October 2nd, 2017

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Olympic Champion Ota Zaremba (Czechoslovakia)

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Ota Zaremba (b. 1957) is one of the most successful Czech weightlifters of all times.


The were three Olympic weightlifting champions in the history of Czechoslovakia. Heavyweight Jaroslav Skobla won the title in Los Angeles in 1932. Middleweight Hans Zdrazila won a gold medal in Tokyo in 1964. Finally,  Ota Zaremba became an Olympic champion in 1980.


Needless to say, Zaremba won his gold in Mowsow in the 100kg weight class, that was a perfect outlet for the Soviets. At the time, Tean USSR had about two dozens atheletes who could have potentially won any international contest in this class. However, it was Ota Zaremba who won the gold in Moscow.


Ота Заремба (р. в 1957 году), несомненно один из лучших чешских штангистов за все времена.


Zaremba lifted for the national team of his country for 10 years – from 1977 to 1987. Besides being an Olympic champion, Zaremba ia World champion (1980), 5x national champion of Czechoslovakia (1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985) and a holder of 3 world records (two snatch and one total)


For his heroics at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Ota Zaremba received the Best Athlete of Czechoslovakia in 1980.

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Arvid Andersson (Sweden)

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Olof Arvid Andersson (1919-2011) happens to be the most successful Swedish Olympic weightlifter of the 20th century.


Andersson was a two-time Olympian and represented Sweden at the Summer Olympics in London (1948) and in Helsinki (1952).


On October 18, 1946, Arvid Andersson won the featherweight title at the World Championship in Paris. It was the first and, so far, the last gold medal won by Swedish athletes in Olympic weightlifting. 27-year old Arvid Andersson won the gold with the world record in total (320kg).


In addition his outstanding performance in Paris, Arvid Andersson also won the bronze medal at the 1949 World championship ans twice became a European champion (1947, 1949)

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Morning Promenade in Dubna, Russia

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The original black-and-white photo for the History in Color cover came from the archives of the famous Soviet athlete and coach Arkady Vorobyev.


The photo shows the Team CCCP Weightlifting on the early morning promenade in Dubna, Russia in 1968. Vorobyev was the head coach of the national team and the athletes were getting ready for the Summer Olympics in Mexico City.


Here are his comments to the photo:


The national team went out for a morning work-out. In front on the right – D. Shanidze and L. Zhabotinsky; further behind them – J. Talts, Y. Smirnov, G. Chetin, B.Selitsky; then V. Belyaev, A. Vorobyev and J. Krynitsky. All athletes were USSR and World champions. Some were Olympic champs. The training camp was in Dubna in 1968.