Vegan Figure Skater Wins Gold at Winter Olympics
Vegan figure skater Meagan Duhamel and her partner Eric Radford have earned a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The duo performed their routine to Adele’s “Hometown Glory,” which earned them 148.51 (77.26/71.25) points, putting them in first place. Duhamel stated:
“That performance felt really good. It felt great to lay out a solid long program at the Olympics, which we weren’t able to do four years ago. That was a really great skate with a lot of room to improve for Thursday and the individual event. We really tried to pretend that we were at home and we were in training. We were trying to black out everything that was going on around us.”
Duhamel became a vegan in December 2008 after reading a book on veganism, and told CBC:
“I read it from cover to cover that night – it wasn’t very big of a book – and I just thought, ‘Wow, that seems so interesting. I woke up the next morning, cleaned out my fridge, and said ‘I’m going to learn about whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.”
She added that a plant-based diet has helped her in terms of training and improving her focus, recovery, energy levels and even clearing up her skin.
Last year, the two-time world champion rescued and adopted a dog destined for a meat farm in South Korea.