July 4th, 2018

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Happy 4th of July!

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This is a Happy 4th of July Olympic weightlifting style message!


U.S. weightlifting has a long and impressive history of legendary teams, coaches and athletes. One of them was John Terpak (1912-1993) and, by the way, he was also born on July 4!


The History in Color series showcases a color version of the clean-and-jerk demo lifting by John Terpak of the York Barbell back in the glorious days of the legendary weightlifting place in York, PA. John Terpak was a significant part of the York Barbell. First, as a decorated athlete and then as the right hand of Bob Hoffman in management and administration, as a vice president, CEO, and chairman of the board of York Barbell.


As an athlete, John Terpak was a graduate of the York Barbell Club. He was a 2x World Champion (1937, 1947) and a 2x U.S. Olympian. He competed for the nation at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin (5th place in the 75kg) and at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London (4th place in the 82.5kg).

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... and the Team of the Strong

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O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

Francis Scott Key


… and should we add a humble but historically essential – the team of the strong!


On the History in Color cover Olympic champion, 4x U.S. Olympian, 4x Olympic medalist Norbert Schemansky of Detroit, MI demonstrates the techniques of clean-and-jerk.


Techniques might change.


Outfit styles change.


Footware changes.


Barbell design changes.


Passion and determination stay.

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Dimitar Tramburdzhiev (Bulgaria)

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History in Color features Bulgarian super heavyweight of late 1960s-early 1970s Dimitar Tramburdzhiev.


Dimitar Tramburdzhiev (b. 1948) of Asenovgrad, Bulgaria was one of the candidates to the super heavyweight position with Team Bulgaria in the time between the retirement of Bulgarian classics Ivan Veselinov to the arrival of the new super promise Khristo Plachkov.


On the national level, Dimitar Tramburdzhiev won 4 golds (1969, 1971, 1972, 1973) and 3 silvers (1970, 1975, 1976) at the Bulgarian Championships. He brought medals from the international tournament (Friendship Cup, Danube Cup, etc.) but never materialized in a super contender in a super heavyweight class. In fact, his bodyweight was in a very low 110+kg range.


After retirement from being an athlete, Dimitar Tramburdzhiev became a coach at home jn Asenovgrad and prepared many world class Bulgarian legends (Sevdalin Marinov, Plamen Zhelyazkov and more)