Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, AJ Baucco spent his youth playing a variety of sports. During high school he focused his talents on music, playing drums for the punk band Chaotic Alliance. In 2009, AJ graduated with a degree in mathematics and his teaching license. It was at this point that AJ decided to pursue his athletic ambitions and go professional. In his first year as a pro, AJ racked up several top 10 finishes which led to him being named the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Rookie of the Year. Since then, AJ decided to partner up with QT2 Systems and train under the guidance of Jesse Kropelnicki. XX2i is proud to sponsor AJ and is committed to his growth as a world class athlete.
Joining her local swim team at just 8 years old and finishing her first triathlon by 13, Cait Snow has been a lifelong athlete. In high school she captained both the swim and track teams, winning multiple age-group awards. In college, the ferocity of her competitive nature took hold and launched her into several years of collegiate and ITU-format competitions. After taking the 2006 season off for a torn ACL and meniscus, Cait made a comeback by winning the 2007 Hyannis Half Marathon (1:26:19), Cohasset 10K (36:13), Sudbury Sprint, Mooseman Half Iron, and Timberman Sprint, and competing in her first Ironman. XX2i is honored to support Cait as she continues to push herself on every run, every triathlon, and in everyday life.
Winter Vinecki founded Team Winter, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, at the age of 9 after losing her 40 year old dad to prostate cancer. Having helped raise close to $400,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness, she has athletes young and old racing around the world for Team Winter.
A competitive skier, runner and triathlete since age five, Winter is a two-time Ironkids Triathlon National Champion. She is the newest and youngest member to Fly Elite, an Olympic development team for aerial skiing. After just one season in aerials, Winter was one of four U.S. aerialists selected to the 2013 World Jr. Freestyle Team. Winter trains in Park City, UT and is an Olympic hopeful for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In March 2013, as part of her World Marathon Tour, Winter set a world record for the youngest person to complete a marathon in Antarctica. She has completed marathons on three continents and will complete all seven continents by this fall, making her the youngest person to ever do so. Winter’s achievements are driven by not only honoring her dad, but also the 1 in 6 men affected by prostate cancer.
XX2i Optics stands behind Winter and her mission to raise awareness and research funds for prostate cancer – as well as her goal to push herself as an outstanding athlete and source of inspiration.