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Green Athletes Aplenty Competing for the Honors at London Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics is special and significant due to its green approach. For sure, this time around, Olympics will be greener than ever before. It’s not only the Olympics gaming events where the authorities are thinking about giving it back to the environment, the athletes too are increasingly eco-conscious. Even in the midst of hectic training schedules, they are making time to fight for the environment. Their efforts vary from recycling to seasonal eating to planting trees. Here we list 10 green athletes from the US who are looking to win gold in the Olympics and all the while doing their bit for mother earth.

Dotsie Bausch, Cycling

Dotsie Bausch, the six-timeUSnational champion, also serves as a mentor of young female athletes. ThisKentuckynative has spent 12 years as a bike racer. All the while, , she’s committed to her environment, recycling and advocates the same.

Mariel Zagunis, Fencing

Zagunis, fromOregon, is a fencing champion who volunteers for SOLVE whenever she gets the chance. SOLVE is a nonprofit organization that began as S O L V or the Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism. The organization has currently evolved in to a broader mission and is in efforts towards cleaning and preservingOregon’s environment. Zagunis has been doing everything possible – from picking up garbage to planting trees – so as to help the earth stay green.

Misty May-Treanor, Volleyball

Misty May- Treanor, the Volleyball gold medal winner in 2004 and 2008, is a Los Angles native and team mate of Kerri Walsh. She supports eco-friendly living and looks forward to a gold medal in London Olympics too.

Arielle Martin, BMX Cycling

BMX cycle champion Arielle Martin always promotes an eco-friendly living style by buying eco-friendly products whenever possible. She is the first American women to win a BMX Supercross World Cup in 2011. She is all prepared to make her Olympic debut in London.

Sarah Robles, Weightlifting

Sarah Robles, the weightlifting champion and theCalifornialass, is a huge fan of Recycle Rex, widely known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. In her words, Recycle Rex is a fun place where you can learn how to recycle. She started her weightlifting career in 2008 and is looking forward to her first Olympics in London.

Natalie Coughlin, Swimming

Natalie Coughlin, the most decorated female athlete in the 2004 and 2008 games, is dedicated towards environment. She eats seasonally and is into efforts that promote composting. She also takes efforts to plant organic veggies and saves seeds year to year. This California-based athlete has already earned multiple medals, and that comprise 11 Olympic medals.

Elena Pirozhkova, Wrestling

Elena Pirozhkova, the 2010 Pan-American Championships gold medalist andMassachusettsnative, believes in doing her bit for the environment. When Elena joined her brother’s wrestling team in the 112- pound class, she was in the sixth grade and now this eco- conscious champion is ranked Team USA’s top wrestler at 63 kilograms (138.6 pounds).

David Boudia, Diving

Diving champion David Boudia always prefer to follow eco-living habits by recycling and disposing of trash in a proper way. He is a 14-time national champion in his field and the 2012 London Olympics will be his second Olympics outing. He won medals at the 2010 USA Diving Winter National Championships too.

Gwen Jorgensen, Triathlon

Gwen Jorgensen, a new participant inLondon, is fromWisconsinand has won the 2010 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year and 2010 USA Triathlon Elite Duathlete of the Year. She always tries to reuse bags, bike and conserve energy.

Rebecca Bross, Gymnastics

Rebecca Bross, the gymnastic champion starts her eco efforts at home. She recycles everything in her home. She won a bronze in the 2010 World Championship and looking forward to win an Olympic medal inLondon. Her achievements also include a six-time World Championship which consists of three silver and three bronze medals.

Do you know of anyone else too, who we might have missed out while compiling this list? Tell us if you know.tttt

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