Our campaign is led by Olympian Dotsie Bausch, with the help of fellow plant-based Olympic athletes, who have incredible stories about making the switch – for good – from dairy to a plant-based lifestyle. Hear more about their journeys in the videos below.
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An Olympic silver medalist from the 2012 London Games, 8-time U.S. National Champion, former world record holder and two-time Pan American gold medal winner, Dotsie Bausch has transitioned in full stride from professional athlete to influential advocate. She is a leading voice in sports technology, health and wellness. In fact, Choose Veg recently named Bausch one of the "20 Badass Veg Women Who Are Making History."
In 2012, Bausch realized her dream of becoming an Olympian by competing on the track at the London Games where she won a silver medal in the team pursuit, a first for the United States. Bausch's hard-fought journey to the Olympic Games is shared in the documentary film "Personal Gold" (www.personal-gold.com), which follows four underdog women who became America's hope for a cycling medal following the withdraw of Lance Armstrong's teammates from the London Games. The film premiered throughout 2015 at international film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards.
As a plant-based athlete, Bausch stood on top of the podium at the Olympic Games just five months shy of her 40th birthday, the oldest athlete ever in her discipline. She now speaks around the world on the many health benefits of plant-based eating for athletes and anyone who wants to feel young with renewed energy and vitality. Bausch has a popular TEDx talk titled "Olympic Level Compassion," which can be viewed on her website and has already garnered over 150,000 views. Bausch believes we create the world we want to live in every day by our choices. One of the most readily available choices we can make is with our daily food. Bausch often talks about being vegan as an aspiration to live as healthfully and compassionately as possible, and as an opportunity to live in alignment with our core values and beliefs.
Kendrick Farris is a three-time Olympic weightlifter from the United States. He competed for the United States in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics; where he was the only USA male weightlifter to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. During the 2016 Olympic trials, Farris broke the U.S record by lifting a total of 831 pounds (377 kg) -- 370 pounds (168 kg) in the snatch and 461 pounds (209 kg) in the clean and jerk. Farris was a Silver Medalist at the 2013 Summer Universiade and the Pan-American Champion in 2010.
In 2014, he became vegan before his son was born. Farris adapted a diet similar to his ancestors after researching his heritage and finding that he has bloodlines tied to ancient Israel. He contributes his record-setting performance and control of his mood to his vegan lifestyle.
Rebecca Soni is a six-time Olympic medalist. Soni has won a total of twenty-two medals in major international competitions: fourteen gold, seven silver, and one bronze spanning the Olympics, the FINA World Aquatics Championships, the Universiade, and the Pan Pacific Championships. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she won two silver medals and one gold. During the 200-meter breaststroke, she set the world record en route to winning gold. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Soni defended her Olympic title in the 200-meter breaststroke in world record time, becoming the first woman to do so in the event. As a member of the U.S. national team, she currently holds the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay.
Rebecca now advocates for a vegan lifestyle citing its impactful benefits on her mind, body, and spirit.
Sprinter in multiple events during the 2004 Summer Olympics.
2015 Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer and 2008 Olympic soccer team member.
Youngest alpine ski racer in Olympic history. First black woman to ski at the Olympics.