Rob Bell - Inline Skating
Hometown: Middlebury, CT
Current Residence: Oklahoma City, OK
Sport(s): Inline Speed Skating
Pro/Elite since: 2003
Date of Birth: March 5, 1984
Favorite fruit: Banana
Favorite veggie: Spinach
Hobbies/Other sports: Triathlon, Auto racing, cycling
1. When and why did you choose to stop eating animal products?
I stopped eating animal products in September of 2002. It was the first time I ever thought about what I was eating. I decided that it wasn’t right to kill animals for our consumption. I spent countless hours reading up on vegans and realized that I could be even healthier on a vegan diet than I was before. After I realized that, there was no turning back.
2. What has been your experience as a vegan athlete? Have you noticed any performance or health benefits or problems?
I haven’t had any problems at all. In fact, it’s been just the opposite. I never used to be a morning person. Now I look forward to my morning workouts and feel great all day. I have more energy than I know what to do with.
3. Have teammates and other athletes been supportive or critical?
My teammates are really supportive. I’m the only vegan one, but each of us has a pretty unique diet and we all respect each other. Other athletes expect me to be weak and slow when they find out I’m vegan. I really don’t know where that misconception comes from, but I do know that there is nothing better than proving them wrong!
4. A brief history of your athletic career.
I’ve been skating for 12 years and competing for about 10. Until 2003 I was really only competing indoors. Indoor racing is a blast, but once I started doing outdoor marathons I was hooked.
5. Most memorable results or achievements.
6th place overall at the 2006 Texas Road Rash inline Marathon
6th place overall at the 2006 Silverstrand Half Marathon
10th place overall at the 2006 Mardi Gras Marathon
31st place overall in 2005 at the World Inline Cup race in Duluth
Completing the Redman full iron distance triathlon in 2006
6. Why did you join OA's PRO-Activist team?
I was really excited to find out that something like this even existed! This is something that I really believe in. I want people to see that you can be an elite athlete on a vegan diet. I think that once people start seeing the OA suits up in the front pack they will take notice and hopefully try and improve their diet as well. I’m already reading about more and more athletes switching over to a vegetarian diet or at least trying to consume larger amounts of fruits and vegetables. A team like this one will only help promote that faster