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EP-102 Dotsie Bausch

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There is a quote from one of my favorite books, The Count of Monte Cristo, that goes like this: “There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another.  Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of ultimate bliss.” Dotsie Bausch reminds me of this quote.  From a debilitating eating disorder and unsuccessful suicide attempts to being a 7-time USA Cycling Champion and silver medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, this lady is living the life of ultimate bliss.  I can’t wait to see her in the upcoming movie, Game Changers coming out this summer and if you really want to get to know her better, follow her on social media and learn about her last week’s rescue of a baby duckling!  This lady is for real and I know you’re gonna LOVE her in this LLS Podcast!

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An Olympic silver medalist from the 2012 London Games, 7-time U.S. National Champion, former world record holder and two-time Pan American gold medal winner, Dotsie Bausch has transitioned in full stride from professional athlete to influential advocate and a leading voice in sports technology, health, wellness and animal rights. In fact, Choose Veg recently named Bausch one of the “20 Badass Veg Women Who Are Making History.”

After spending 10 years as a member of the U.S. National Road Cycling Team, Bausch tried track cycling for the first time in 2007 and won two national titles on the track that same year. Her success on the track continued as she was part of a world record-breaking ride along the way. In 2012, Bausch realized her dream of becoming an Olympian by competing on the track at the London Games where she won a silver medal in the team pursuit, a first for the United States.

While Bausch has scored major victories on the bike, perhaps her greatest victory came from resurrecting her own life from the depths of severe eating disorders, which threatened to take her life 20 years ago after a promising modeling career in New York City. 

In 2012, Bausch was named the National Ambassador for NEDA (The National Eating Disorders Association). Additionally, she serves as a mentor for young women eyeing the professional ranks through the Network for Advancing Athletes and is an executive board member for the Women’s Cycling Association.

Bausch’s most proud passion is her staunch advocacy and tireless work on behalf of animal rights. As a vegetarian athlete, Bausch stood on top of the podium at the Olympic Games just five months shy of her 40th birthday, the oldest athlete ever in her discipline. Now as a vegan athlete, Bausch speaks around the world on the many health benefits of plant-based eating for athletes and anyone who wants to feel young and have endless energy and vitality. She is a supporter and volunteer at Mercy for Animals and is in the midst of creating an educational, adventure-based reality TV show that follows the anatomy of farm animal rescue. 

Bausch has a popular TEDx talk titled “Olympic Level Compassion,” which can be viewed on her website and has already garnered over 100,000 views. Bausch believes we create the world we want to live in every day by our choices. One of the most readily available choices we can make is with our daily food. We have the power to create a cruelty-free world by selecting vegan options.

In addition to her advocacy in cycling, eating disorders and animal rights, the Louisville, Kentucky native is also a color commentator on the NBC Sports Network and a motivational speaker. Alongside her husband, Kirk, she co-owns Bausch Haus Inc. She resides in Irvine, California with her three dogs Minnie, Yodi and Lola.

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