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Height
5'4"
Weight
118
 

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Winter Vinecki has been a competitive athlete since age five. Starting from a young age, she was running races, winning triathlons and spending her winters dominating the ski slopes. When Winter was nine years old, she completed her first Olympic distance triathlon in under four hours, a distance many said she was too young for. It would be the last race her dad would ever meet her at the finish line. He died from a rare and aggressive form of prostate cancer shortly after. His death fueled her passion and determination in a way few athletes might experience. 

Vinecki's determination has translated to successful performances in the first few years of her aerials career. In her first season on the NorAm tour in 2012, Vinecki landed five top-10 finishes. She continued to improve and in 2016 won three NorAm events, securing the Grand Prix Title and landing her spot on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.

FIRST TRACKS
Vinecki began skiing when she was just three years old. Her grandpa has been a PSIA certified ski instructor for over 50 years at Boyne Mountain in Michigan, so skiing was naturally in her family. She began ski racing for Boyne Mountain and, after moving to Oregon when she was nine, continued ski racing for MBSEF at Mount Bachelor. While attending the Women’s Sports Foundation event in 2012 as the Annika Inspiration Award winner, Vinecki met Olympian and U.S. Freestyle aerials alumna Emily Cook. Cook has seen Vinecki skiing in a video clip shown at the event and immediately after invited her to attend a recruitment camp in Park City, UT. Knowing she loved skiing and messing around on her backyard trampoline, Vinecki packed her bags and headed to Park City only a few months after the event. After attending the week-long camp, she fell in love with the sport and became the newest member of Fly Freestyle. 

OFF THE SNOW
When she's not competing, Vinecki likes to participate in pretty much any outdoor activity; hiking, running, lacrosee, swimming, biking, you name it. She also loves just being able to relax on the couch with a good TV show. She also loves spending time with her family, especially her three brothers. Vinecki also works with the non-profit she started, Team Winter, to raise global awareness for the cancer that killed her father. 

 

Highlights

NORAM
1st, AE, Utah Olympic Park, USA, 2016
1st, AE, Val St. Come, CAN, 2016
2nd, AE, Utah Olympic Park, USA, 2016
1st, AE, Utah Olympic Park, USA, 2015

OTHER
2016 NorAm Grand Prix Champion