Is it really possible to be a successful athlete whilst being vegan?

Absolutely - that is the whole point of the Vegan Fitness website :-)

 

For evidence, look no further than the many members of the Vegan Fitness forums and also have a look at the Great Vegan Athletes hall of fame to see many vegan men and women at the top of their game.  

 

If these anecdotes are not enough, even the Academy of Dietics and Nutrition has chimed in on it, ‘Well-planned vegetarian diets that meet energy needs and contain a variety of plant-based protein foods, such as soy products, other legumes (beans), grains, nuts and seeds can provide adequate protein for athletes without the use of special foods or supplements.’ http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442463961&terms=vegan%20athlete