February 23rd, 2018

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Rigert in Montreal (1976)

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History in Color:

July 25, 1976, Montreal, Canada – David Rigert of Shakhty, Russia snatches 170kg in the 3rd attempt and sets an Olympic record in the 90kg weight class at the 1976 Summer Olympics.


In the end of that night, David Rigert won the 1976 Olympics title with 382.5kg total (170 +212.5).




 


1976 Summer Olympics
Location: Montreal, CAN
Weight Class: Middle Heavyweight  [90 kg]</p>

More Info On 1976 Summer Olympics

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 David RIGERT, Soviet Union 170OR+ 212.5OR = 382.5OR
2 Lee JAMES, United States 165+ 197.5 = 362.5
3 Atanas SHOPOV, Bulgaria 155+ 205 = 360
4 Gyorgy REHUS , Hungary 157.5+ 192.5 = 350
5 Peter PETZOLD, East Germany 152.5+ 192.5 = 345
6 Alberto Fernandez BLANCO, Cuba 152.5+ 192.5 = 345
7 Yvon COUSSIN, France 152.5+ 180 = 332.5
8 Gudmundur SIGURDSSON, Iceland 145+ 187.5 = 332.5
9 Garry LANGFORD , Great Britain 147.5+ 180 = 327.5
10 Jean-Pierre VAN LERBERGHE, Belgium 150+ 177.5 = 327.5
11 Brian MARSDEN , New Zealand 137.5+ 185 = 322.5
12 Rudolf HILL, Austria 140+ 180 = 320
13 Kenneth Ken PRICE, Great Britain 137.5+ 170 = 307.5
900 Nicolaos ILIADIS, Greece 155+ 0 = 0
900 Rolf LARSEN, Norway 140+ 0 = 0
900 Sergey POLTORATSKI, Soviet Union 0+ 0 = 0
900 Michel BROILLET, Switzerland 165+ 0 = 0
900 Jaakko KAILAJARVI, Finland 145+ 0 = 0
966 Philip GRIPPALDI, United States 150+ 205 = 355


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February 23: Celebrating the Soldier's Day

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Celebrating the old Day of the Army and Navy in the USSR…


Congrats to all who still does the celebrations.


It was a notable holiday on the calendars back in the old Soviet Union.


The Soviets didn’t have a Valentine’s Day but celebrated the March 8 (International Day of Women) and February 23 (Army and Navy Day that gradually became a Day of Men). So, little school boys were getting presents from their class girls on February 23 and little school  girls were receiving their flowers and gifts on March 8.


Just a matter of old tradition.


You didn’t really have to serve in the army to be able to celebrate the February 23. It gave the holiday a bigger vibe for sure.


On the cover photo, our engineering platoon is having a lovely dinner during the training military maneuvers in Borisoglebsk, Russia in 1984. I am that fella on the very right on the photo.


We were dead tired and the food was terrible… It was so bad that I still remember it.


But we were young and happy and eager to survive through those challenges and war games we had to play during the service days.