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.
Photo: Center for Sacramento History PastPerfect-Online collection
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.