March 31st, 2017

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Vladimir Kaplunov (1933-2015) was one of the best lightweight Olympic lifters in the world in the first half of the 1960s.

He won the World Championship in 1962, European Championship in 1964, USSR Championships in 1962, 1963, 1964 and the USSR Spartakiad in 1963. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Kaplunov won silver with the  432.5kg total (140+127.5+165) in the 67.5kg weight class.

He managed to set 11 world records in his career.

On the cover photo from the History in Color series, Vladimir Kaplunov performs a clean-and-jerk lift at the 1962 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. On that  night, he became a World champion with a world record in total.



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Team Europe 1975


The group shot of Team Europe 1975 on the cover was taken at the match between the Continental Europe vs. Americas in December 1975 in Montreal, Canada.

Front row (left to right):

Igor Kudyukov (USSR), XXX, Lajos SZUCS (Hungary), Zygmunt SMALCERZ (Poland), George Todorov (Bulgaria), Atanas Kirov (Bulgaria), Ivan Abadzhiev (Bulgaria);

Mid row (left to right):

Arne Norback (Sweden), xxx, Andras Stark (Hungary), Tamas Ajan (IWF, Hungary), XXX (IWF), Gottfried Schodl (IWF, Austria), XXX (IWF), Zbigniew KACZMAREK (Poland), Peter Korol(USSR), Pierre Gourrier (France), Peter Baczako (Hungary);

Back row (left to right):

Petr Pavlasek (Czechoslovakia), Valentin Khristov (Bulgaria) , David Rigert (USSR), Jordan Mitkov (Bulgaria), XXX…

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New Book by Susie Stone Chidlovski Is Out Now


It’s official now – the new book “Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity, Jig” by Susie Stone Chidlovski is out now!

I know a lot of great storytellers.

Out of all of them, my wife is definitely on the top of the list of all storytellers.

For years now, I’ve been listening to all these fascinating stories about a small town in the Midwest where everybody knows each other, about her family and friends, about local theater and diner, about small town politics and sometimes big town politics, about local animal shelter and school football team…

There were literally thousands of stories told at different gatherings we were at. Everybody loved them and always wanted to hear more.

One day we asked her a question, what if you write a book based on these stories.

It was a challenging task.

Oral stories and written stories are two very different types of storytelling. What is fascinating to listen to is not that fascinating to read on paper. And the other way around.

She spent about 3 years working on this – trying to record her voice on paper. The result is the book called “Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity, Jig” which was just published a week ago in March.

More info about the book and how to order it is available here .