Kendrick Yahcob Farris, the sole U.S. male weightlifter in the Rio Olympics, breaks the mold as a vegan athlete. Since adopting a vegan diet in 2014, Farris hasn't let go of his competitive edge, winning gold at the past two Pan American Championships and lifting over 800 pounds. His secret lies in thorough food research and efficiency, focusing on plant-based protein sources like avocados. Embracing his heritage as part of the Israelite community, Farris delved into the ways of the ancient, including a kosher diet. (The image of me with Kendrick was taken outside the first Juice Press store in New York City, around 2017).
Kendrick Farris of the United States competes in the 85kg weightlifting event at the Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.