Meet Mary Wineberg, an American track and Field Olympian who is quickly making a name for herself at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.
After an excruciating week of waiting for her turn on the field, Mary Wineberg ran her first race on Saturday morning. She came in 15th with a 51.46, in the 400- meter run and advanced to the semifinals. Her time was .46 off the top eight in time. The top eight in Sunday’s race will go on to the finals on Tuesday.
Even if she doesn’t get a medal in the 400-meter, she still has a chance for gold as part of the USA’s 4×400 relay team, which is favored to win gold.
Mary is sponsored by Home Depot. She is part of the Home Depot Olympic Job Opportunities program. She is able to work for them part time and they accommodate her Olympic schedule.
Mary Danner was born on January 3, 1980 in Brooklyn, New York. She is the daughter of Athens Danner. She began racing as young as four and even then preferred to compete against the boys. She got her first trophy at that age in a race in Brooklyn. She moved to Cincinnati, Ohio when she was 5-years-old. She went to Walnut Hills High School and then to the University of Cincinnati where she continued running.
She met her husband, Chris Wineberg, at the University of Cincinnati where both of them were on the track team. She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Education with an emphasis on Health Promotions and Exercise Physiology.
She married Chris on August 5, 2006. He is an Assistant Sprint coach for the University of Cincinnati and is also her coach.
Mary is ranked eighth in the world.