23 World Class Vegan Athletes
Twenty Three athletes who set World Records or became World Champions
Mac Danzig is an internationally recognised Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitor who has competed at the highest level. In 2005 Mac won the King Of The Cage Lightweight Championship which he successfully defended four times, and has also won The Ultimate Fighter 6 competition. He retired with 21 wins from 34 fights, and is also an accomplished wildlife photographer.
Scott Jurek has excelled in the demanding world of extreme distance running, winning numerous races, setting course records proving the value of a purely vegan diet. He won the Hardrock 100 mile race 7 consecutive times, set numerous course records and has the American 24 hour distance record. He is described as the greatest ultramarathoner of modern times.
Multiple world records and Gold medals mean that Heather Mills is one of the leading winter sports competitors in the world. She won four Golds at the 2012 US Adaptive Alpine Skiing National Championships and in 2015 she broke five world records in three months. The amputee has also assited in the availability of prosthetic limbs and owns a vegan foods brand including restaurants. Click to read more
Austin Aries is a World Champion wrestler who is one of five wrestlers to win the Triple Crown. He has risen to the top in Tag and Singles wrestling, becoming the Ring of Honour champion, world ROH World Tag Team Champion, X Division World Champion TNA World Champion. He has been vegan since 2011 and vegetarian for 11 years before this, and published a book 'Food Fight' was published documenting his research and discoveries on food.
Alex Dargatz is most famous for winning the 2005 World Fitness title, after five years as a vegan. The change was motivated for numerous reasons, lead by ethical and environmental, and he bases his diet on wholefoods with vegetables and fruit being a large component.
James is an instructor, British Champion and World Champion in Savate, a French kick-punch ring sport. He is the 2011 British champion and a leading instructor in the French martial art. He teaches in a South London dojo and continues to compete internationally. In 2014 he won the World title and he's also been the Vice Champion and Bronze medallist. He's also trained fighters to success alongside competing himself.
Voted World Athlete of the decade (1980s) and Olympic Athlete of the Century (1900s), and winner of nine Olympic gold medals. He was the leading sprinter of the time and the anchor of the successful US 4 x 100 m relay team. Carl also excelled in long jump and acheived one of athletics' longest unbeaten runs with this as well as one of the most enduring world records.
Eight years after turning vegan, ten year old Cody has national and international success in racquetball. He has become American Junior racquetball Champion, and at different times both Indoor and Outdoor World racquetball champion. He has been State Champions and been third in the Junior Olympics. His success means he has sponsorship deals. He also has a black belt in karate and a big fan of vegan food, especially Veggie Grill and some home made meals. Click to find out more.
Fiona Oakes is a passionate vegan (since teenage) who runs an animal sanctuary almost singlehandedly. She is also a elite marathon runner with top level finishes at prestigious marathons. She holds three marathon world records and is the fastest female to complete a marathon on each Continent. She holds the course record at the North Pole as well as the Antarctic Ice Marathon and has a personal best of 2hrs 38mins.She has completed the Marathon des Sables, a 154 mile event across the sand dunes of the Sahara in extreme heat - twice.
Meagan is a pairs skaters who has acheived national and international medals. In 2012 she became the Canadian Pairs gold medallist and went on to win the title a total of seven times, breaking the all time record for points. She also won international bronze in 2013, later winning the world title on two occasions. At the Winter Olympics she has won Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, and has won numerous medals around the world at the highest levels before retiring in 2018. She has been vegan since 2008.
Harri was the winner of the 1997 World Thai Boxing title at 60kg. He had turned vegan three years previously after previously reducing animal products consumption. the title meant he had to face two of the most challenging National champions - from Thailand and the US. Now retired, he trains for fun and has also run marathons and ultramarathons.
Andy is a vegan racing driver with some of the most impressive records in the most demanding events. He has the most podium finishes of any driver in the Rolex 24 hour at Daytona and the first triple champion in that event - he has five wins. He also competes in streetluge where he has won the world title, and has a purple belt in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.
Without a background in competition, Denis rapidly became a successful ultradistance runner, which culminated in taking a recognised Guinness world record in treadmill running over twelve hours. He's also set course records over 54 miles and 50k and has placed and won numerous ultra and trail races. Click to find out more.
Dr Ruth Heidrich is an accomplished distance runner known for notable masters' acheivements. She undertakes triathlons and has won her age group in national races. Studies on her by the Cooper Sports Clinic have given her age records for her ability in different categories, and she re-broke one despite being at the older end of the age category.
She truend vegan aged 47 in response to an aggressive breast cancer and has competed at a range of distances from track athletics to Ironman triathlons. She is recognised nationally and has written extensively on fitness for older people.
Michaela is an established rower with top placings in American and International events. She won two national titles in the 2015 US National championships and helped the quad team to several podium places at high profile events. Michaela accidentally broke an indoor record when a training session was recognised as the fastest recorded time for that distance! She has competed in singles and quad events.
Dustin plays in the American national team and has also played in the the highest standard national league in the world (Brazil) and in France. He has won international tournaments with the American team and in 2015 was part of the US team that won the world title. He turned vegan in 2012 after stumbing on a book by vegan sports legend Rich Roll.