Episode 28: From Rock Bottom to Olympic Medalist with Dotsie Bausch

If you want to win, you need to lose first. Today, Olympic silver medalist Dotsie Bausch joins Nimai to tell her story and talk about her vegan diet. Hear how she went from struggling with anorexia to being a vegan cyclist at peak Olympic performance. Dotsie’s testimony will inspire you to see suffering from a different perspective. Start seeing how your struggle can push you towards success and how vegan diets help you achieve that success.

“You’re not gonna be able to make them better no matter how hard you try. They are the only ones with that power.”
— Dotsie Bausch


  • 6:11 - The idea of “home” can drastically change as we get older. How Kentucky has changed for Dotsie from her childhood years to now
  • 14:30 - The illusion of control is dangerous! How a desire for control is ultimately what caused Dotsie to plunge into anorexia
  • 27:17 - Fighting suicidal thoughts: What Dotsie experienced when she reached the point of rock bottom and how a psychotherapist at Border’s Bookstore changed her life
  • 40:45 - Going from a severe eating disorder to cycling for gold--How Dotsie’s determination and grit helped her in Olympic competition
  • 50:56 - What Dotsie’s’ nutrition looked like in her Olympic training and how losing actually helped her to win
  • 1:07:01 - As the oldest cyclist in Olympic history, what Dotsie experienced at the Olympics and how she felt leading up to the actual competition
  • 1:17:20 - THE RACE: Dotsie’s experience in the race that made her an Olympic silver medalist and how she started her vegan diet
  • 1:31:44 - What Dotsie’s vegan diet consisted of to help her achieve the high-level performance she needed to compete
  • 1:39:10 - Switch4Good: What Dotsie hopes to accomplish through her non-profit and how you can find more resources to promote the non-dairy movement

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