Juhani Avellan (Finland)


The History in Color cover photo depicts one of the best Finnish weightlifters 0f the 1970s Juhani Avellan competing at one of the meets between Team Finland and Team Sweden.

Juhani Avellan (1945-2004) was a 3x Olympian for Team Finland. He competed at the Summer Olympics in Munich (1972, 8th), Montreal (1976, 5th) and Moscow (1980, 8th). All three times, Juhani lift in the 82.5kg class.

In 1975, Avellan brought home a bronze European medal from Moscow.

Juhani Avellan won the Nordic Championships in 1971, 1973 and 1977 and won nine Finnish Championships in 1970-1982.

Juhani Avellan set 3 world records.

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