January 14th, 2017

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Trofim Lomakin was perhaps one of the most memorable personalities among the Soviet Olympic weightlifters in the 1950s.

Lomakin won the gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and the silver medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He earned many World and European titles and he managed to win many Soviet national championships. He broke 5 world records in his career. For those who are interested in his career track and results, we have his detailed profile at the Lift Up.

With all these said, Lomakin was extremely strong by nature. His strength and physique caused many stories and accounts.

At the same time, Lomakin showed amazingly little interest in daily training and development.  Life outside the gym was more important for him than working out for the competitions and adding weights pound by pound. His life ended tragically at 49 when he was murdered at the horse racing track in Moscow in 1973.

The cover photo features Trofim Lomakin getting ready to lift at the USA vs. USSR weightlifting match in the 1950s.

He looks strong and impressive.

He is one of the strongest athletes in the world.

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White-Winged Scoters







Here is my first baby steps into the world of Duckland.

These are some photos of the group of white-winged scoters taken during a day trip to the shoreline in Winthrop.

White-winged scoters are large black duck tesiding in the coastal waters.

These guys were spotted in the ocean close to the Shore Drive.

Cold weather didn’t seem to bother them. They had a good time diving deep into the ocean keeping a jolly smile on their faces.

“We ain’t polar bears but cold water doesn’t bother us!” said one of them to me.

Cold didn’t bother them. Still, they kept a safe distance from your cameraman.




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Always Ready For the Challenge


This digitally enhanced historical photo of the Team CCCP Weightlifting features the athletes selected to represent the country at the 1979World Championship in Saloniki, Greece.

Top row (L-R): Igor Kudyukov (Head Coach), n/a, Kanybek Osmanaliev (52kg, Frunze), Gennady Bessonov (90kg, Shakhty), Nikolay Kolesnikov (60kg, Bugulma), Yury Nozdrin (team doctor), Gennady Baldin (massage therapist), Viktor Veretennikov (56kg, Volgograd)

Front row (L-R): Valery Kravchuk (100kg, Zheleznye Vody), Pavel Syrchin (100kg, Krasnokamsk), Yurik Vardanyan (82.5kg, Leninakan), Sergey Arakelov (110kg, Krasnodar), Sultan Rakhmanov (110+kg, Dnepropetrovsk), Alexander Voronin (52kg, Kemerovo)

Leonid Taranenko  also went to compete to Saloniki but wasn’t present in the photo session.

Team CCCP took the first place in the tournament.

Osmanaliev, Vardanyan, Bessonov, Syrchin, Arakelov and Rakhmanov won the World titles in their weight classes. Veretennikov won silver medal. Voronin and Taranenko won bronze medal.

Nevertheless, it was the last big tournament for Igor Kudykov. He was replaced by Alexander Prilepin as the Heas Coach CCCP in 1980.


World Championships from 1891 to Today

World Championships1979 World Championship
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Weight Class Name Total (kg)
52 Flyweight Kanybek OSMONALIEV, Soviet Union 105+137.5 = 242.5
56 Bantamweight Anton KODZHABASHEV, Bulgaria 117.5+150 = 267.5
60 Featherweight Marek SEWERYN, Poland 127.5+155 = 282.5
67.5 Lightweight Yanko RUSEV, Bulgaria 145+187.5 = 332.5
75 Middleweight Roberto URRUTIA, Cuba 155+190 = 345
82.5 Light Heavyweight Yurik VARDANYAN, Soviet Union 170+200 = 370
90 Middle Heavyweight Gennady BESSONOV, Soviet Union 170+210 = 380
100 Sub Heavyweight Pavel SYRCHIN, Soviet Union 167.5+217.5 = 385
110 Heavyweight Sergey ARAKELOV, Soviet Union 185+225 = 410
110+ Super Heavyweight Sultan RAKHMANOV, Soviet Union 192.5+237.5 = 430

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

please follow the link associated with the weight class.