January 4th, 2018

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Athletic Club Of Dr. Kraevsky


Every story has its beginning.

The official date of the beginning of Russian weightlifting is considered August 10, 1885. It was the day when the first weightlifting club of athletes was founded by Dr. V.F. Krayevsky in St. Petersburg, Russia. The initial goal of the club was health improvements and strength development of its members, amateur athletes of the club. Needless to say, some went beyond the status of amateur athletes including such professional strongmen and wrestlers as George Hackenschmidt, Sergey Eliseev, Gvido Mayer, Ivan Lebedev and more.

The original black-and-white photo of this History in Color feature was printed literally in every textbook on Olympic weightlifting in the Soviet Union.

Every story has its beginning.

The story of weightlifting in Russia has its roots connected to the fine gentlemen depicted in the cover photo for this article.



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History in Color:

July 4, 1975, Vilnius, Lithuania – Olympic champion Kanybek Osmonaliev competes in the flyweight class for the Burevestnik Club of Frunze, Kirgizia at the 1975 USSR championship in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The original black-and-white photo was made by a very good friend of the Lift Up project and one of the classics of Soviet weightlifting photography Gogi Gurgenyan (Russia).

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Icelandic Lyftingar: Gudmundur Sigurdsson


History in Color:

July 25, 1976, Montreal, Canada – 29-year old Gudmundur Sigurdsson of Iceland competes in the 90kg class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He won the 8th place with 332.5kg (145+187.5).

Lyftingar is weightlifting in Icelandic and Gudmundur Sigurdsson was one of the finest to represent Iceland on the international arena.

Sigurdsson is a 2x Olympian.

He won the 13th place in Munich in 1972 and the 8th place in 1976. Both times he lifted in the mid heavyweight class.

Gudmundur Sigurdsson competed 4x at the European Championships (1972, 1974, 1976 and 1980) and at the the World Championships in 1974 and 1979.