January 24th, 2019

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Victor Sots (USSR): Sofia, 1977


History in Color:

Sofia, Bulgaria, 1977 – 19-year old Victor Sots of Donetsk, Ukraine competes for Team USSR in the clean-and-jerk program in the 90kg class at the 1977 Junior European Championships in Sofia.


Victor Sots developed into one of the strongest and most impressive lifters in the 100kg class in the early 1980s. He won two World and European titles, USSR Championship, USSR Cup and set 6 world records.


His trademark was his powerful push press style in the CJ lift. The cover photos at the 1977 Junior European Championships in Sofia are interesting because they portray Victor Sots using… a classical split style in the jerk.

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Atanas Shopov (Bulgaria): Munich, 1972


History in Color:


September 3, 1972, Munich, Germany – 20-year old middle heavyweight Atanas Shopov of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria performs a snatch lift on his way to a silver Olympic medal in the 90kg class at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.


Atanas Shopov (b. 1951) was a member of the first Bulgarian teams assembled by legendary coach Ivan Abadzhiev.


Shopov represented his country at two Summer Olympics. While competing in the 90kg weight class, he won a silver medal in Munich (1972) and a bronze medal in Montreal (1976).


At the World championships he also had a silver (1972) and a bronze (1976) medals. Shopov won a silver (1972) and bronze medals (1971, 1973). He was a champion of Bulgaria in 1970 and vice-champion in 1972, 1973 and 1975.

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Team Canada at the Summer Olympics in Helsinki (1952)


History in Color:


July 1952, Helsinki, Finland – Athletes of weightlifting Team Canada arrived to Finland to compete at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki (left to right):


Dave Baillie (90+kg, 6th place), Jack Varaleau (light heavyweight, n/a), Gerald Gratton (middleweight, silver medal), Lionel St-Jean (Team Manager), Jules Sylvain (featherweight, 10th place), Rosaire Smith (bantamweight, 9th)