Peter George and John Davis: Two Legends of Weightlifting USA


People should be beautiful in every way – in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts, and in their innermost selves.
Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright

One of the greatest playwrights in the world history, A. Chekhov once said it.

Had he been attending weightlifting sessions in the early Russian athletic clubs, he might have added:

“Weightlifters should be beautiful in every way – in their press lifts, snatch lifts, clean-and-jerk lifts, in their bodies and their souls.”

One can only guess what he might have said had he known John Davis and Peter George or seen this photo.

Peter and John also had an interesting common phenomenon. Both loved opera singing!

In fact after the world championship in Stockholm, they organized a small concert where both sang opera arias!

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3 Responses

  1. brad wilson says:

    In the article about Pete George and John Davis, you have the following sentence:

    Peter and George also had an interesting common phenomenon. Both loved opera singing!

    I think you meant to say “Peter and John …”

  2. Peter George says:

    Singing in Stockholm
    Hi Arthur,
    Thanks for posting the photo of John Davis and me. I don’t recall having previously seen it. It brings back a lot of dramatic memories!
    A slight correction to your last line: John and I loved to sing opera aria and our singing was overheard by a sports reporter who knew Jusi Bjorling’s accompanist who then arranged for us to sing with a full orchestra in Stockholm’s China International Variety Theater.

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