Vegan and Vegetarian Athletes
We’ve all heard stereotypes about vegans being 98-pound weaklings and athletes needing meat in order to maintain their strength. Germany’s Strongest Man titleholder Patrik Baboumian(pictured at left), endurance racer Paul Chetirkin, and track-and-field champion and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis prove the aforesaid claims are nothing but mindless prejudices and outright lies.
Many other noteworthy veg athletes have proven that broccoli is mightier than meat, too. Brendan Brazier (professional Ironman triathlete and author of three books on vegan nutrition and vegan fitness training for athletes), ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, mixed martial artist James Wilks, ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll, John Salley (4 NBA titles), Bill Pearl (4-time Mr. Universe), Roy Hilligenn(1951 Mr. America), Keith Holmes (world middleweight boxing champion), Dom Repta (ultramarathoner who ran 100 miles in 20 hours), Serena Williams (14 Tennis Grand Slam Titles), Venus Williams (5 Tennis Grand Slam titles), Martina Navratilova (18 Tennis Grand Slam Titles), Andy Lally (NASCAR, Grand Am Rolex Series, Streetluge), Leilani Münter (race car driver), Pam Boteler(sprint canoeist who won medals at PanAm and U.S championships competing against men!), Chris Campbell (1981 wrestling world gold medalist), Neil Whyte (Swiss Ball world record holder) and Killer Kowalski(entertainment wrestler). Be sure to check out the websites OrganicAthlete and Great Vegan Athletes as well.
For information on vegan bodybuilding, take some tips from Joel Kirkilis (pictured below at left), Billy Simmonds, Noah Hannibal, and others, and visit Melbourne Vegan Strength. By the way, you might think that aging bodybuilders can’t learn new tricks. But you’d be wrong. Born in 1935, Jim Morris began lifting weights when he was 19, turned vegetarian at 50, and became vegan at 65. He has been ripped his entire career. The right-hand photo below shows Morris in his 70s! (From the Website: http://www.adaptt.org/athletes.html)