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How an 11-Year-Old Triathlete Gives Wins to Others

By Jerry Barca, Forbes, 12/19/18, 12:00PM CST

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After she finishes, Gracie is the girl who heads back to the finish line to cheer on the rest of the field.

When 11-year-old Gracie Lindaman walked into the girl's room on the 10th-floor of a Houston children's hospital, she had no idea the impact she was about to have. Gracie couldn't have known how the words attached to a medal would make a difference for the girl. Lindaman still might not know. After the visit, she went back home to Ankeny, Iowa, about 1,000 miles away from Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

At home, she went back to her school-day routine. She wakes at 7 a.m., eats, dresses and styles her hair. She arrives at Parkview Middle School with her mother, who is a teacher there, before the 8:30 bell rings. Gracie loves to read realistic fiction by Peg Kehret, especially Stolen Children andAbduction. She watches cooking shows.