World-Record Horseshoe Pitcher Helps State Tournament
Vicki Winston watches from the window, but it's nothing she hasn't seen many times before. She played in her first world competition when she was 14 years old a mere 53 years ago.
"It's been a part of my life ever since I was even before I started pitching my father was, you know, always going to tournaments," Winston said. "And it's just, it's been a part of my life."
She's won ten world championship, putting her in the Guinness Book of World Records and making her the first woman inducted into the national hall of fame.
"She was king of the hill for several years. I should say queen of the hill," said Jim Bainter of the Missouri Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
A queen that did a lot for the sport in Missouri.
"When I came here in 1960 I was the only woman member of the association," Winston said.
Now there's anywhere from 100 to 200 women members in the state.
"She's been great for the sport, she's been great for the state of Missouri," said Bainter.
Even though Winston's days in the arena are over, she's doing what she can to stay involved.
She's secretary treasurer of the association, and is part of the planning team for this year's state championship.
"It's still nice to be involved even though I can't actually get out and compete," Winston explained.
This year marked the 81st annual state championship tournament.