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9 superstar athletes who don't eat meat

By: Brian Merchant on March 5, 2013, 4:17 p.m.
Carl Lewis of the U.S. races off of the starting blocks during Heat 2 of the Men's 100m race at the IAAF World Championships on Aug. 8, 1983

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Fueled by vegetables

It's still a common question: can vegetarians perform as well as their carnivorous counterparts in physical competition? Take a look at each of the top level athletes, and you should have your answer. These nine vegetarian athletes rose to the top of the sports world — without any help from meat. (Text: Brian Merchant originally wrote this for TreeHugger)