Silver medal winner Hannah Teter is quickly becoming our favorite green athlete of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Besides being a vegetarian, running her own charity, and looking for eco-centric sponsors, the 23-year-old is also making plans to move into her parent’s yurt in the woods and go off-grid with solar and wind.
“I will live in the yurt part time,” Teter told People Magazine. “Mom has huge garden and fruit trees, and I love it there. I helped my parents get solar power this past year, and I’ll be running on solar and hopefully wind power with my yurt so I can be completely off the grid.”
As for her vegetarian diet, Teter says that it’s given her more of an edge in her training. From People:
“I started that last year and feel stronger mentally and physically, and springier,” she says, noting too that more people would become vegetarians if they knew how animals were slaughtered. Teeter starts each day with a power smoothie, and for dinner loves cooking stir-fry vegetarian dishes with a side of Quinoa, a high-protein grain similar to brown rice. “I don’t overcook, because you lose what’s good in the food,” she says.
In honor of her win at the Olympics, sponsor Samsung recently donated $30,000 to her Hannah’s Gold charity. The money will directly benefit the needy in Kenya and Haiti.
Girl’s got the gold medal in our books. Rock on, Hannah!