History of Olympic Weightlifting
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Exhibitional Weightlifting, Afghanistan 1953: Sponsored by the AAU and the U.S. State Department, Team USA made several trips abroad in the 1950s including first visit of a US team ever to Russia, trips to various countries in the Middle East. Led by Bob Hoffman, US team conducted open meets with local teams and showcased the advantages of Olympic weightlifting. The footage shows demonstrational lifts made in Afghanistan by Chuck Vinci, Tommy Kono, Dave Sheppard, Clyde Emrych and more.
* 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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