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History 101: Vegetarians Win Every Time

Written by PETA | March 15, 2010

Long before Michael Phelps swam his way into our cultural consciousness—104 years before, to be exact—vegetarian swimmers were already wowing people with their superhuman stamina. Check out this 1904 headline from Montréal’s The Gazette:




Vegetarians aren’t weighed down by all that cholesterol-laden animal fat or their own guilty conscience. The advantages are clear: Vegetarians make better lovers, better fighters, and better swimmers!

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Prof Kieran Fallon says:

    Too True. I’m Head of Sports Medicine at a fairly prestigious Institite of Sport and agree that with a bit of care in having a good vegetarian diet athletes have no difficulty in performing at the elite level.

  • cherry says:

    YAY! This is so awesome because I am a healthconscious swimmer too! So nice to see further proof that we don’t need and shouldn’t have meat to be awesome athletes.

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    This is awesome!! But how much more proof will the need?

  • Ted Scheckler says:

    What a great account in history of vegetarians!!!! I hope peta does other historical snippits on other famous vegetarians

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Great story. I live in Toronto and I can picture exactly where the swim took place. Speaking of athletes with pristine arteries one of the strongest men in the world Joe Rolino also seems to be spelled Rollino recently died at 104 years when he got hit by a van on his daily 5mile walk. He was a lifelong vegetarian his mother was also veg. I got lots of info just by googling his name.

  • andrea says:

    FANTASTIC! love the little bit of history put in here. motivates me to continue being Vegan!!

  • [email protected] says:

    I love it! D