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Norair Nurikyan: Numero Uno For Bulgaria

History in Color:

August 29, 1972, Munich, Germany – 24-year old featherweight Norair Nurikyan of Team Bulgaria clean-and-jerks 157.5kg in the 60kg weight class at the 1972 Summer Olympics and becomes the first ever weightlifter to win Olympic gold medal for Bulgaria.

Norair Nurikyan (b. 1948) was a brilliant Bulgarian weightlifter. He competed in the bantamweight and featherweight classes and brought his country two gold medals from two Summer Olympics that he represented Bulgaria at. He won the 60kg class in Munich (1972) and 56kg class in Montreal (1976).

In many ways, the approach and methodology of Ivan Abadzhiev is being reflected on the phenomenon of Nurikyan. Norair was brought to this sport as an athlete and then as a coach by Abadzhiev himself. Nurikian became the first Olympic champion in weightlifting for Bulgaria when he won a gold medal in the featherweight in 1972.

Besides two World and Olympic titles, Norair Nutikyan won European (1976) and Bulgarian Championships (1971, 1972, 1975) and set 5 world records in his career.

With just a few days left to the upcoming 2019 World Championships in Thailand, here comes a sincere good luck happy lifting message from the Lift Up and myself.

History in Color

September 13, 1984, Varna, Bulgaria – 2x Olympic champion Norair Nurikyan assists 25-year old Anton Kodzhabashev of Team Bulgaria in the 60kg weight class at the 1984 Friendship Cup in Varna.

World records holder, 3x World champion and 3x European champion, Anton Kodzhabashev was an outstanding athlete but his romancing with the Olympics wasn’t successful. He missed the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of a severe elbow injury. He also had to miss the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles because of the boycott of the Olympics by the Eastern bloc countries in 1984.

Instead of going to LA, Bulgaria, Soviet Union and most of the Eastern block athletes competed at the 1984 Friendship Cup in Varna. Anton Kodzhabashev competed in the featherweight class and won the 3rd place with a 295kg total. His teammate Stefan Topurov took the first place (322.5 kg total and 5 world records overall) and Yurik Sarkisyan of Armenia, USSR was on the second place (315kg).


History in Color

March 4, 1983, Odessa, Ukraine – 20-year old junior Yury Zakharevich of Dimitrovgrad, Russia sets a new world record (200kg snatch) in the in the 100kg weight class at the 1983 Friendship Cup in Odessa.

Odessa is a sea port in Ukraine and it is famous for local storytellers, comedians and jokesters.

This time it was no joke – Yury Zakharevich had a fabulous night in Odessa. He set 3 outstanding milestone world records in the 100kg category – 200kg snatch, 240kg cj and 440kg total!



wins the 1983 Friendship Cup in the 100kg class with three world records – 200kg snatch, 240kg clean-and-jerk and 440kg in total.

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October 15, 1968, Mexico City, Mexico – Legendary lightweight Waldemar Baszanowski of Team Poland clean-and-jerks 167.5kg and wins a gold medal in the 67.5kg class at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

It was the second Olympic gold medal for a 33-year old Waldemar Baszanowski, one of the greatest weightlifters of all time and nations.

As a member of Polish national team, Waldemar Baszanowski took part in 4 Olympic competitions in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and won his first gold medal in the lightweight class in Tokyo in 1964.

He won 5 gold medals in the World championships (1961, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969) and 5 gold medals at the European championships (1961, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971).

In his outstanding weightlifting career, Baszanowski set 25 world records.

In addition to his outstanding results, Waldemar Baszanowski (1935-2011) was a brilliant technician famous for slick split style snatch and clean techniques. Later in his career, he mastered a text book classic squat style snatch too.

When Baszanowski retired from weightlifting competitions, he launched a successful career as a scientist, coach and took an active part in the international weightlifting organizations.

Best In the 90kg Class (1975, Moscow)

History in Color:

September 21, 1975, Moscow, Russia –The strongest middle heavyweights of the world lined up for the introduction of athletes in the 90kg weight class at the 1975 World Championships at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow. On the photo segment of the lineup (left to right):

David Rigert (USSR), Michel Broillet (Switzerland), Sergey Poltoratsky (USSR)

After the competitions were over, David Rigert won a gold medal (167.5+210 = 377.5kg). His teammate Sergey Poltoratsky won a silver (165+207.5 = 372.5kg). Michel Broillet took the 4th place (167.5+192.5 = 360) with a bronze medal in the snatch lift.

History in Color:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA, 1960 – 16-year old local junior athele Joe Dube is pressing heavy in the backyard of his home in Jacksonville, FL.

In a few years, Joe Dube developed into one of the best super heavyweight athletes ever in the United States and in the world. He competed against Soviet giants Leonid Zhabotinsky and Vasily Alexeev, his powerful countrymen Bob Bednardski and Ken Patera, Serge Reding (Belgium) and Rudolf Mang (Germany) and many other true legends of the Olympic weightlifting.

7 years after this backyard photo was made, Dube won the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg and became a vice champion of the 1967 Little Olympics in Mexico City. A year later, he was selected to represent the United States at the Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal in Mexico City. In 1969, Joe Dube  became a World Champion in the super heavyweight in Warsaw.

Joe Dube was a very impressive athlete on the competition platform. As a super heavyweight, he was big and powerful and, at the same time, he was very fast with his lifts.


History in Color:

October 19, 1946, Paris, France – U.S. middleweight John Terpak clean-and-jerks 147.5kg and wins a silver medal at the 1946 World Championships in Paris.

John Terpak wasn’t a stranger in the history of Olympic weightlifting. In fact, as a decorated athlete and then as a manager and business person at the York Barbell Club, he was one of the key figures responsible for a phenomenal success during the Golden Age of American Weightlifting.

As an athlete, John Terpak (1912-1993) was a graduate of the York Barbell Club. He was a 2x World Champion (1937, 1947) and a 2x U.S. Olympian. He competed for the nation at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin (5th place in the 75kg) and at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London (4th place in the 82.5kg).

After his retirement as an athlete, he became the right hand of Bob Hoffman in management and administration, as a vice president, CEO, and chairman of the board of York Barbell.

The 1946 World Championships in Paris was the first post World War II championship. John Terpak was 34 years old and finished second after middlewight favorite to win, legendary El Touni of Egypt.

1946 World Championship
Location: Paris, FRA
Weight Class: Middleweight  [75 kg]</p>

More Info On 1946 World Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Khadr Sayed EL TOUNI,  Egypt 115+112.5+155 = 377.5
2 John TERPAK,  United States 112.5+115+147.5 = 375
3 Frank SPELLMAN,  United States 112.5+115+145 = 372.5
4 Nikolay SHATOV,  Soviet Union 105+117.5+145 = 367.5
5 Alexander BOZHKO,  Soviet Union 95+107.5+150 = 352.5
6 Leif NILSSON,  Sweden 105+110+137.5 = 352.5

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White Ibis of Florida

My first photo of the birds in Florida this year.

This is white ibis and it is considered one of the most common birds to see in Florida.

None of them reside in our old home state of Massachusetts. It looks rather exotic for those who come from the North.

Anyway, white ibis might be a symbolic choice to continue our birds photography showcase here.


Down South

We are really enjoying our cold Pepsi drinks in a new place.

I drink mine down with a loud slurp.

She looks at me with a smile:

“What does it mean in Missouri?”

It’s a rhetoric question.

Being originally from Missouri, Sue asked me this question million times in the last 30 years. Still, I make a puzzled expression as if I don’t know what it means in her home state.

“What does it mean in Missouri?”

“All gone!”

After a l-o-o-o-n-g and dramatic 3-day drive down south, we just moved from Massachusetts to Florida.

Very much like Pepsi in our our glasses, we are all gone.

We are in Florida.

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