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6 Olympic Athletes Already Winners in Animals’ Eyes

Athletes from around the world have made their way to the Olympic stage in London, thanks to their hard work and dedication to their sport. This talented bunch may still be going for the gold in London, but they’ve already won in the eyes of the animals in their lives. We thank these athletes for their dedication to the happiness of animals everywhere:

Candace Parker

Candace Parker plays some mean defense for the U.S. women’s basketball team, but when she’s not shooting hoops, she’s defending animals used for fur. Candace and her dog Fendi teamed up with PETA for this PSA to fight the fur industry:

Lizzie Armitstead 

Lizzie Armitstead just brought home a silver medal for her team in cycling, but this U.K. native has been winning for animals since she was 10, when she adopted her vegetarian diet.

Michael Phelps 

Michael Phelps just became the most decorated Olympic athlete ever, but he’s always been the best in the eyes of his shelter dog Stella.

Dylan Wykes 

Every time Dylan Wykes crosses the finish line, animals everywhere cheer! A Canadian marathon runner, he shuns meat because of ethical concerns.

Tony Azevedo 

This American water polo captain was once dubbed “The Savior” in college. Tony Azevedo was definitely a savior to his adopted cat Snow when he gave her a home after kids threw her into the ocean.

Carmelita Jeter 

This American sprinter has cat-like reflexes on the track, and it’s no wonder! Carmelita Jeter probably learned them from her five rescued cats. Hopefully there’s a gold medal in her future, but she definitely gets a gold star from us!

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