June 27th, 2018

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Rookie Featherweight Yanko Rusev (Bulgaria)

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History in Color:


September 19, 1977, Stuttgart, Germany – 19-year old rookie featherweight Yanko Rusev of Team Bulgaria clean-and-jerks a world record 165kg in the 4th attempt after winning a silver medal in the 60kg class at the 1977 World Championships on Stuttgart.


This was the first WR for Yanko Rusev. 24 more to come later in his career.

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Tony Terlazzo On His Way For an Olympic Medal

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History in Color:

Legendary Tony Terlazzo of York Barbell is preparing to battle for his first Olympic medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics in July 1932 in Los Angeles, USA.


Anthony (Tony) Terlazzo (1911-1966) was the first American weightlifting super star of international caliber. Tony was the first U.S. Olympic weightlifter to win an Olympic gold medal (1936) and a World title (1937) in modern Olympuc weightlifting.


He was a graduate of the York Barbell Club of Bob Hoffman.


Known as the York Oil Burner Athletic Club, Hoffman’s weightlifting venture consisted mostly of Pennsylvania Dutch (Walter and Harry Good, Art Levan, Joe Miller, Dick Batchell and more) and the Sicilians from Italy (Tony Terlazzo, Joe and Anthony  Fiorito, Gus Modica, Angelo Taormine and others).  The club became a true representation of the American melting pot concept with the addition of such Eastern European athletes as Lithuanian Wally Zagurski, Ukrainian John Terpak, Czech John Grimek, Hungarian Steve Stanko… Employed by Bob Hoffman, they all worked at his oil burner plant for a $10-per-week pay and trained in the weightlifting gym.


Team USA and Bob Hoffman’s gang was still on its way to become a true leader in Olympic weightlifting when Tony Terlazzo became one of the most talented and strongest featherweights in the world.


In 1932, he won the bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles with the 280kg total. He added 32.5kg and won the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin with the 312.5kg in total.


In 1937 and 1938, Terlazzo won the World Championships hosted in Paris and Vienna.


In 1944, American Numero Uno left York, PA for Los Angeles when he owned and ran his own gym for years.


Tony Terlazzo set 5 world records in Olympic weightlifting.


Like many weightlifters from York, Terlazzo also was an avid bodybuilder featured on the Strength and Health covers. In 1939, he won the Mr. America (AAU) title.

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Juhani Avellan (Finland)

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The History in Color cover photo depicts one of the best Finnish weightlifters 0f the 1970s Juhani Avellan competing at one of the meets between Team Finland and Team Sweden.


Juhani Avellan (1945-2004) was a 3x Olympian for Team Finland. He competed at the Summer Olympics in Munich (1972, 8th), Montreal (1976, 5th) and Moscow (1980, 8th). All three times, Juhani lift in the 82.5kg class.


In 1975, Avellan brought home a bronze European medal from Moscow.


Juhani Avellan won the Nordic Championships in 1971, 1973 and 1977 and won nine Finnish Championships in 1970-1982.


Juhani Avellan set 3 world records.