January 4th, 2017

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Antwerp 1937


This is another enhanced photograph for the Lift Up project featuring Team CCCP at the 1937 World Workers Olympiad in Antwerp, Belgium.

Mid 1930s was the time when the pioneers of Olympic weightlifting in the Soviet Union began to enter the international competitions. At this tournament in Antwerp, the Soviet athletes won the first places in all weight classes.

Team USSR 1937 in Antwerp (left to right*):

Konstantin Nazarov (Moscow, light heavyweight), Alexander Bozhko (Moscow, light heavyweight), Vladimir Krylov (Moscow, lightweight) , Nikolay Shatov (Moscow, lightweight), George Popov (Kiev, featherweight), Moysey Kasyanik (Tbilisi, bantamweight)

Note: * The original photo was donated to the project by the family of George Popov. It was a clipping from the newspaper. I saw other versions of this photo with Yakov Kutsenko standing next to Konstantin Nazarov.


We don’t have the protocols of the 1937 tournament in Belgium.

To give you and idea of the results shown by the athletes, here is a lineup of the 1937 USSR Championship in Tbilisi.

USSR Championships1937 Championship
4/27/1937 – 4/29/1937
Host: Tbilisi, Georgia Arena: Lenin Sports Hall
Number of Athletes: 138
Main Referee: A. Bukharov Secretary: N. Kelberer</p>


Weight Class Name Total (kg)
56 Bantamweight Moisey KASYANIK, Stroitel  Tbilisi 283
60 Featherweight George POPOV, Spartak  Kiev 315.5
67.5 Lightweight Nikolay SHATOV, Dynamo  Moscow 330
75 Middleweight Nikolay KOSHELEV, Zenit  Leningrad 345
82.5 Light Heavyweight Pavel CHECHIN, Lokomotiv  Dnepropetrovsk 357.5
82.5+ Super Heavyweight Yakov KUTSENKO, Lokomotiv  Kiev 380

Note: To view a complete list of the winners in the weight classes above,

please follow the link associated with the weight class.

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19 vs. 19: Helmut Balderis and Jiri Bubla

During the rivalry games between the Soviet and Czechoslovakian hockey team, Helmut Balderis often faced Jiri Bubla.

Both wore No. 19 on their jerseys and it was amazing to see the duel between the two famous Euro stars of that era in hockey.

The classic Czech duo of defensemen, Frantisek Pospisil and Oldrich Machac usually played vs. the Petrov’s line.

For the most part, Balderis played on the Soviet second line and on the blue line they were challenged by powerful D-men Jiri Bubla and Milan Kajkl.

Balderis was a magician of puck handling with a phenomenal speed and graceful skating. Bubla was a blueliner who mastered loud and effective bodychecking routines.

The duel between these often led to beautiful goals and breathtaking frustrations…

Balderisomania continues at Chidlovski.Com!