4 Eco Friendly 2012 Olympic Athletes


Elite environmentalists are part of the  2012 Olympics, the greenest Olympics to date.  Let’s get to know some of the athletes who aside from the gruesome hours of training have incorporated eco-friendly into their lifestyle.

Mariel Zagunis, fencing

Zagunis, an Oregon native, has brought home several honors in fencing, including two medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since then, she has served as the FIE Senior World Cup Champion in 2011, 2010 and 2009. She also keeps it green.“I volunteer for SOLVE whenever I get the chance.” SOLVE is a group that began as S.O.L.V., or Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism, and evolved into its current, broader mission. She’s done everything picked up litter to planting trees to removing invasive species.

Arielle Martin, BMX cycling

Arielle Martin is committed to eco-friendly living, telling us that she “buys eco-friendly whenever possible.” An alternate in BMX Cycling in the 2008 Beijing Games, Martin is set to make her Olympic debut in London. In 2011, she became the first American woman to win a BMX Supercross World Cup.



Sarah Robles, weightlifting

This California native is a big fan of Recycle Rex, the “spokes dinosaur” for CalRecycle — better known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Robles says of Recycle Rex, “it’s a fun place to learn how to recycle.” Remarkably, Robles has only been weightlifting since 2008. She’s looking forward to competing in her first Olympics in London.

Natalie Coughlin, swimming

This California native earned multiple medals — including gold — in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She has won 11 Olympic medals, and she left the 2004 and 2008 Olympics as the most decorated female athlete of the Games. (That means she’s won a medal in every Olympics she has participated in.) How does she keep it green? “I eat seasonally and compost,” Coughlin shares. “I also grow organic veggies, saving seeds year to year.”
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