History in Color:
May 12, 1958, Chicago, IL – Light heavyweight James George of Akron, OH, USA competes Team USA Weightlifting in the 82.5kg class in the first match of the 1958 USA vs USSR Olympic weightlifting series in the United States.
Jim George (b, 1935) was one of the world class athletes of the legendary Team USA of the Bob Hoffman’s era in this sport.
He was a 2x Olympian and represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in Melbourne (1956) and Rome (1960). He won a bronze Olympic medal in 1956 and a silver Olympic medal in 1960.
In the national competitions, Jim was a 4x AAU champion. At the World championships, Jim George scored 2 silver medals (1957, 1958) and two bronze medals (1955, 1959).
In 1959, Jim George became a champion of the Pan American Games in Chicago. He also authored two world records in his career.