January 2nd, 2018

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If Only Fish Could Talk To Us


Happy New Year 2018!

Fishes can’t talk. At least, we can’t understand them.

I spent the last few weeks in the hospitals and rehab centers.

I saw this fish tank at the rehab center in Cambridge right before the New Year. The fish tank was placed right next to the Christmas tree and looked a bit odd with all the Hanukkah and Christmas decorations around.

One can only guess what all the exotic fishes felt with all the holiday interior in place. Of course, fishes don’t talk and I am not sure if they can hear us with our festivities.

“Happy New Year!”

I said it to the guys inside the tank with a little hope of being understood.

Suddenly, the big fish turned to me and her lips started moving. The tank got filled with bubbles and I made a picture of the fish tank.

At home, I reviewed the photos I made that day and saw that it was actually meaningful bubbles in the fish tank.

It was no rocket science to decode the message:

“Happy New Year!”

Fished can’t talk. But they smile and send messages that we can read if we want.

Happy New Year 2018!

Lets try and have a Happy New Year!

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Snatch Lifting By the King of Jerk


On the new History in Color cover, Vasily Alexeev is performing a snatch lift in the 1970s.

Vasily Alexeev was the king of the clean-and-jerk lifts. His competition best jerk of 256kg was set over 40 years ago and still is impressive. Needless to say, nobody really knew how much Vasily could have cj’d in his prime. He trained alone and added 0.5kg to the world records without really pushing it to his own limits.

In his career, Alexeev set 80 world records. 32 of them were in the clean-and-jerk, 17 in the press lift, 27 in total and 4 in the snatch.

Here is complete list of snatch world records set by Vasily Alexeev:

  • 177kg (Shakhty, 12/4/1970)

  • 177.5 (Paris, 2/14/1971)

  • 180kg (Moscow, 7/24/1971)

  • 187.5 (Verona, 6/6/1974)


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Ibrahim Shams in London (1948)


History in Color:

Legendary Olympic weightlifter Ibrahim Shams of Alexandria, Egypt competes in the lightweight class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.

Ibrahim Shams (1914-2001) competed at two Summer Olympics – in 1936 and 1948. There was a 12-year long intermission between the Olympic tournaments because of the World War II.

In 1936, Shams won bronze Olympic medal in the featherweight in Berlin.

12 years later, at 34, he became an Olympic champion in the lightweight at the Olympics in London.

Shams also won the World title in 1949 and 1951 and set 5 world records.

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From Sunny Feodosia (1980)


A few months prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics, Team CCCP Weightlifting sends its cheerful greetings from a sunny Feodosia training camp  in 1980.

Left to right:

Front row:

V.Veretennikov (56kg), D.Rigert (90kg), O.Karayanidy (56kg), Y.Sarkisjan (56kg), V.Mazin (60kg), K.Osmonaliev (52kg), N.Kolesnikov (60kg), P.Syrchin (100kg);

Mid Row:

A.Prilepin (head coach), A.Pervy (75kg), A.Pisarenko (110+kg), A.Voronin (52kg), V.Klokov (110kg), Y.Vardanyan (82.5kg), I.Nikitin (100kg), S.Rahmanov (110+kg), G.Bessonov (90kg), S.Arakelov (110kg)

Back row:

N/A, N/A, N/A, G.Baldin (massage therapist), H, H, A.Rykov (coach), S.Vardanyan, V.Alexeev (110+kg), L.Taranenko (110kg), V.Shary (90kg), N/A, N/A, Nozdrin (doctor)