February 26th, 2017

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Russ Prior (Canada, 1949-2017)


Russel Prior of Team Canada Weightlifting died in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was 67.

Russ Prior competed in the heavyweight class (110kg) and won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 1970,1974, and 1978 and the Pan American Games in 1975.

Prior was a Canadian Olympian in 1976 and in 1980. He took the 9th place in Montreal and didn’t compete in Moscow due to the boycott of the 1980 Olympics.

Our deepest condolences go out to is family and friends.

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Pride of Estonia


The greatest Olympic weightlifter from Estonia, Jaan Talts is getting ready to lift at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico city.

He competed in the middle heavyweight class (90kg) and won the silver medal in 1968.

In 1972, Talts won the gold Olympic medal in Munich. In his weightlifting career, he set 39 world records. More on the best Estonian athlete is compiled here.

Team CCCP weightlifting head coach Arkady Vorobyev once said about Jaan Talts:

“He took care of the way he looked. He did look good.”

Looking at the enhanced photo from the Lift Up: History in Color series, we should agree with the note by the coach.

Jaan Talts looked good.



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It's a Spring Time!


“They are back!” said Freddy the Sparrow (right) pointing to the Patrick the Red-Winged Bird when I was in the Belle Isle area this morning.

Freddy talks too much and sometimes he doesn’t make sense to me.

Well, this time he’s obviously right. The red-winged birds came back.

What does it mean?

It means that it’s a spring time here!!!!

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Three Amigos


They are to be known as three amigos of the Belle Isle Marshes.

Left to right:

Frederico the Sparrow, Augustus the Mourning Dove and James the Common Grackle.

Just a note to add – it’s not a staged photo.