March 9th, 2019

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Boston (USA) Loves the New Biography of Kaarlo Kangasniemi

As hardcore Olympic weightlifting and Iron Game followers know, the new book by Kaarlo Kangasniemi has been published in January 2019. It is called “Idrottens ljus och skuggor” in Swedish or “Urheilun valot ja varjot” in Finnish. The working title translation in English is “The lights and shadows of sports“.

It’s a 350 pages biography book and it’s a non-stop-reading treasure. So far, it is available in Finnish and Swedish and other languages versions are in upcoming publications plans.

Guess what – a few weeks ago the book reached Boston, USA where most people read books in English and reading in Finnish might be an overall challenge.

Not so whatsoever to the goalie Tuukka Rask (on the cover) of the Boston Bruins NHL hockey team. Raskwas able to read Kalle’s book, improve his GAA in the NHL and told us the opinion of the expert:

“You don’t have to wait for English translation. Learn Finnish and enjoy it now!”

Several Bostonians followed Tuukka’s lead!

In the meantime, what do readers in Finland and Sweden think about the book?


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Trofim Lomakin (USSR, Russia): Are You Ready For Melbourne?

History in Color:

Summer 1956, Moscow, Russia – Olympic champion Trofim Lomakin is training with the Soviet weightlifting team in Moscow for the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melborne, Australia.

At the time when the black-and-white photo was made, Trofim Lomakin was already 32. He became world famous after winning the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

The whole world was amazed with his phenomenal physique. Lomakin was delegated to carry the national flag at the closing ceremony of the 1952 Olympics.

At the same time, weightlifting experts get know more about him. With all the natural talent and impressive appearance and poundage, there was another side of Trofim Lomakin. He faced his own demons when he was out of the training gym. His friend and rival Arkady Vorobyev wrote that Lomakin didn’t really like the weightlifting and enjoyed parties and drinking much more than the sport.

The Soviet coaches didn’t leave this unnoticed. Lomakin didn’t make it to Melbourne in 1956.

To be fair to Lomakin, he learned the lesson and won his second Olympic medal four years later in Rome at the age of 36.