January 25th, 2018

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One Month Ago


Just a month ago – Christmas celebration at Chidlovski place.

It was the first Christmas without Chickie at home…

It was a strange feeling – a mix of sadness of being alone and a joy of upcoming energy and hopes.

Love to the family and friends!

Why a month later? Nah, no expiration dates for celebrations!

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Proud To Be An American (1972)


History in Color:

Original black-and-white shot of Olympic Team USA 1972 was published in the “Strength and Health” magazine.

Left to right:

Front row:

Dan Cantore (67.5kg, 9th place), Russ Knipp (75kg, 8th place), Fred Lowe (75kg, 9th place);

Back row:

John Terpak (Coach), Rudy Sablo (Manager), Phillip Grippaldi (90kg, 4th place), Patrick Holbrook (90kg, 5th place), Ken Patera (11o+kg), Alan Ball (110kg, 11th place), Frank Capsouras (110kg, 10th place), Mike Karchut (82.5kg)

More Weightlifting Americana in Color

1972 Summer Olympics
Location: Munich, FRG</p>


Weight Class Name Total (kg)
52 Flyweight Zygmunt SMALCERZ, Poland 112.5OR+100+125 = 337.5
56 Bantamweight Imre FOLDI, Hungary 127.5OR+0.5+142.5 = 377.5WR
60 Featherweight Norair NURIKIAN, Bulgaria 127.5OR+117.5+157.5WR = 402.5EWR
67.5 Lightweight Mukharby KIRZHINOV, Soviet Union 147.5+135EOR+177.5WR = 460WR
75 Middleweight Yordan BIKOV, Bulgaria 160+140+185 = 485WR
82.5 Light Heavyweight Leif JENSSEN, Norway 172.5OR+150OR+185 = 507.5OR
90 Middle Heavyweight Andon NIKOLOV, Bulgaria 180+155+190 = 525OR
110 Heavyweight Jaan TALTS, Soviet Union 210OR+165+205 = 580OR
110+ Super Heavyweight Vasily ALEXEEV, Soviet Union 235OR+175OR+230OR = 640OR

Note: To view a complete list of the winners in the weight classes above,

please follow the link associated with the weight class.

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Super Heavyweight Medalists (1967)


History in Color features the medal ceremony of the super heavyweights at the 1967 Little Olympics.

1967 World Championship
Location: Mexico City, MEX
Weight Class: Super Heavyweight  [90+ kg]</p>

More Info On 1967 World Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Stanislav BATISHCHEV,  Soviet Union 185+155+210 = 550
2 Joseph DUBE,  United States 195+155+200 = 550
3 George PICKETT,  United States 187.5+140+192.5 = 520
4 Serge REDING,  Belgium 170+142.5+200 = 512.5
5 Oldrich LEXA,  Czechoslovakia 170+132.5+182.5 = 485
6 Ray RIGBY,  Australia 162.5+132.5+177.5 = 472.5

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In 1967, the International Weightlifting Federation didn’t run the World Championship. It does look odd for those who like a consistent flow of events in the history books.

The 1966 World Championship was held in East Berlin and then the events record goes directly to the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City with a one year blank in between. The 1967 World Championship was actually scheduled to be conducted in Japan. However, Japan didn’t have diplomatic relationship with East Germany and the athletes of the GDR team didn’t get visas to enter Japan. The Soviet and Eastern block weightlifting teams showed solidarity with East Germany and boycotted the tournament.

The 1967 World Championship was cancelled.  Instead the top lifters gathered in the Mexico City and competed at the 1967 Pre-Olympics tournament . It was nick-named Little Olympics.

The 1967  Little Olympics was marked with 8 world records and outstanding performance by the elite of the weightlifting world at the time.

Complete information at the 1967 Little Olympics @ Lift Up