January 31st, 2019

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"Daddy, Take Me To the Olympics!"

History in Color:

December 1975, Prague, Czecholovakia – Lead super heavyweight Petr Pavlasek of Team Czechoslvakia prepares for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. His daughter Sandra helps her Daddy to train hard in Ruda Hvezda training hall in Prague.

Petr Pavlasek (b. 1947) was a 2x Czech Olympian. He participated in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and 1976.

His best performance in the top international tournaments was the 4th place – at the World Championships in 1974 and at the European Championships in 1973 and 1974.

Petr Pavlasek is a member of Club 500. His personal best in the total of 3 lifts was 557.5kg at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich on September 6, 1972.

He won the national title of  Czechoslovakia 5 times (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976).







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Team Canada: 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

History in Color:

August 1954, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Members of Team Canada at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver (left to right):

Front row:

Dave Baillie (90+kg, silver medal); Doug. Hepburn (90+kg, gold medal).

Top row:

Lionel St. Jean (Team Coach); Gerald Gratton (75kg, gold medal); Jules Sylvain (60kg, silver medal); Charlie Walker (Team Manager); Stan Gibson (60kg, 5th place); Jean-Guy Dubé (67.5kg, 6th place); Kevil Daly (90kg, gold medal).

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Louis Hostin (France): French Style Answer to the Triumph of the Will

History in Color:

August 3, 1936, Berlin, Germany – Brilliant Louis Hostin, 28-year old  light heavyweight of France, is on his way to win a gold medal in the 82.5kg class at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

The 1936 Olympics was the third and the last Olympics for Louis Hostin. He won a silver medal in Amsterdam in 1928 and a gold medal in Los Angeles in 1932.

In Berlin, Hostin faced a heavily favorite German candidate to win Eugene Deutsch, world record holder in the press lift. Hostin went 8 out of 9 that night in Berlin. He set Olympic records in the press, snatch and total and won with a 372.5kg total (110OR + 117.5OR+ 145). The award ceremony was held the next day at the Olympic Stadium in front of Adolf Hitler and it certainly was a spoiler for him to see French champion on the top of the podium.

3x French Olympian Louis Hostin (1908-1998) was the most successful French athlete in the history of Olympic weightlifting. In addition to 2 Olympic golds (1932, 1936) and 1 Olympic silver, Hostin won 2 European titles (1930, 1935) and won 1 silver (1937) and 1 bronze (1938) medals at the World Championships before the World War 2. On the national level, he held 13 consecutive French titles in 1927-1939.

Hostin managed to set 10 world records in his career in Olympic weightlifting.