History in Color
Paul Anderson of Team USA, also known as “Miracle of Nature” for his phenomenal strength, is being admired by two Soviet champs, Arkady Vorobyev (left) and Trofim Lomakin.
The original photo was made during the historical USA vs. USSR Olympic weightlifting matches in the Summer of 1955.
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!