Happy 4th of July!
This is a Happy 4th of July Olympic weightlifting style message!
U.S. weightlifting has a long and impressive history of legendary teams, coaches and athletes. One of them was John Terpak (1912-1993) and, by the way, he was also born on July 4!
The History in Color series showcases a color version of the clean-and-jerk demo lifting by John Terpak of the York Barbell back in the glorious days of the legendary weightlifting place in York, PA. John Terpak was a significant part of the York Barbell. First, as a decorated athlete and then as the right hand of Bob Hoffman in management and administration, as a vice president, CEO, and chairman of the board of York Barbell.
As an athlete, John Terpak was a graduate of the York Barbell Club. He was a 2x World Champion (1937, 1947) and a 2x U.S. Olympian. He competed for the nation at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin (5th place in the 75kg) and at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London (4th place in the 82.5kg).
And to internationalize the 4th of July celebration, besides John Terpak, Happy Birhday to the following weightlifters:
Jusus Enrique Conde Medina (MEX, 7/4/1949); Tan Ser Cher (SIN, 7/4/1933);
Bunyami Sezer (TUR, 7/4/1988); John Henry Tooley (GBR, 7/4/1897);
Aijun Yuan (CHN, 7/4/1977);