When 14-year-old Winter Vinecki crossed the finish line of the Athens marathon on Sunday, she became the youngest person to complete a marathon on every continent. And she and her mom became the first mother-daughter duo to accomplish the feat.
“I know that I’ve done something amazing here, but I can’t really put into words how it feels yet; I guess the word would be magical,” Vinecki told the Idaho Statesman Journal.
Winter, from Salem, Oregon, dedicated her accomplishment to her father, who died from prostate cancer in 2009.
Winter’s racing schedule took her from Eugene, Oregon, in 2012 to the Amazing Maasai Marathon in Kenya, the Antarctica Marathon on King George Island, the Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu in Peru, the Sunrise to Sunset Marathon in Mongolia and the Wharf to Wharf Marathon in New Zealand. Her times ranged from 3:45 in Eugene to 9:18 in Peru — which set the female course record for the extremely difficult route.
“I can’t really choose a favorite place, because each one is so special and different,” she said.
Winter is training for the 2018 Olympics — but not in running. She’s perfecting her back layout with a 360 to compete in aerial skiing.
“This is just the beginning,” Winter said. “This just taught me that I can do anything, no matter how impossible it seems. As my dad taught me, never give in.”