October 7th, 2017

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The 3rd Attempt of Batishchev


On the History in Color photo, Soviet super heavyweight Stanislav Batishchev is going for his 3rd attempt in the snatch lift (170kg).

Stanislav Batishchev (1940-2011) of Donetsk, Ukraine was a very strong athlete with a long career in Olympic weightlifting. He was a 4x European vice-champion, 3-x bronze medalist of World championships and 8-x vice champion if the USSR national championships.

Historically, Batishchev happened to be a forever back-up of two legendary Soviet supers – Leonid Zhabotinsky and Vasily Alexeev. He never really broke this spell with one exception – when he won the 1967 Little Olympics in Mexico.


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Training in the Legendary U.S. Gym


On the History in Color photo, legendary U.S. weightlifters are training in the good old York Barbell gym in York, PA.

I know it might sound too pathetic – too many “legendaries” here. It’s too challenging not to get over excited touching this era in weightlifting history.

Dave Sheppard is performing clean-and-jerk lift in front.

Behind him, Clyde Emrich is watching his teammate lifting.

On the right, there is the greatest Tommy Kono observing the training of Dave Sheppard.

This is the old U.S. weightlifting classics in color!


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Russians Are Coming

Russians Are Coming!

History in Color: USA vs. USSR (1958)

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Team CCCP Weightlifting arrived to the United States in May 1958.

The original black-and-white photo might have looked a bit comic. The authors even called them as “clowns” from Moscow. My guess is that these guys are rather tired and jet lagged after a l-o-o-o-n-g flight from Moscow to America. I won’t be surprised if for most of them it was the first time overseas.

Anyway, here they are left to right:

Yakov Kutsenko (head coach and manager, Kiev), Viktor Bushuev (67.5kg, Gorky), interpreter (?), Yevgeny Minaev (60kg, Moscow), Alexander Bozhko (coach), Vladimir Stogov (56kg, Moscow), Alexey Medvedev (90+kg, Moscow), Fedor Bogdanovsky (75kg, Leningrad), Trofim Lomakin (82.5kg, Moscow), Arkady Vorobyev (90kg, Moscow)

In a few days, these athletes took part in the USA vs. USSR weightlifting series held in Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL and NYC, NY.

The full coverage of these three historical matches is available here.

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Peter George and John Davis: Two Legends of Weightlifting USA


People should be beautiful in every way – in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts, and in their innermost selves.

Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright

One of the greatest playwrights in the world history, A. Chekhov once said it.

Had he been attending weightlifting sessions in the early Russian athletic clubs, he might have added:

“Weightlifters should be beautiful in every way – in their press lifts, snatch lifts, clean-and-jerk lifts, in their bodies and souls.”

One can only guess what he might have said had he known John Davis and Peter George or seen this photo.

Peter and George also had an interesting common phenomenon. Both loved opera singing!

In fact after the world championship in Stockholm, they organized a small concert where both sang opera arias!