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Happy Russian Old New Year


Belated but sincere…

The occasion actually fell within my 48-hour long stay in the hospital with Sue.

Things were not that good but better now.

All the best to all who celebrated :-)


Intensive Care


One of the pages in my work history was owning and operating small film and video production studio back in the mid 1990s.

Our main specialty was producing health care and medical multi-media.I had shot miles of footage from operating rooms, ICUs, doctor’s offices and all the stuff that goes with the hospital media.

Well, it’s quiet a different story when the video B-roll runs with overall medical action footage and when it’s actually someone you know and love.

For sure, it is different.

When your loved ones are struggling for life, it’s no longer IV poles and EKG diagrams.

It your love in pain…

The love of my life is in pain now.

My apologies for irregular writings in the last few months.

No comments and words of wisdom come to my mind.


Olympic Press Lift By N.Schemanski


History in Color:

September 13, 1963 – Legendary “Mr. Weightlifter” Norbert Schemansky of Team USA performs an Olympic press lift at the 1963 World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.


History in Color:

Original black-and-white picture by Gogi Gurgenyan features 16-year old Naim Suleymanov of Bulgaria receiving an ovation from the public at the 1983 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

It was his first appearance at the senior World Championships. Later on he became known as Naim Suleymanoglu or “Pocket Hercules” and won three Summer Olympics in weightlifting.

At the 1983 World Championships, Naim won a silver medal in the 56kg class with 290kg (130+160) in the 56kg weightclass.

First Attempt. No Lift.


History in Color:

32-year old David Rigert of Shakhty, Russia fails to clean-and-jerk the weight in the 1st attempt at the 1979 USSR Cup in Frunze, Kirgizia.

In the end of the day,  Rigert won all top medals in the 100kg class of the tournament. He won the 1979 USSR Cup with the 377.5kg total and gold medals of the national championship in snatch (177.5kg) and clean-and-jerk (220kg).

This was the last set of of gold medals won by David at the top national competitions.



History in Color:

Antonio Krastev of Haskovo, Bulgaria for the first time in his career becomes a World Champion at the 1985 World championships in Sodertelje, Sweden.

Krastev won the tournament with the 437.5kg total. He snatched 202.5kg and jerked 235kg and won the title Sweden competing against Alexander Gunyashev of the Soviet Union and Manfred Nerlinger of West Germany.

Krastev won gold medals in the super heavyweight twice – in 1985 and 1986. He won silver in 1982 and bronze in 1983 and 1987. He also was  a 5x champion of his native Bulgaria (1982-1984, 1986-1987).

Antonio Krastev (born in 1961) was famous for his outstanding snatch lifting. In his career, he set 5 world records and 4 of them were snatches including his phenomenal 216 snatch that stayed as a world record  from 1987 to 2017 until Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia snatched 217kg in Split.

1985 World Championship
Location: Sodertelje, SWE
Weight Class: Super Heavyweight  [110+ kg]</p>

More Info On 1985 World Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Antonio KRASTEV,  Bulgaria 202.5+235 = 437.5
2 Alexander GUNYASHEV,  Soviet Union 195+237.5 = 432.5
3 Manfred NERLINGER,  West Germany 185+237.5 = 422.5


Training With Team CCCP


History in Color:

Olympic champions, middle heavyweight Valery Shary of Minsk, Belarus and super heavyweight Sultan Rakhmanov of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine are smiling during the training session of the national team in 1979.

Both Shary and Rakhmanov were candidates to compete for the Soviet Union at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

A year later, Sultan Rakhmanov won the Olympic champion title in the 110+kg weight class in at the Izmailovo Arena in Moscow.

Sergey Lee (Kyrgyzstan)


History in Color:

One of the best Soviet light heavyweights of the 1980s, Sergey Lee of Frunze, Kirgizia,  competes in the 82.5kg class at the 1986 USSR Championship at the Izmaylovo Arena in Moscow, Russia.

Sergey Lee (b. 1962) was a World vice champion in 1987 and 1990.

Lee also won a bronze (1985) and a silver (1988) medals at the Europeans championships.

He won the USSR championships 3 times –  in 1987, 1989 and 1990.

In 1987, Segey won the USSR Cup in the middleweight class.

At the USSR National Spartakiads in 1983 (75kg) and 1991 (82.5kg), Sergey Lee won 2 bronze medals


Merry Russian Christmas!


Today is Russian Christian Orthodox Christmas Day.

The guy on the photo is Grandpa Frost.

Pretty much like Santa Claus.

This Santa has been with me since I was three. He is the oldest Santa in the world!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate on January 7!

Extreme Close-Up


Just another double selfie while driving and watchnig how the streets are getting back to normal from the blizzard.

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