Alexey Voyevoda, native of Sochi, has been vegan for over three years and he just won gold for Russia. He’s been a professional bobsleigher since 2002 and is well-known as a championship pro arm wrestler (is anyone thinking what I’m thinking ? A vegan arm-wrestling hulk face-off: Rob Bigwood vs. Alexey Voyevoda?). In a recent PETA interview Voyevoda says of his vegan lifestyle:

I no longer eat the suffering and pain of defenceless animals. Secondly, my body has become lighter, so to say “clearer”. Thirdly, in my profession, flexibility and elasticity are incredibly important, and I increased both of these. And fourthly, now I almost never suffer from a cold or flu. –