Olympic Medalist Reads Mean Tweets About Vegans

Dotsie Bausch Teams Up With PETA to Clap Back About Her Plant-Powered, Protein-Packed, Award-Winning Vegan Eating

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – When Dotsie Bausch won her silver medal in the 2012 Olympics, she was the oldest athlete in history to compete in the Olympics in her cycling discipline—and she did it all while eating vegan. Now, the seven-time USA Cycling National Champion has teamed up with PETA for a new video that takes aim at some mean tweets about vegans.

After reading a tweet that says, “I’ve never met an athlete who is vegan,” Bausch counters by brandishing her Olympic medal. “So, hi,” she says. “This is from a vegan athlete.”

Bausch is featured prominently in the documentary The Game Changers, which hits iTunes on October 1. In the documentary—which was produced in part by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Pamela Anderson, and Lewis Hamilton, among others—the filmmakers travel the world and reveal the truth about protein: Plant power is best!

Vegan meals provide enough protein, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients that athletes need to be stronger and faster—and to recover quickly—without the artery-clogging cholesterol or saturated animal fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy. Going vegan spares more than 200 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death, and it reduces one’s risk of suffering from heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Bausch is part of a long list of Olympians and other athletes—including the WNBA’s Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker, U.S. women’s national soccer team players Alex Morgan and Christen Press, and Olympians Kara Goucher and Marlen Esparza—who’ve teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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