10 Women on the Rise
Distinction: Laurel (left, with Rebeccah, right) is the first cancer survivor (diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at 23) to compete professionally as a triathlete. She was named 2008 Rookie of the Year by USA Triathlon.
What do you hope to accomplish over the next ten years? To qualify for the 2012 Olympic trials.
Describe yourself in one word. Unconventional.
Do you have a mantra? "Fight." In a race last year, I wrote it on a piece of tape and put it on my handlebars. It reminded me what I was doing out there.
Any regrets? No. The only way to get through life is to keep looking forward.
How would you like to be remembered? As a survivor and an inspiration.
Designer: Cushnie Et Ochs.
2. Rebeccah Wassner, 34
Distinction: Her success as a triathlete pushed her twin sister to start racing. With 17 victories to date, her next goal is to win a world championship and qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
What do you hope to accomplish over the next ten years? To improve the lives of young adults with cancer. My sister and I are starting a scholarship fund with some of our prize money.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I'd like to be able to sit still long enough to watch a movie. It sounds silly, but I always have to be doing something.
Do you have a mantra? "One foot in front of the other."
Designer: Erin Wasson for RVCA.
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