July 12th, 2019

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Sports Photographer Gogi Gurgenyan Turns 80

Happy 80th Birthday to Gogi Gurgenyan!

Original photography by Gogi with our color is a significant part of the History in Color series that some of you might be enjoying at Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski and Lift Up.

It’s five decades of Olympic weightlifting through the eyes of brilliant photographer.

The originals are black-and-white.

We just added color.

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Paul Anderson and Alexey Medvedev: Historic Handshake in Moscow (1955)

History in Color

June 16, 1955, Moscow, Russia – Heavyweights Paul Anderson of the United States and Alexey Medvedev of the Soviet Union exchange a friendly handshake before the first USA vs. USSR Olympic weightlifting match in the Green Theater in Moscow.

It was the first ever visit of the American sports teams to Russia during the Cold War time. It was a common routine back then that the foreign nationals were followed and observed by the Soviet secret police. In 1955, for a different reason, thousands of Russian spectators were following Paul Anderson in Moscow to get a glimpse of the Miracle of Nature, the strongest men they’ve ever seen!

In the first heavyweight micro match, Anderson outlifted Medvedev by 65kg in the 90+kg class:

90+ kg 6/15/1955 1 Paul ANDERSON 517.5 182.5+142.5+192.5
90+ kg 6/15/1955 2 Alexey MEDVEDEV 452.5 147.5+135+170




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Frank Spellman (USA): Paris, 1946

History in Color:

October 18, 1946, Paris, France – 24 year old middleweight Frank Spellman of Team USA wins a bronze medal in the 75kg weight class at the 1946 World Championships in Paris.

Frank Spellman (1922-2017) competed for the United States weightlifting team in the late 1940s.  Spellman representeed the USA at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and won a gold medal in the middleweight class.

As a member of the American national team, he also won a  bronze medal at the 1946 World Championship in Paris and a silver medal at the 1947 World Championship in Philadelphia.

On the national level, Frank Spellman was a 3x AAU champion. He won national titles in 1946 and 1948 and then retired from weightlifting to pursue career as a professional photographer, artist and musician. In 1961, when Frank was 39, he made a comeback to Olympic weightlifting and won his 3rd national title.

Spellman has been inducted  to the United States Weightlifting Hall of Fame, to the Helms Hall of Fame and into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

A complete profile of Frank Spellman in Olympic weightlifting is available at the Lift up.