Weightlifting Exhibitionists


History in Color:

Gorky Park, Moscow, 1936 – Pioneers of Soviet weightlifting perform demo lifts in the famous Moscow entertainment and leisure park.

plakat-sov-ta-bukhOn the right, Alexander Bukharov is commenting the event and spotting the athletes.

Alexander Bukharov (1892-1952)was one of the key figures among pioneers of Olympic weightlifting in the USSR. As an athlete he competed in the featherweight and won 2 Russian and 7 USSR titles in 1916-1926 and set 24 USSR records.

Bukharov was highly respected among weightlifters and officials.

He was known as Uncle Sasha among athletes and earned a reputation of a phenomenal weightlifting manager after he retired from active lifting.


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