Top 5 U.S. Green Olympians of 2008

By | August 15, 2008

Who are the top five U.S. eco-activist athletes competing in the Beijing 2008 Olympics?

Here’s the list according to the Grist:

1 – LeBron James, U.S., Basketball = James is teaming up with SpongeBob SquarePants for the Nickelodeon’s Big Green Help campaign, which is aimed at encouraging kids to go green.

2 – Amanda Beard, U.S., Swimming = Beard is an all around wildlife advocate, with her recent a public service announcement (PSA) for WildAid that calls attention to the plight of sharks. Beard has also appeared in TV ads for Defenders of Wildlife.

3 – Adam Craig, U.S., Cycling = Craig has signed the GreenLaces campaign, which asks athletes to make a personalized promise to reduce their environmental impact.

4 – Heather O’Reilly, U.S., Soccer = O’Reilly has also taken the GreenLaces pledge to help protect the planet.

5- Aaron Peirsol, U.S., Swimming = Peirsol has partnered with Oceana on a Race for the Oceans campaign, which encourages swimmers and swim fans to “dive into ocean conservation.”

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