Russ Knipp (USA): At the Ulm International in 1972
History in Color:
March 4, 1972, Ulm, Germany – U.S. middleweight Russ Knipp competes in the 75kg weight class at the pre-Olympic international tournament in Ulm, Germany.
2x U.S. Olympian Russ Knipp (1942-2006) of Pittsburgh, PA was a popular Olympic weightlifter among the athletes and the Iron Game followers. He was an outstanding world class presser and set 4 world records in his remarkable weightlifting career.
Despite a significant disadvantage of a poor elbows lock-up, Russ had an outstanding career with the Team USA Weightlifting and competed for the United States at two Summer Olympic tournaments and took the 4th place in Mexico City (1968) and the 8th place in Munich (1972).
Russ Knipp also won the gold medals at the Pan American Games in 1967 and 1971. He was a 3x U.S. National Champion in 1967, 1968, 1971.