March 18th, 2017

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Rigert in 1975

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On the cover photo from the Lift Up: History in Color series, legendary David Rigert is preparing for the  210kg clean-and jerk lift at the 1975 World Championship in Moscow.


I think the original black-and-white photo was inserted in all aspiring weightlifters’ training journals of the time.


At least, I had one and many of my teammates had it too.

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Meet the Press in 1964

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Continuing the Lift Up: History in Color series, the cover photo shows Team CCCP Weightlifting being interviewed by famous Soviet media personalities before the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


Front row (left to right):

V. Kaplunov (67.5kg), L. Zhabotinsky (90+kg), D. Ivanov (The Soviet Sports Daily), R. Plyukfelder (82.5кg), А. Vorobyev (head coach), Y. Vlasov (90+кg), Reporter (?), V. Golovanov, 90кg);

Back row (left to right):

Massage Therapist (?), V. Kurentsov (75кg), S. Bogdasarov (coach), N. Ozerov (TV broadcaster), A. Vakhonin (56kg), A. Medvedev (coach)


In a few weeks, four of these athletes will become Olympic champions (see below) But at the moment, it’s not known. No need for a special “Smile” call. All participants seems to be in a good and happy mood. They are going to Tokyo to compete!


1964 Summer Olympics
Location: Tokyo, JPNGOLD MEDALISTS</p>
Weight Class Name Total (kg)
56 Bantamweight Alexey VAKHONIN, Soviet Union 110+105+142.5OR = 357.5WR
60 Featherweight Yoshinobu MIYAKE, Japan 122.5OR+122.5OR+152.5WR = 397.5WR
67.5 Lightweight Waldemar BASZANOWSKI, Poland 132.5+135OR+165OR = 432.5WR
75 Middleweight Hans ZDRAZILA, Czechoslovakia 130+137.5OR+177.5WR = 445.5EWR
82.5 Light Heavyweight Rudolf PLUKFELDER, Soviet Union 150+142.5OR+182.5 = 475OR
90 Middle Heavyweight Vladimir GOLOVANOV, Soviet Union 165OR+142.5EOR+180 = 487.5WR
90+ Super Heavyweight Leonid ZHABOTINSKY, Soviet Union 187.5+167.5OR+217.5WR = 572.5OR


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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Sergey Gimaev (1955-2017)

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Sad news came from Russia…


Sergey Gimaev, defenceman of legendary Red Army club and TV commentator, died in Tula, Russia at the age of 62.


Sergey Gimaev played 10 seasons in the Soviet Premiere hockey league in the 1970s. He was a solid 6′ 4″/210 lbs blueliner who played with the CSKA team from 1976 to 1985 and with the SKA Leningrad in his last season in the League in 1985-86.


After retirement from hockey as a player, Gimayev worked as a TV sports broadcaster on the major Russian networks.


Our deepest condolences are being sent to the family and friends of Sergey Gimaev