December 28th, 2016

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Two Generations of Heavyweights

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Basically, no comments seem to be necessary here.


Norbert Shemansky, one of the greatest lifters ever, is watching the lifting by Ken Patera at the U.S. Olympic Trials for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.


Shemansky was 48 at the time. He won the Olympics and brought home medals from four Olympics in 1948, 1952, 1960 and 1964.


Patera turned 29. He won silver medal at the 1971 World Championship in Lima, Peru. His strongest lift was Olympic press. Dynamic lifts were not his forte at all.


In a few months, Patera bombed out at the Olympics. He did the 212.5KG press and was the third after the first lift. However, he was eliminated in the snatch after failing to lift 166kg (twice) and 170kg.


At the moment of taking the cover photo, it was still unknown.


It was just two generations of American heavyweights.


And Norb Schemansky estimating the potential of the new contender.

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Database Heavy

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In the last few days, there was a load of heavy lifting at Lift Up. Mostly, database related…


New tournaments have been added.


The Summer Olympic tournaments has been expanded up to top 8 for all championships held in the 20th century.


Over 200 new profiles has been added to the lifters’ database.


Thanks to Leonid Pavlyuk of Angarsk, Russia, we were able to add great visual attributes to the new profiles.


Thank to Pete Kravtsov of Brooklyn, NY, we were able to verify and update protocols and individual data of athletes to his datasheets.


I know Vasily Alexeev pictured on our custom cover would have been proud of us for this effort.


Hope you enjoy the additions.


More to come!