History of Olympic Weightlifting
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Brilliant technician and outstanding athlete Blagoy Blagoev (Bulgaria) remains one of the true inspirations on how to perform the lifts. The footage features ill-fated performance of the 20 year old Blagoev at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal Canada. Young athlete finished second to Valery Shary (USSR), the athlete in his prime and the absolute favorite of the class. However the celebration didn't last long - after the competitions, Blagoev failed the drug test and was stripped off his silver medal.
* 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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