These Olympians Are Winners in Animals’ Eyes

Athletes from around the world put years of hard work and dedication into making it to the prestigious games. That same level of hard work and dedication has led to breakthroughs in animal rights, and the following amazing athletes—some of whom will be competing this summer in Rio de Janeiro—have done their part to help along the way. We thank them for their commitment to helping animals everywhere.

Tony Azevedo

This year’s games mark Tony’s fifth. He’s already won a silver medal—what’s in store for him in Rio this year?
Tony Azevedo

Christen Press

Christen was an alternate in London’s 2012 games, but this time around, the soccer forward will be up front on the field in Rio.

Christen Press

Marlen Esparza

This trailblazer was the very first athlete to qualify for women’s boxing when the sport was finally included as an event in 2012. She went on to win a bronze medal.


Amanda Beard

Amanda is the second-youngest medalist in U.S. Olympic swimming history. She won a gold medal and two silvers at the 1996 games—when she was only 14 years old.Amanda Beard Fur PSA

Candace Parker

The versatile and remarkable Los Angeles Sparks’ forward has two gold medals to her name—from the Beijing games in 2008 and the London games in 2012.

Nick Symmonds

Nick ran the 800 meters for the U.S. in both Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

Hannah Teter

The talented snowboarder took home medals in both the Turin, Italy, and Vancouver, Canada, winter games—gold and silver, respectively!

Tim Howard

The star goalkeeper was in Sydney ready to play as backup for 2000 games.

Tim Howard Ink Not Mink

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind