Today’s Olympics schedule includes weightlifting, with medal events in the Men’s 69kg and Women’s 63kg categories. Weightlifting has been an event at the modern Olympic Games since the beginning, but women have only been allowed to compete in the sport since 2000. Each competitor gets three attempts at each of two kinds of lifts: the snatch, and the clean and jerk. In the snatch, the lifter must lift the bar straight from the floor to overhead. The clean and jerk stops the weight at the shoulders before pressing the bar overhead.
Tommy Kono is shown above doing a snatch lift at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, where he won the gold medal for the United States. Kono won another gold in the 1956 games and silver in 1960. He then went on to coach the US weightlifting team in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
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I can’t even come up with a caption for this photograph. I think it’s pretty clear, though, that I will never be this cool.
EDIT: Apparently this photo is not from the Helsinki Olympic games but rather from a short exhibition not too long after them.
Paper here. Really cool stuff, although I’m not quite sure what to make of it.
Also, here’s some desiccation cracks found on Mars from some research done three years ago. I’ve never really heard about deep-sea sediment patterns like that, so I’m curious — how do these things form? How are they different from, say, plain old mud cracks like the ones in the 2009 study? How would you tell them apart just from using overhead photos? Is it just the size that’s important? I guess the northern hemisphere does make sense for a large ocean of some kind, but still.
Once I’m done this course I think it’s time to hit the geology and planetary science books again, because holy shit am I rusty on this stuff.
Wang Mingjuan trying out for the Chinese women’s Olympic weightlifting team at the national sports training center in Beijing. At 48kg (105 lbs), Mingjuan qualified for the team and is competing the London Olympics.
China has developed some of the toughest women weightlifters in the world. TIME contract photographer James Nachtwey documented China’s team as they prepared for the 2012 Olympic games in London.
I don’t know what she’s doing with it, but it appears that there’s 200kg on that bar (assuming it’s the men’s bar and not the women’s), and I can only assume that to do anything with 200kg you pretty much have to be a boss.
Above is a song that makes BTN push presses not suck. Therefore, it is a good song.
Things I did today:
- unfucked my snatch a bit more. My pulling strength is absurdly disproportionate to how much I actually snatch, so it’s nice to see that number go up from abysmal to slightly more acceptable. Things unfucked: changing my grip (like everything I do, it’s TOO DAMN WIDE. Bringing it in helped), changing my foot position ( narrow, heels close to wide and splayed out like an asshole), trying to fix my donkey-kicking problem. I just want to clean and jerk and squat forever; is that really so wrong?
- squatted 95kgx5 and was told I’ve easily got a 115-120kg single in me; followed that up by 95kgx4, 95kgx3, and 80kgx8. Good feels. This is the last time I’ll have a belt for a while, so I’m really not sure what to do with myself now. ALAS.
- shared my platform with snide assholes who couldn’t count plates
- BTN push presses should only be done with a bar with no center knurling (ie the women’s bar) unless you really enjoy scraping all the skin off the back of your neck in one fell swoop
- cutting blows but what else do you do when you’re too poor to buy food GOODBYE GAINS
A geological oddity - Lake Retba, or as the French call it, Lac Rose.
Not really geological so much as biological. Lake Retba is hypersaline, which makes it a perfect place for Dunaliella salina, a salt-loving (halophilic) microalgae to live, which is what gives it that pink colour. (Dunaliella is also often used in dietary supplements and cosmetics.)