History of Olympic Weightlifting
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Valery Shary (USSR) was one of the strongest light heavyweights in the world in the 1970s. A native of Belorussia, he managed to win the place on the Team USSR roster during the times when there were 3-4 equally strong athletes in each weight class to represent the nation on the international arena. Very much like his friend and teammate David Rigert, Shary rather underperformed at the three Olympics - bombed out in Munich 1972 and didn't make the national team in the last moment at the Moscow Olympics in 1976. The footage features the climax of Shary's career - gold medal performance at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
* The Clip-O-Rama section of the Lift Up website presents an educational and research multimedia library of mini-clips featuring various oldtime Olympic lifters and events of the 20th century. The original footage is a courtesy of various media resources including Arthur Drechsler Collection (USA), British Pathe (Great Britain), Nicholas Curry Collection (USA), Geoff Fleming Collection (USA), Getty Images, Gosteleradio (Russia), International Olympic Committee, Robert Kabbas Collection (Australia), Frank Rothwell Collection (Ireland), John Way Collection (Australia), Weightlifting Exchange (USA) and more. Special thanks go to GoHeavy Olympic Weightlifting Forum for their help in preparation materials for the Clip-O-Rama.
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