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?