Cheers to Our 2013 Athletes!

Over the years we’ve been honored to share the stories of remarkable women with you, and 2013 was no different. From a world record and triumph over a personal goal, to experiencing a goal slip through your fingers; these women have shared victory, heartbreak and, of course, great workouts.

Here’s a look back at the 2013 athletes featured here on the Chi Blog and some of their most popular posts…

Sandy Sanders
Sandy Sanders, triathlete, mud runner and avid fitness enthusiast. Read her most popular post »
Winter Vinecki
Winter Vinecki, youngest person to run a marathon on every continent. Read her most popular post »
Elaine Howley, cold water and long-distance open water swimmer. Read her most popular post »
Tao Porchon-Lynch
Tao Porchon-Lynch, world's oldest yoga teacher at 95 years young. Read her most popular post »
Sadie Chanlett-Avery
Sadie Chanlett-Avery, yoga instructor and holistic fitness trainer. Read her most popular post »
Karen Mirlenbrink
Karen Mirlenbrink, paddlesports enthusiast and Pilates teacher. Read her most popular post »
Ilona Barash
Ilona Barash, physician, climber and runner. Read her most popular post »
Terri Schneider
Terri Schneider, triathlete, adventure racer, mountaineer, and ultra runner. Read her most popular post »
Liz Durning
Liz During, 4th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate. Read her most popular post »
Julia Zammito
Julia Zammito, certified fitness trainer and boot camp instructor. Read her most popular post »

We’d also like to give a shout-out to all the athletes sponsored by Athleta stores. Throughout the year they’ve shared their expertise and inspiration in the local communities, and we’re grateful that some of them also contributed to the blog. Thank you to Kelley Heye (San Francisco, CA), Christine Chen (Upper West Side, NYC), Maria Finnegan (Durham, NC), April Doherty (Towson, MD), and Jenna Zaffino (Chicago, IL).

What were some of your favorite posts in 2013? If you attended any of the free fitness events hosted by store athletes, tell us what you loved. Share in the comments below, and send these ladies off with roar of THANKS for exemplifying Power to the She.

INTERESTED IN OUR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMS? We’re gearing up to unveil some exciting changes and new programs for 2014. Head to your local store to connect with the team and chat about how you might work together, and check back here in the coming months for more info.


  1. Lori W says:

    Loved all of Winter’s posts. A very talented and lovely girl!

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  2. Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of this amazing program. I have grown so much! Athleta, you’re so supportive and really embody POWER TO THE SHE. Times Square Summer Solstice emceeing was a highlight for me! Much gratitude – Christine Chen (Upper West Side)

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  3. Trailmomma says:

    Let me just say, first and foremost, thank you. Thank you for all the posts seen here on AthletaChi. I look forward to them popping up in my inbox.

    As a fitness enthusiast, ultra runner and mother of two little girls, I love seeing women on here succeeding, celebrating and sometimes, even being humbled.

    I look forward to your 2014 Athletes and all their stories. I sincerely hope to some day be one of them. I love to motivate everyday women, who have full time jobs, families and aspirations to get outside and be active.

    I may not be a fitness professional, but I do consider myself a professional mom athlete. Sometimes more challenging than one might think, is doing laundry, making healthy dinners, working in a corporate environment while simultaneously training for 50K and a 50 Mile trail race. #powertotheshe ladies!

    Thank you Athleta and thank you 2013 Athletes!

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  4. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for a diverse and talented group of women to read about over the year. I appreciate that Athleta recognizes so many different types of athletes. It is very enjoyable to learn about so many things that I would not have normally sought out.

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  5. Jenny Campbell says:

    Thank you Athleta! I loved being part of the family, it made 2013 an amazing year for me! And thanks to all of the athletes that contributed to the Chi blog, you continue to inspire me! — Jenny Campbell (Santa Clara)

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  6. Thank YOU Athleta and the ladies at the King Of Prussia Store in PA for all the amazing support! It was a great year for me and was such a pleasure to be a part of the fun at Athleta!!

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