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RIP Vasily Alekseyev (weightlifter in the Opening of Wide World of Sports)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by ringer, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. ringer

    ringer Active Member


    I'm surprised this hasn't hit the major US papers.
    The dude was a total character.
  2. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

  3. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    One of my dad's favorite athlete's, for reasons I was never able to quite understand. Alekseyev used to get bonuses from the Soviet government for every world record he would break, so he would purposely only break a record by a fraction of a kilogram so he could claim that bonus and then break it again easily a few meets down the road.
  4. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Dude probably drank steroid milkshakes, but RIP anyway.

    Saved for posterity for the next time a local powerlifting coach bitches about not getting any coverage.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    God must have needed something cleaned and jerked ... RIP.
  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    The ultimate clean and jerk store called.

  7. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member


    One of my favorite SI covers.

    Power lifting was a great Wide World of Sports event.

  8. JosephC.Myers

    JosephC.Myers Active Member

    My mom told me about how he carried the Soviet flag at the Olympics and just carried it with only one hand as opposed to the two most people might use. A man's man if there ever was one.
  9. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    I googled him not that long ago to see what happened to him. Such a memorable guy. RIP.
  10. UPChip

    UPChip Well-Known Member

    Considering how little covering that singlet is actually doing, I ask, what's the point?
  11. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Given what he was probably taking during his career, I'm surprised he lived this long.
  12. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    First thing I thought of. One of the greatest bits on SNL ever.
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