History of Olympic Weightlifting
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Europe vs. Americas, Gettysburg, USA, 1975: Featuring middleweight Yordan Mitkov (Bulgaria) in 1975. A year later, 20-year old Mitkov won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Mitkov was a memorable representative of the first decade of Ivan Abadziev school of weightlifting. Training becomes more intensive and streamlined specifically for Olympic lifts, the age of champions becomes younger and younger.
* 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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