PLANT-BASED Athletes

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Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis

9 Olympic gold medals, 1 Olympic silver medal & 10 World Championships medals (inc 8 gold). He is 1/3 Olympic athletes who won a gold medal in the same individual event in 4 consecutive Olympic Games. World Records: 100m, 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m & indoor long jump (still standing). One of the longest undefeated sport’s streaks: 65 consecutive wins in long jump for 10 years. Voted "World Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations. (vegan)

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Rich Roll
Rich Roll

"I used to be an unhealthy corporate lawyer. At 40 I decided to change my life. I switched to a 100% plant-based diet, lost 50 pounds and started exploring human potential in the worlds of ultra-endurance, wellness, mindfulness and spirituality. Now 51, I travel the world sharing what I have learned in talks, books, and on my podcast. I'm also a dad to 4 kids & live in Malibu, California." *click to view his website* (vegan)

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Heather Mills
Heather Mills

Multiple world record holder, and winner of 4 Golds at the 2012 US Adaptive Alpine Skiing National Championships. “My plan is to improve the world with Veganism and that includes showing that healthy Vegans can be the best in sport.” (professional skier / vegan)

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Alexander Dargatz
Alexander Dargatz

Winner of the World Champion Fitness title with WFF (World Fitness Federation). "My power has increased since becoming vegan, especially my endurance, and I almost never get ill anymore." “One popular wrong notion is that vegans are frail and skinny. My power has increased since becoming vegan, especially my endurance, and I almost never get ill anymore. It’s true that I lost some pounds, but to most people that would mean no harm.” (professional bodybuilder / vegan)

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James Southwood
James Southwood

Expert instructor, champion fighter in Savate. Savate is a martial arts that combines English boxing and French kicking. Achievements: multiple Great British Champion, 2011 World Bronze medallist, former European Vice-Champion, and 2014 World Champion. “It is very rare for someone in my sport to question my diet. My fitness and physique speak for themselves. Occasionally it will pique someone, but I leave them to their own troubles with it.” (professional Savate instructor / vegan)

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Austin Aries
Austin Aries

1/5 wrestlers to ever win the triple crown, TNA World Heavyweight Champion and Grand Champion, Impact World Champion. “I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables such as bananas, blueberries, oranges, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, broccoli, avocados and tomatoes. For my protein I eat tempeh, lentils, beans and vegan protein powders. I also enjoy quinoa, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecan meal, almonds, peanut butter and coconut oil.” (Professional wrestler / vegan)

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Scott Jurek
Scott Jurek

3-time Millwok 100k winner, 2-time winner of the Spartathon (246k!), 7-time winner of Western States 100 mile endurance run, 4-time winner of Leona Divide 50-mile, 24-time ultra marathon winner between 77km & 246km. Set 10 ultramarathon course records, set the American 24-hr record with a 165.7 mile run, second set for the 2189 mile Appalachian Trail! Named as one of the top runners of the decade 2000-2009, Ultra-Runner of the Year 3 times in Ultrarunning Magazine. Vegan since 1997!

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Barny Du Plessis
Barny Du Plessis

Winner of Mr Universe 2014. He has competed in 55 shows in 20 years, winning multiple national and international bodybuilding titles, and was 40 years old when he took home the Mr Universe title (after his 3rd attempt). ‘However thanks to turning vegan I have just as much strength & power as before– but I have less fat, & greater lean muscle mass, plus better energy & endurance. My recovery is much better & I feel excellent all the time." (pro body builder / vegan)

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Keith Holmes
Keith Holmes

At age 20, his pro career began. He captured the WBC Middleweight Title by scoring a TKO over Quincy Taylor. His record: 41 wins out of 46 matches, and scored 25 knock outs. He suffered none. "It's helped me to eat healthy. It helps me get my wind quicker between rounds. It'll help me win the title." (pro boxer / vegan)

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Claire ‘Fury’ Foreman
Claire ‘Fury’ Foreman

Victoria and Australia Bantamweight champion, leading national fighter and international competitor. "I researched successful plant based athletes and found that it could speed up my recovery, help me gain lean muscle gain and improve my overall health." (Muay Thai martial artist / vegan)

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Patrik Baboumian
Patrik Baboumian

He won the IFBB German junior bodybuilding championship (1999), and became the overall junior champion at the Gießen Campions-Cup. He currently holds the world log lift record in the 105k-category (165 kg), as well as the German heavyweight loglift record (180 kg) and the title of "Strongest Man of Germany" (105 kg division). "The most powerful animals are herbivores. The gorillas, buffalos, elephants, and now me." (vegan)

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Cam F. Awesome
Cam F. Awesome

An American amateur boxer best known for winning the US title in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014 and the Golden Gloves in 2009, 2011 and 2013 at super heavyweight. Awesome is the U.S. National Team Captain and is also the Athlete Director on USA Boxing Board of Directors. "Since being plant based, I am 23-0, winning 3 International Golds and 2 National tournaments and can thank my new lifestyle." (Professional Boxer / vegan)

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Mac Danzig
Mac Danzig

UFC 6 winner, 5 time winner of the King of The Cage Lightweight Championship, and has won 21 out of 34 fights (with 15 stoppages). "I realised how absurd the notion of ‘needing’ meat in the diet was. From that point on, I never looked back… View it as a positive change and look forward to all the new amazing, healthy and delicious foods you can eat." (MMA fighter / vegan)

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Karl Bruder
Karl Bruder

Karl won 1st Place in his category, Tall Men up to 180cm, in the 2016 WABBA Amateur Grand Prix. He has also won 6th place at the Mr Universe, and 4th at the PCA Physical Culture. "I have put on 6kg since I have been vegan in 20 months. I never achieved this amount of muscle prior to being vegan in 6 years in competitive bodybuilding. So when someone says you built most of your muscle on animal based products I tell them I have made a lot more progress and faster on a plant based diet."

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Georgi Karakhanyan
Georgi Karakhanyan

Russian-born Armenian-American professional MMA fighter since 2006. He is a former WSOF Featherweight Champion, and has competed in the Featherweight division of Bellator MMA, World Series of Fighting, DREAM, Tachi Palace Fights, and King of the Cage. "People are always like, ‘What about the protein?’ I’ve never been big into protein. Instead of protein shakes, I do a lot of organic juice. I’m a healthy vegetarian." (pro MMA fighter / vegetarian)

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David Meyer
David Meyer

He has won 7 World Championship Gold medals, 4 American National Golds medals, 3 Golds in the US Open Championships and 2 Pan American Golds. The first American to win a Black Belt competition in Brazil, and to win a medal at Black Belt at a BJJ World Championship. "My motivation is entirely to not harm animals. I have experienced that it’s an extremely healthy way to eat, it gives me more energy, it’s better for the environment. I’m morally committed to not harming animals." (vegan)

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Bruno Carvalho
Bruno Carvalho

Known as BJJ royalty, he has won multiple, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, MMA, submission grappling, Muay Thai, boxing and wrestling competitions. They can all be read here: http://tqmmathailand.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-bjj-bruno-carvalho/ "I care the most about health and performance… But of course I’m an animal lover and having watched many vegan videos and movies, I just can’t be contributing to violence against animals. We must respect all kinds of life!" (profession martial artist / vegan)

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Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz

American professional MMA fighter competing in the lightweight division. Achievements: Winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5, highest UFC Pay Per View buy with UFC 202. "If anything, meat’s gonna slow you down”. “I think you’re a smarter and more intelligent fighter. Me and my brother (Nick) are at the top of the game and have been for a long time. We’re obviously doing something right. Besides knowing how to kick somebody in the head, you should know how to feel good tmrw." (vegan)

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Colleen Schneider
Colleen Schneider

On August 13, 2010, she made her debut in the MMA world. Out of 19 fights, she's won 11 (4 via knock out). Achievements: FILA Submission Grappling 2014 World Championships, SFL Super Fight League World Women’s Bantamweight 2014 Champion, and SFL Super Fight League World Women’s Flyweight 2013 Champion. (professional MMA fighter / vegan)

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James Lightning Wilks
James Lightning Wilks

2009 winner of the UFC9 Welterweight title. Both instructor and black belt in TaeKwonDo, Assistant Instructor in Japanese Jui Jitsu and instructor in the British Combat Association. "Plant-based foods are inherently loaded with antioxidants too, which aid athletes in recovery. If someone wants to be the best athlete they can be they need to fuel their body with the best diet available and that is a whole food, plant-based diet. Period!” (professional MMA fighter / vegan)

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​Anthony Mullaly
​Anthony Mullaly

At 114 kg & 6ft 5" Anthony is one of the tallest & heaviest players in England! He currently plays for the Leeds Rhinos in the European Super League, and played for Ireland in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, Anthony. "I now get my main sources of protein in things like lentils, black beans, kidney beans, tofu, soy chunks, Quorn (although I try to limit the amount of this source), eggs, quinoa, nuts, many varieties of seeds." (professional rugby player / vegetarian)

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