January 28th, 2019

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Waldemar Baszanowski (Poland)

History in Color:

Waldemar Baszanowski (1935-2011) was a legendary lifter from Poland. He is one of the greatest weightlifters of all time and nations.

As a member of Polish national team, he took part in 4 Olympic competitions in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and won two gold medals in the lightweight class in Tokyo in 1964 and in Mexico City in 1968.

Baszanowski won 5 gold medals in the World championships (1961, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969) and 5 gold medals at the European championships (1961, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971).

In his weightlifting career, Baszanowski set 25 world records.

In addition to his outstanding results, Waldemar Baszanowski was a brilliant technician famous for slick split style snatch and clean techniques.  Later in his career, he mastered a text book classic squat style snatch too.

When Baszanowski retired from weightlifting competitions, he launched a successful career as a scientist, coach and took an active part in the international weightlifting organizations.

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World Champion Doug Hepburn: Be Strong. Be Canadian!

History in Color:

On August 30, 1953, Douglas Hepburn of British Columbia, Canada won the title of a heavyweight champion at the 1953 World Championship in Stockholm.

He became the first Canadian to win the World Championship in Olympic weightlifting and, so far, remains the only one for Canada in the history of men’s tournaments. Obviously, Hepburn is a cult figure in the history of the Iron Game. There are many articles and books written about him.

Ironically, as much as he is known among the weightlifters, he is unknown among fellow Canadians who are not involved in weightlifting.

I am no Canadian but I’d say here – be strong, be Canadian!

Go Canada!