With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio fast approaching, it is interesting to hear all of the news stories about the state of this Brazilian seaside city and its ability (or possible inability) to properly house such a large sporting event. From ethical concerns pertaining to personal safety in the city to health concerns to all the hubbub surrounding whether or not Russian Olympians will be allowed to participate due to a doping scandal, it really puts a dent on the Olympics this year, which should really be a time for people of the world to come together to participate, and more likely, if your like me, just observe some of the top athletic competitors around the world together in one central location.
With the Summer Olympic Games, set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5-21st, fastly approaching; I thought an interesting piece for today could be to discuss some Olympic athletes who are vegan. In fact, when you search the phrase "vegan Olympians" into Google, one of the first results you see is simply a question: "Is it possible for an Olympic athlete to be vegan?" Of course, the answer to this is an astounding "yes." With that said, we can acknowledge that vegans definitely make up a growing minority within the Olympic games.
I see the Olympics as an opportunity to open up discussion about this important topic, considering people from around the world are literally watching the sports unfold. In fact, I can imagine no greater opportunity to spread the message of living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle than this. To see vegan athletes perform within the top 1% of athletes across the world is incredible, and proves to be a testament that the food we eat can truly nourish our bodies.