November 24th, 2017

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Go USA Weightlifting Marathon: After World War II

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The 2017 IWF World Championships tournament is scheduled to be held in Anaheim, USA from November 27, 2017 t0 December 5, 2017. The Lift Up and our sub-publications continue the Go USA Weightlifting Marathon superseries of historical articles to cheer up the Team USA and all the fans of the Iron Game who certainly will be following one of the key Olympic weightlifting events of the year.


The black-and-white original of this photo came from the archives of legendary U.S. weightlifter Stanley Stanczyk (left to right):


Back row: John Davis, Bob Hoffman, N/A, Stanley Stanczyk, Dietrich Wortmann, N/A, Joe Pitman;


Front row: Peter George, N/A, Joe Di Pietro, Harold Sakata.


Based on the personalities in the group, it was made in the late 1940s – around the time of the first post World War II Summer Olympics on London (1948). My guess is that it was taken right after Team USA returned from overseas in 1948.

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Go USA Weightlifting Marathon: T.Kono and P.George

T. Kono and P.George


The 2017 IWF World Championships tournament is scheduled to be held in Anaheim, USA from November 27, 2017 t0 December 5, 2017. The Lift Up and our sub-publications continue the Go USA Weightlifting Marathon superseries of historical articles to cheer up the Team USA and all the fans of the Iron Game who certainly will be following one of the key Olympic weightlifting events of the year.


Olympic champions Tommy Kono and Peter George of Team USA exchange smiles while lifting 170kg at the open training session.


Tommy Kono won the Summer Olympics in 1952 and 1956 and won a silver medal in 1960. Peter George won the Olympics in 1952 and was a vice champion in 1948 and 1956.


Besides Olympic and world titles and records, there is fantastic period in the Olympic weightlifting history associated with these true legends of this sport.


It was a time when Team USA was the leading weightlifting powerhouse in the world and it was an honor to compete against these guys on the same platform.

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Go USA Weightlifting Marathon: Joe Dube

Joe Dube


The 2017 IWF World Championships tournament is scheduled to be held in Anaheim, USA from November 27, 2017 t0 December 5, 2017. The Lift Up and our sub-publications continue the Go USA Weightlifting Marathon superseries of historical articles to cheer up the Team USA and all the fans of the Iron Game who certainly will be following one of the key Olympic weightlifting events of the year.


Warsaw, 1969 – 25-year old super heavyweight Joe Dube of Jacksonville, FL competes at the 1969 World Championship in Warsaw, Poland.


Joe won the World title with the 577.5kg total. He pressed 202.5kg, snatched 162.5kg and cj’d 212.5kg.


It was the last gold medal in the men’s world championships won by U.S. Olympic weightlifters so far.


 

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Two Generations of Soviet Super Heavyweights

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On the History in Color cover photo, two legends of the super heavyweight class, Anatoly Pisarenko (left) and Vasily Alexeev are having a conversation during training in February 1982.


2x Olympic champion and author of 80 world record, Vasily Alexeev retired from competitions after the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and, at the time, worked with the national weightlifting team as one of the coaches.


Pisarenko was a rising super heavyweight star. He hasn’t reached his 260kg+ clean-and-jerks era but he is on the way. He was No. 3 on the list of the 110+kg athletes to compete for Team USSR at the 1980 Olympics – right behind Sultan Rakhmanov and Vasily Alexeev.


No. 3 seldom goes to compete and Anatoly was no exception.


His chance to win the Olympic gold medal was in 1984. However, that time the whole nation didn’t go because of the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


Based on the Pisarenko’s interview, the coach-n-athlete chemistry between Alexeev and him never really worked.