Champion cyclist Lizzie Armitstead brought home Great Britain’s first medal of this summer’s Olympic Games. She is the latest in a string of elite athletes who are proving that meat-free diets are a winning formula. She won silver in the punishing 87-mile road cycling race.
A dedicated vegetarian, Lizzie says that she stopped eating meat 13 years ago (at age 10) because, “I could never get my head around eating a corpse.” She added that she would have done it sooner but, “My parents used to force me to eat everything on my plate until I was about ten.”
Lizzie put her compassion into action and never looked back. She is an inspiration to those who believe that doing and being our best includes caring about the meekest among us.
Keep your eyes open for more meat-free athletes crossing the finish lines and making headline news.
Read about other meat-free Olympic athletes in this article at The Guardian.