To compete in the Olympic Games, athletes must be at their peak physical performance – and Russian bobsledder Alexey Voyevoda and Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel are proving that powerhouse plant-based foods are the way to gain energy, recover quickly, and win medals!
Meagan Duhamel, competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, won a silver medal in team figure skating while fueling her body with largely whole, plant-based foods (though she also enjoys nachos, cupcakes and cookies – clearly, vegans can have their cake and eat it too!).
While clearly enjoying the health benefits, Meagan initially became vegan for ethical reasons: “I’m a very compassionate person so hearing about animal abuse kind of triggered something in me that maybe I should try it.” Most admirably, even after earning many medals in her career, Meagan states that “One of my proudest accomplishments has been going vegan.”
Meagan has not been the only vegan athlete to come out on top in Sochi. Alexey Voyevoda just took home a gold medal for bobsledding. He credits his vegan diet for his win, declaring that it makes him feel “lighter” and “clearer.”
A former arm-wrestling champion, Alexey’s strong build provides all the evidence we need to show that plants pack plenty of punch when it comes to protein! Voyevoda, a vegan for more than three years, stated that, “At first, I approached it from a scientific standpoint. However, I then came to have some ethical views about this diet. I love happy, living animals!”
Feeling inspired? Try these winning recipes for a plant-based, post-workout meal!