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.


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.


Dylan Wykes is a 2012 Canadian long-distance runner.


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.


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.


Carl Lewis, American track and field athlete,

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


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


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




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