March 13th, 2017

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Coaches and Athletes: Bogdasarov and Vlasov


The Lift Up: History in Color series features a photo of Suren Bogdasarov and Yury Vlasov discussing training plans back in the 1960s.

Bogdasarov (1920-2009) was a prominent lifter of the 1940s and one of the most respectful coaches of the Red Army and national weightlifting teams.

Olympic champion of Rome (1960) and the strongest man on the planet of the first half of the 1960s, Yury Vlasov (b. 1935) needs no special introductions.

The cooperation between Vlasov and Bogdasarov remains one of the greatest examples of coach-and-athlete relationships in the history of this sport.

It produced many World and European titles, Olympic medals and over 30 world records.

What’s even more important, it turned into a true friendship between two talented individuals that lasted for many decades. Way after Yury Vlasov retired from weightlifting competitions and became a successful writer and then got involved into the politics.


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Befriended In Rome


The original photo was taken during the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome Italy.

Those were the tallest and the shortest members of the Olympic Team CCCP – Janis Krumins (218 cm, basketball, silver medal) and Eugene Minaev (56kg weight class, weightlifting, gold medal).

Obviously, the scene of these two looks rather comical. In those days, it was published by media outlets all over the world.

Using today’s language, it went viral.

There were mo Internet, social networks or emails in the 1960s.

Otherwise, I am pretty sure people would have received it with the funny pictures emails the next day it was made.