December 31st, 2020

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Olympic Team USA Weightlifting in Berlin,1936

History in Color:

July 1936 – U.S. weightlifters, coaches and administrators have arrived to Berlin for the 1936 Summer Olympics (left to right):

Front row (sitting):

Walter Good (75kg, 14th),  Tony Terlazzo (60kg, 1st/Gold), John Terry (60kg, 7th),  Bob Mitchell (67.5kg, 8th), John Grimek (82.5+kg, 9th);

Top row (standing):

Dietrich Wortmann (AAU national weightlifting chairman), Joe Miller (82.5kg, 9th), Bill Good (82.5kg, 7th), Dave Mayor (82.5+ kg, 12th), Stanley Kratkowski (75kg, 5th), John Terpak (67.5, 5th).

Note:  Including athletes’ weight class and final placings at the 1936 Summer Olympics tournament

Obviously, the heroic performance of Jesse Owens in Berlin was one of the greatest moments of the Olympics in Berlin and in the history of sports overall. Other U.S. athletes demonstrated superb results in 1936 too.

One of them was a weightlifter Tony Terlazzo who became the first 1936 Olympic champion in weightlifting in Berlin. Terlazzo won with the 312.5kg total in the 60kg class.

The weightlifting contests took place in the Deutschland halle in front of over 8,000 fans. Team USA was just beginning its path to success in weightlifting and gold medal won by Tony Terlazzo was a huge boost for upcoming development of world class athletes.

Overall, in the unofficial team competition between the weightlifting countries, Team USA took the third place with Egypt as No.1 and Germany as No.2.

After the tournament, the International Weightlifting Federation published the Top 5 Best athletes list.

Khadr El Touni of Egypt was announced as top lifter .

25-year old Tony Terlazzo of Team USA became an overall No. 2 in the World!

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Lift Up: In Memoriam (2020)

Remembering Olympic weightlifting legends, athletes, coaches, administrators and many more, that we lost in 2020.

In Memoriam 2020
Patrick BASSEY , Nigeria

1957 – 2020
Pavel SYRCHIN, Soviet Union

1957 – 2020
Maurice MEGENNIS, Great Britain

1929 – 2020
Alexander AIVAZYAN, Soviet Union

1954 – 2020
Vasily MAZHEYKOV, Soviet Union

1948 – 2020
Ali MIRZAI, Iran

1929 – 2020
Antonio KRASTEV, Bulgaria

1961 – 2020
Stanley BAILEY , Trinidad and Tobago

1939 – 2020
Yassin M. MOHAMMED, Iraq

1963 – 2020
Manny SANTOS , Australia

1935 – 2020
Pieter Piet VAN DER KRUK, Netherlands

1941 – 2020
Sergey MARTYNENKO, Soviet Union

1963 – 2020
Sven-Erik WESTLIN, Sweden

1934 – 2020
Vladimir BELYAEV, Soviet Union

1940 – 2020
Ali Mohammad TEHRANI, Iran

1935 – 2020
Dzhamaletdin PANAKHOV, Soviet Union

1954 – 2020
Karel SAITL, Czechoslovakia

1924 – 2020

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