he was diagnosed but she’s continued the fight to make others aware of the disease.
She’s been racing around the world, serving as the Iron Kids Ambassador and adding to her mission. She’ll be in Kenya next month helping the girls there get a high school education.
And she continues to set incredible goals for herself. The most recent one: to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
This is no pipe dream.
She has recently moved to Park City, Utah, where she will be living and training at the Utah Olympic Park. She is getting training from the US Ski Team coaches and athletes.
I have no doubt she’ll achieve that goal, and anything else she puts her mind to.
All her life she’s proven she has the heart, fortitude and passion of a winner.