January 20th, 2021

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U.S. Weightlifting Legends: All-Time Best Champions


On the History in Color cover photo, there are 9 Summer Olympics in various weight classes, 5 Olympic and 15 World titles, 5 Pan American Games golds and 50+ world records.


On the History in Color cover photo, there are three legendary U.S. athletes (left to right):



  • Norbert Schemansky, 4x Olympian, Olympic champion in Helsinki (1952),

    Olympic silver (1948) and 2x bronze (1960, 1964) medalist,

    3x World champion (1951, 1953, 1954), Pan American Games champion (1955), 13 world records

  • John Davis, 2x Olympian, Olympic champion in London (1948) and Helsinki (1952)

    6x World champion (1938, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951), Pan American Games champion (1951), 16 world records and

  • Tommy Kono, 3x Olympian, Olympic champion in Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956),

    Olympic silver medalist (1960), 6x World champion (1953-1955, 1957-1959), 3x Pan American Games champion (1955, 1959, 1953), 23 world records


By many accounts, the three weightlifting legends on this History in Color cover photo can be considered the all-time best athletes that ever competed for the United States in Olympic weightlifting.