Monday, December 12, 2011

Weightlifting Icon Vasily Alekseyev

Sad to recently read that Olympic weightlifting champion Vasily Alekseyev died in Germany on Nov. 25.


I recall viewing Alekseyev's super heavyweight feats as a kid, and his gold medal lifts in Munich and Montreal are burned in the brains of many who viewed highlight reels of Olympics from the 1970s.


Through The New York Times obituary for Alekseyev, I learned he was undefeated from 1970 to 1978. Also found that his wife's name is near match for my Yahoo! email address: Olimpiada.


An online video of an archived sports TV report also shared some insight into the life of the man who set the record for breaking sports world records.


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