Soviet Weightlifters in Montreal


History in Color:
Soviet Olympic weightlifters in Montreal (1976, left to right):

Valery Shary (82.5kg, Minsk Belarus), Petr Korol (67.5kg, Lvov, Ukraine), David Rigert (90kg, Shakhty, Russia), Igor Kudyukov, (Head Coach, Moscow, Russia), Vasily Alexeev (110+kg, Ryazan, Russia)


  • The original black-and-white  photo came from the archive of Peter Korol;
  • The Summer Olympics in Montreal were held in July 1976. I highly doubt that it was that cold in July in Canada – so that the Soviet athletes had to be dressed so warm. So, my guess the photo was made in the winter before the Olympics. Perhaps, it was a scouting visit to overview the venue of the upcoming tournament;
  • Interestingly enough all four lifters won gold medals in Montreal.

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