February 25th, 2017

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Remembering George Ulrich


George died last year at 63 after a short battle with cancer.

He was a good friend and a great partner at work on many projects for almost 20 years. In the today’s competitive IT world having such a long and productive partnership  is a luxury and pleasure.

Hear me now again, George, I miss you and hope you’re smiling looking at these notes.

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Legends of Egypt


The Lift Up: History in Color series continues with this enhanced cover photo of Team Egypt:

Left to right:

El Sayed Mohaned Nosseir, El Touni, Ibrahim Hassan Shams, Mahmoud Fayed, Kamal Mahgoub

The original black and white photo was made in 1949-1951. It was a lefendary Egyptian team that dominated the world at the time.

There is a total of 4 gold medals at the Olympics, 7 world titles and 25 world records showcased on this photo.

To view the details of their career in Olympic weightlifting, please follow the links associated with their names in the caption.




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Valery Yakubovsky was a world class athlete in the 110kg weight class.

The competition for the place in the national team in his weight class was tough. The list of the usual suspects was impressive and included  Vladimir Golovanov, Jaan Talts, Yury Kozin, Karl Utsar, Pavel Pervushin, Yury Yablonovsky – to name just a few.

As a result, Yakubovsky had rather a very limited exposure to the top international tournaments.

He won the 1971 European Championship and set 8 world records in his career (4 in the press lift, 1 in the snatch, 1 in the cj and 2 in the total of three lifts).

Yakubovsky competed for the Dynamo Moscow club and won the silver medal in 1970 and the bronze medal in the 1973 USSR national championships.

His remarkable appearance and physique was definitely noticeable. It certainly remains in the historic memory of the followers of the Iron Game.