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News :: Education : Environment
Vegan, Vegetarian, and Fruitarian Athlete Champions
05 Jul 2012
Since National "Public" Radio, Yahoo Sports and the Telegraph on July 5th chose to make fun of a Chinese athlete ban on meat, here is a record of a tiny fraction of the world champion vegan and vegetarian athletes. That same day, NPR, owner of 200 million dollars in fast food stock correlated to human disease, animal agony, global heating, energy waste, and famine, chose to promote fish suffocation and strangulation twice.
Dave Scott, 6 time Ironman winner, vegan
http://sportinc.wordpress.com/2007/04/21/an-inspiration-dave-scott-6-tim/

Brendan Brazier, vegan ironman

Dick Gregory, fruitarian who ran 3000 miles on a fruit juice diet

Hank Aaron (home run champion in major league baseball) Source: A Teen's Guide to
Going Vegetarian

B J Armstrong (US Basketball star)

Al Beckles (body builder)

Sorya Bonali (ice skater)

Les Brown (veteran runner)

Peter Burwash (tennis)

Andreas Cahling (body builder)

Chris Campbell (1980 world champion wrestler)

Joanna Conway (ice skater)

Sylvia Cranston (triathlete)

Sally Eastall (Marathon runner - UK No 2, vegan)

Di Edwards (runner, Olympic semi-finalist)

Cory Everson (bodybuilder, Ms Olympia 6 times)

Katie Fitzgibbon (marathon runner)

Clare Francis (sailer)

Louis Freitas (body builder)

Carol Gould (marathon runner)

Estelle Gray (cyclist) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian

Sammy Green (runner)

Ruth Heidrich (3-time Ironman finisher, marathoner, age-group record holder, Pres.
Vegetarian Society of Honolulu) (vegan) Source: personal acquaintance, also...her
book--A Race for Life

Sally Hibberd (British Women's Mountain Bike Champion)

Sharon Hounsell (Miss Wales Bodybuilding Champion)

Desmond Howard (formerly w/Washington Redskins, now w/Jacksonville Jaguars)
Source: PETA mailer

Roger Hughes (Welsh National Ski Champion)

David Johnson (BAA coach)

Kathy Johnson (Olympic Gymnast)

Alan Jones (British ski jumper)

Billie Jean King (tennis champion) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian

Killer Kowalski (wrestler) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian

Jack LaLanne (Fitness guru) (vegan)

Donnie LaLonde (Former Light Heavyweight Champion of the World. (Lost title to
Sugar Ray Leonard)) Source: Article in San Jose Mercury News

Tony LaRussa (Manager of St. Louis Cardinals - US team) Source: PETA, Animals
Agenda, Animals Voice, Veg Times, others

Silken Laumann (Olympic rower) Source: Cooking Television Show

Judy Leden (British, European & World Hang Gliding champion)

Marv Levey (Buffalo Bills Coach)

Jutta Müller (multiple Windsurfing World Cup Champion) Source: Flutlicht 95/6/18 on
Südwest 3 (German TV program)

Jack Maitland (triathlete and fell runner)

Cheryl Marek (cyclist) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian

Leslie Marx (fencer;1996 woman's epee national champion)

Kirsty McDermott (runner)

Lindford McFarquar (body builder)

Robert Millar (cyclist)

Monika Montsho (weightlifter, 2 x runnerup GB Championships 60kg, NW woman
weightlifter of the year 1991)

Edwin Moses

Martina Navratilova (Retired Tennis Champion) Source: Magazine Interviews/Genesis
Awards

Paavo Nurmi

Bill Pearl (Bodybuilder, Mr America) Source: Getting Stronger by Bill Pearl, pg 399

Bill Pearl (Mr. Universe and bodybuilder) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian

Dennis Rodman (Basketball for Bulls) Source: Oprah, episode sometime in May, 1996

Dave Scott (five time winner of the Ironman Triathlon) (vegan) "The New Laurel's
Kitchen" cookbook

Debbie Spaeth-Herring (Georgia State power-lifter) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going
Vegetarian

Jonathon Speelman (chess)

Lucy Stephens (triathlete - vegan)

Kirsty Wade (runner)

Bill Walton (basketball player) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian

17,003 Consecutive Pushups: World Record Held By Vegetarian
US Marine Corps Captain Alan Jones of Quantico, Virginia was struck by polio when he was five years old. Now a vegetarian, Alan could be the fittest man on Earth by amassing a record of physical accomplishments unmatched by any human that ever lived. He holds the world record for continuous sit-ups (17,003 times). In a 15-months period, he accomplished possibly the most remarkable array of physical achievements ever attained by a human being:

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Lifted a 75-pound barbell over his head 1,600 times in 19 hours.
*

Made 3,800 basketball free throws in 12 hours, with 96 pc hit rate.
*

Swam 500 miles in 11 days, down a river to the ocean.
*

Skipped rope 43,000 times in 5 hours.
*

Skipped rope 100,000 times in 23 hours.
*

Swam 68 miles in a swimming pool without a sleeping break.
*

Swam half a mile in zero degree Celsius water without a wet suit.
*

Performed 51,000 sit-ups in 76 hours.

http://members.tripod.com/anatta0/L1-Geen-Diet.htm

Lone Gunman

Sports Personalities veggie.org Vegetarian Sports Personalities

* Hank Aaron (home run champion in major league baseball) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
* B J Armstrong (US Basketball star)
* Al Beckles (body builder)
* Sorya Bonali (ice skater)
* Les Brown (veteran runner)
* Peter Burwash (tennis)
* Andreas Cahling (body builder)
* Andreas Cahling (bodybuilder)
* Chris Campbell (1980 world champion wrestler)
* Joanna Conway (ice skater)
* Sylvia Cranston (triathlete)
* Sally Eastall (Marathon runner - UK No 2, vegan)
* Di Edwards (runner, Olympic semi-finalist)
* Katie Fitzgibbon (marathon runner)
* Clare Francis (sailer)
* Louis Freitas (body builder)
* Carol Gould (marathon runner)
* Estelle Gray (cyclist) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
* Sammy Green (runner)
* Ruth Heidrich (3-time Ironman finisher, marathoner, age-group record holder, Pres. Vegetarian Society of Honolulu) (vegan) Source: personal acquaintance, also...her book--A Race for Life
* Sally Hibberd (British Women's Mountain Bike Champion)
* Sharon Hounsell (Miss Wales Bodybuilding Champion)
* Desmond Howard (formerly w/Washington Redskins, now w/Jacksonville Jaguars) Source: PETA mailer
* Roger Hughes (Welsh National Ski Champion)
* David Johnson (BAA coach)
* Kathy Johnson (Olympic Gymnast)
* Alan Jones (British ski jumper)
* Billie Jean King (tennis champion) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
* Killer Kowalski (wrestler) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
* Jack LaLanne (Fitness guru) (vegan)
* Donnie LaLonde (Former Light Heavyweight Champion of the World. (Lost title to Sugar Ray Leonard)) Source: Article in San Jose Mercury News
* Tony LaRussa (Manager of St. Louis Cardinals - US team) Source: PETA, Animals Agenda, Animals Voice, Veg Times, others
* Silken Laumann (Olympic rower) Source: Cooking Television Show
* Judy Leden (British, European & World Hang Gliding champion)
* Marv Levey (Buffalo Bills Coach)
* Jutta Müller (multiple Windsurfing World Cup Champion) Source: Flutlicht 95/6/18 on Südwest 3 (German TV program)
* Jack Maitland (triathlete and fell runner)
* Cheryl Marek (cyclist) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
* Leslie Marx (fencer;1996 woman's epee national champion)
* Kirsty McDermott (runner)
* Lindford McFarquar (body builder)
* Robert Millar (cyclist)
* Katherine Monbiot (world champion arm wrestler and nutritionist) (vegan) Source: The Vegan Society UK
* Monika Montsho (weightlifter, 2 x runnerup GB Championships 60kg, NW woman weightlifter of the year 1991)
* Edwin Moses
* Martina Navratilova (Retired Tennis Champion) Source: Magazine Interviews/Genesis Awards
* Julie Ann Niewiek (Basketball commentator) Source: Grand Rapids press/ Image Magazine
* Paavo Nurmi
* Robert Parish (Center - Warriors, Celtics, Hornets, Bulls) Source: Hearsay
* Bill Pearl (Bodybuilder, Mr America) Source: Getting Stronger by Bill Pearl, pg 399
* Bill Pearl (Mr. Universe and bodybuilder) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
* Anthony Peeler (NBA Grizzlies basketball player) Source: NBA web site profiles
* Dave Scott (five time winner of the Ironman Triathlon) (vegan) "The New Laurel's Kitchen" cookbook
* Debbie Spaeth-Herring (Georgia State power-lifter) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
* Jonathon Speelman (chess)
* Lucy Stephens (triathlete - vegan)
* Jacques Vaughn (All American point guard, #1-ranked Univ of KS Jayhawks) Source: Lawrence (KS) Journal World (numerous editions)
* Kirsty Wade (runner)
* Bill Walton (basketball player) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian


VEGSPORTS this list is from http://groups.msn.com/cleveland
(and has not been checked against above lists to eliminate
duplication)


Austin Carr of the Cleveland Cavaliers.. one of 3 vegetarians on that
team
Johnny Weissmuller.. broke 6 world swimming records as vegetarian..
played Tarzan in the movies


Ruth Heidrich Six-time Ironwoman, USA track and field Master's champion http://www.pcrm.org

Carl Lewis, Olympic long jump twice http://www.meatout.org

Nicky Cole
First woman to walk to the North Pole http://www.mccruelty.com

Bill Walton.. Portland Trailblazers.. went to press conferences
with LOVE ANIMALS DON'T EAT THEM t shirts http://www.ivu.org/recipes

Cheryl Marek and Estelle Gray
World record holders, cross-country tandem cycling http://www.sierraclub.org http://www.egroups.com/messages/nomow108/1


Dick Gregory trained at the Univ of Il ran 3000 miles
across the USA on a fruitarian diet http://www.dickgregory.com http://spot.acorn.net/fruitarian

Surya Bonaly Olympic figure skating champion http://www.vegweb.com/food

Andreas Cahling.. world class weight lifter..
Swedish champion bodybuilder, Olympic gold medallist in the ski jump
http://groups.msn.com/toxicatkins/1.msnw

http://groups.msn.com/ar9/madcowlinks1.msnw 10,000 Mad Cow Mad Pig Mad Chicken mad Fish links

Debbie Lawrence World record holder, women's 5K racewalk

Alan Jones when captain in USMC did 17,003 consecutive
situps as a vegetarian.. at that time a world record

Ingra Manecki
World champion discus thrower

Johnny Weissmuller.. Tarzan movie star.. broke 6 world
swimming records as a vegetarian

Martina Navratilova
Champion tennis player

Dr Irving Fisher at Yale found that randomly selected
vegetarians could hold their arms at length 9 times
longer than Yale football players* http://www.neavs.org

Jane Wetzel
U.S. National marathon champion

Ridgely Abele Winner of eight national championships in karate

Charlene Wong Williams
Olympic champion figure skater

Peter Burwash Davis Cup winner and professional tennis star
(once lost a tournament because he would not step on a column of ants
which had entered the courtyard)

Peace Pilgrim vowed to walk til humankind found peace.. not to
eat less offered food.. for the next four decades she
walked 8 times across the USA as a vegan http://www.nonviolence.org

Chris Campbell
Olympic wrestling champion

Keith Holmes
World-champion middleweight boxer

Desmond Howard
Professional football star, Heisman trophy winner

Peter Hussing
European super heavy-weight boxing champion

Sixto Linares
World record holder, 24-hour triathlon

Bill Manetti
Power-lifting champion

Ben Matthews
U.S. Master's marathon champion

Dan Millman
World champion gymnast

Martina Navratilova
Champion tennis player

Paavo Nurmi
Long-distance runner, winner of nine Olympic medals and 20 world records

Bill Pearl
Four-time Mr. Universe

Bill Pickering
World record-holding swimmer

Stan Price
World weightlifting record holder, bench press

Murray Rose
Swimmer, winner of many Olympic gold medals and world records




Art Still
Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs MVP defensive end, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame

Goose Gossage of San Diego Padres.. was in past suspended
for saying McDonald's cheeseburgers poisoned the world


Part excerpted from The Food Revolution, by John Robbins, published by Camaro Press. John Robbins, vegan Baskin Robbins heir



*not an endorsement of Yale endowment invested in earth
abusers, nor of their primate and other animal abuse


Austrian vegetarian
http://www.ivu.org/history/europe20a/rath.html
http://famousveggie.com/
See also:
http://famousveggie.com
http://ivu.org

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