Coaches and Athletes: Freifeld and Ivanchenko


Gennady Ivanchenko and his coach Mikhail Freifeld are about to start the training session.

Freifeld was the head coach of the Dynamo Riga sports club and Ivanchenko was perhaps the most successful among his athletes.  They met when Ivanchenko came to Riga to study in the famous local Sea Captains school.

The rest of the story is well known. Ivanchenko didn’t become a sea captain. He stopped by the local weightlifting club run by coach Freifeld and became a world famous Olympic weightlifter.


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