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World Wide Weightlifting: Rigert-o-Mania









David Rigert (1973)

David Rigert (1973)





Rigertomania in Kemerovo: Olympic Champion Alexander Voronin

Rigertomania in Kemerovo: Olympic Champion Alexander Voronin





Rigertomania in Kazakhstan: World record holder Dzhamal Panakhov

Rigertomania in Kazakhstan: World record holder Dzhamal Panakhov





Rigertomania in Hungary: Olympic Champion Peter Baczako

Rigertomania in Hungary: Olympic Champion Peter Baczako





Rigertomania in Azerbajdzhan: USSR Cup Champion Sergey Ayrapetov (Spartak Baku)

Rigertomania in Azerbajdzhan: USSR Cup Champion Sergey Ayrapetov (Spartak Baku)





Rigertomania in Latvia: USSR Champion Vladimir Anikin (Dinamo Riga)

Rigertomania in Latvia: USSR Champion Vladimir Anikin (Dinamo Riga)





Rigertomania in USA: U.S. superheavyweigh Bruce Wilhelm

Rigertomania in USA: U.S. superheavyweigh Bruce Wilhelm





Rigertomania in Moscow: Team Engineering Academy (MISI)

Rigertomania in Moscow: Team Engineering Academy (MISI)





Rigertomanis in colleges: Chidlovski

Rigertomanis in colleges: Chidlovski





David Rigert in (Munich 1972)

David Rigert in (Munich 1972)


















“I loved to add some showbiz stuff to the weightlifting,” said recently legendary David Rigert about his days on the competitive platform.


For a starter, David Rigert is an Olympic champion, 6x World Champion, 9x European Champion, 5x USSR Champion, 5x USSR Cup Winner in total, USSR Spartakiad Champion. He set 64 world records…


Besides all his titles, medals and honors, he had an unforgettable appearance at the competitions. It was a mix of impressive physique and pure charisma of his personality.


Obviously, his career wasn’t perfect. He won he won 1 Olympics out of 3. But even his vulnerabilities added something to his memorable presence in the history of Olympic weightlifting.


He was a truly inspirational figure, the ‘right stuff’. He had this look and feel that everybody wanted to have. Charisma and strength and confidence…


One of the most memorable looks of Rigert was when he wore the Russian marines shirt at the competitions in his early days in the 1970s.


It became a trend that got caught up all over the Soviet Union and world wide.


The photos included in this article showcase “rigert-o-maniacs” from all over the world.


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