Winter Lee Vinecki was born on December 18, 1998 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She grew up in Gaylord, Michigan and Salem, Oregon and now trains in Park City, Utah.
After losing her Dad at the age of 9 to an aggressive form of prostate cancer, she formed TeamWinter.org a 501 (c) (3) non-profit to raise money for prostate cancer research & awareness. She has raised over $500,000 toward that effort and counting.
Winter began racing triathlons at the age of 5 and completed her first Olympic triathlons at 9. She went on to become the Ironkids National Champion for 2010 & 2011 and spent three years as the official ambassador of the sport.
Winter was also the 2011 recipient of the Annika Inspiration Award. At age 12, Winter was invited to an aerial skiing camp by two-time Olympian, Emily Cook. After completing the week long camp, Winter moved to Park City, UT to train and compete for the next three years on the Fly Freestyle elite development team. During that time, she set a world record by becoming the youngest person to run a marathon on all seven continents, the youngest person to run 26.2 miles on Antarctica and the first mother/daughter duo to run a marathon on all seven continents.
Winter was first named to the US Ski Team in 2016 after winning the North American Tour. She is now going on her eighth year on the US Ski Team and has garnered results such as gold medals at the 2023 Changchun World Cup, 2024 Deer Valley World Cup and 2024 Canada World Cup. After Beijing 2022, she also became the first "Winter" to compete in the Winter Olympics!
All the while, Winter graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 2021 with a major in Business Administration and a minor in nutrition. She now attends St. Mary's University School of Law in pursuit of her J.D. She is also a seasoned public speaker and speaks to thousands every year at conferences, schools, sports teams, corporate events and more.