From weightlifting to basketball and long-distance running, more and more athletes are proving that a vegan diet fuels success. Here is a list of ten vegan athletes who’ve made significant strides on and off the playing field.
1. Scott Jurek
First on the list is Scott Jurek. Scott is an ultrarunner and credits his vegan diet for his endurance, recovery, and incredible twenty-year racing career. He is a New York Times best-selling author and through writing, public speaking and consulting helps people of all fitness levels take the next step towards vibrant health.
2. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is a world champion race car driver who has also founded his own chain of vegan fast-food restaurants called Neat Burger. Neat Burger will soon be opening its first location in the United States. Hamilton uses his social media presence to encourage his fans to go vegan and he has invested in the vegan tech company NotCo.
3. Patrik Boboumian
Patrik Baboumian is one of the world’s strongest men and was featured in the movie The Game Changers for his elite strength. He has recently been working on the release of an animal rights-themed comic book called Earthraiser: Voice of the Voiceless.
4. Venus Williams
Tennis player Venus Williams went vegan in 2011 after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome. Venus credits a plant-based diet for helping her maintain energy and reduce inflammation. She launched her own plant-based protein brand called Happy Viking to give other people the opportunity to be healthy, and feel good
5. Tia Blano
Tia Blanco is a professional surfer who won gold at the International Surfing Association Open in 2015. She’s an ambassador of Beyond Meat and shares vegan recipes on her Instagram page @tiasvegankitchen.
6. Chris Paul
Chris Paul is a professional basketball player who switched to a vegan diet in 2019. Chris credits veganism for his return to the NBA All-star game for the first time in four seasons. He’s a co-creator of the Social Change Fund, a non-profit that has partnered with Beyond Meat, which aims to fight disparities in the Black community.
7. Steph Davis
Steph Davis is an American rock climber who also shares vegan recipes on her website. Steph chose to go vegan because it helped make her feel better and perform better. She is also a writer and speaker and her talks cover a variety of themes including plant-based power, change and transformation, and risk and resilience.
8. Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan is a soccer star and team member of the USA National Team. She became a vegan for ethical reasons and found it beneficial for reduced fatigue and faster recovery. Her main reason for going vegan is that “it didn’t feel fair to have a dog I adore, and yet eat meat all the time.”
9. Elijah Hall
Elijah Hall is an American sprinter who holds the record for the indoor 200-meter event. He went vegan after reading about other athletes who made the switch and have extended their careers and says a vegan diet has “provided him with more energy, better sleep, and an overall feeling of being lighter on his feet.”
10. Dotsie Bausch
Dotsie Bausch is a pro cyclist and was featured in The Game Changers documentary. She is the founder of Switch4Good, an organization that raises awareness of the impact of the dairy industry on human health, the environment, and animal wellbeing.
Whether for increased energy, reduced inflammation, or ethical reasons more athletes are adopting a vegan diet than ever before. These sporting stars are contributing their peak performances to veganism. These incredible athletes are also writers, speakers, bloggers, activists, and creators. Athletes from every sport continue to use their voices to help their fellow athletes improve performance and reduce the abuse of animals in factory farming.