Vegetarians at the Olympics!

6 Aug

I love watching the Olympics, especially the summer Olympics! I like following the athletes and getting behind a team. I love watching people accomplish what I would have previously considered super human feats of strength and endurance.

This year I also love how vegetarian athletes are blowing meat-free myths out of the water. I don’t want to hear that vegetarians aren’t strong, can’t build muscle, or don’t get enough protein!

Vegetarians are performing well at the Olympics and have been for a while. I read up on some famous vegetarian/vegan Olympians online. Here are a few of my favorites from the 2012 games and past games.

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Lizzie Armitstead won Britain’s first metal of the 2012 games for her performance in the cycling road race.

She has been a vegetarian since age 10.

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Dylan Wykes is a 2012 Canadian long-distance runner.

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Known as the ‘Seaweed Streak’ because of his vegan diet, Australian swimmer,

Murray Rose won four Olympic gold medals in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.

He was a vegan from from childhood.

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Bode Miller has won five Olympic medals, including gold in Vancouver in 2010.

He was raised as a vegetarian on an organic farm in New Hampshire.

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Carl Lewis, American track and field athlete,

won 10 Olympic medals, 9 of them gold. Vegan since 1990

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Ronda Rousey was the first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo in 2008. Vegan.

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Hannah Teter is a vegetarian and also a gold and silver Olympic medalist for snowboarding.

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Credit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/jul/30/lizzie-armitstead-vegetarian-athletes-olympics-2012?newsfeed=true

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/jul/30/lizzie-armitstead-vegetarian-athletes-olympics-2012?newsfeed=true

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