Carl Lewis, winner of 9 Olympic Gold Medals, is Vegan

As always, you can watch this week’s Vegan Quote of the Week episode on YouTube 🙂

Carl Lewis has won a total of 9 gold medals in the Olympics: two in 100 m, two in 200 m, two in 4 x 100 m, and four in long jump. He is the only man who has won gold in long jump in four consecutive events.

Carl Lewis, winner of 9 Olympic gold medals, has said,

“I’ve found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.”

I was a bit surprised to hear this: why doesn’t more of the general public know that there are so many vegan athletes? Why do we think we need meat for protein when there are athletes literally competing in the Olympics on vegan diets? Not only that, but their performance increases as they switch to a vegan diet!

If an Olympic-level athlete can get enough protein from plants, do you think the general public can too?

I sometimes hear the argument that protein from animal products is superior. Not even considering the validity of that claim, if this was true, does that justify eating animal products for you? As someone part of the general public who isn’t a professional athlete, would a hypothetical slight edge in your athletic ability justify using animal products?

If your answer is still yes, what do you think about more athletes, including NFL players, switching to vegan diets?

You don’t need animal products to set all-time US weightlifting records: Kendrick Farris

Welcome, or welcome back to my new Vegan Quote of the Week series! This week, we’ll take a look at something that was said by Kendrick Farris, American Olympic Weightlifter. Kendrick Farris has been on a vegan diet since 2014, and he has set all-time U.S. records since then, including a snatch and clean and jerk total of 831 lbs (377 kg). Here is this week’s Vegan Quote of the Week!

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American Olympic Weightlifter, Kendrick Farris, has said,

“I don’t agree with the way the animals are mass-slaughtered… I don’t necessarily trust the way the food is being processed.”

I love this thinking instead of blind acceptance, this questioning of what the societal norm is, and the realization that you can align your actions with your beliefs. In addition to his brilliant thinking and bold decisions, these feats are being done by an Olympic level athlete. His past records before he became vegan were in the 85 kg weight class. Since going vegan in 2014, he has gone up a weight class, and he’s now set new records in the 94 kg weight class, adding over 30 lbs to his Olympic lifts.

The old myth that you need meat to grow muscle and get strong is long dead. Not only that, but we saw in last week’s Vegan Quote of the Week that it might not be healthy for us to be eating meat: if you haven’t seen it already, take a look at what Dr. Kim Williams, former president of the American College of Cardiology, has to say on the topic.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by, and take care!

More on Kendrick Farris and his records here:


“America’s Strongest Weightlifter, Kendrick Farris, Is 100% Vegan”: