Regardless of the challenge, Martina Navratilova has never been just a winner.
She dominates her opponents.
She did it routinely over the span of her 32-year professional career, winning 167 singles and 177 doubles titles, spending 332 weeks at No. 1 and taking 18 Grand Slam singles titles, including nine at Wimbledon.
This past February, Navratilova revealed she had a non-invasive form of breast cancer.
After undergoing a biopsy and lumpectomy, she immediately started radiation therapy. She didn’t let the disease or its treatment run her life, continuing to do commentary for the Tennis Channel on the French Open while undergoing therapy in Paris.
Earlier this week, the legendary player announced herself cancer-free, and turned her focus squarely on her biggest physical target to date - Mount Kilimanjaro.
With its peak at 19,336 feet (5,895 m), Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent. Before she was even diagnosed with cancer, Navratilova, a member of the signed on with the foundation to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Other celebrity athletes involved on the climb include South African mountaineer Deshun Deysul, German Paralympic cyclist Michael Teuber and British mountaineer Anabelle Bond.
The climb will take place Dec. 3-14.
The mission of the Laureus Foundation is to utilize the power of sport to address social challenges through a global program of sports-related community development activities.
To learn more about the climb or to contribute to the cause, visit Navratilova’s web site.