Vegan Icelandic powerlifter, Hulda B Waage, aka the \u201cVegan Viking\u201d, has come away from the Icelandic national championships as the highest ranked female lifter. Waage squatted 215kg, which was 2.5kg above her own personal record. Despite her success, Waage herself was disappointed with her performance. \u201cI was dissatisfied with my results,\u201d the lifter told Great Vegan Athletes. She added, \u201cWe weren\u2019t aiming high for this meet but you know how it is. Always hungry.\u201d The lifter wasn\u2019t all doom and gloom, however. \u201cThe atmosphere was amazing,\u201d she stated. \u201cEveryone worked hard at cheering each other. Everyone worked together and helped each other out. The referees were very consistent and fair. So it was very relaxing and fun to compete.\u201d Waage followed up nationals in a bench only competition the very next day, succeeding in breaking her own personal record. She hopes to continue her success in the European championships in May. \u201cWe are training hard for that. Aiming for the limit to be able to compete at world championship,\u201d Waage stated. The powerlifter regularly posts updates of her training progress on her Instagram account, along with her vegan recipes. She posted towards the end of last year, \u201cI\u2019m all for eating what you want when you want it\u2026as long as its #vegan. Yesterday I was craving potatoesalad with lots of #mayonnaise dressing and something #bacony\u2026never liked the smoked pigflesh though.\u201d Waage\u2019s success in her sport proves that animal products are not necessary to raise an athlete to the top of their game. Other vegan athletes include ice skater Meagan Duhamel who recently won gold\u00a0at the Winter Olympics, NFL player David Carter and footballer Jermaine Defoe who is still playing into is mid 30\u2019s. \u201cThis is me sending a message out to the younger players to say, if you can do what I am doing, and think about what you are eating, then they could play into their late 30\u2019s and early 40\u2019s,\u201d Defoe stated at the beginning of this year.