Brush up on your weightlifting trivia!
Provides you with all sorts of information. Like when and why they picked up the sport, what kind of injuries they suffered, superstitions, hobbies etc…
Didn’t know that Hysen Plulaku, for example, “suffered serious head injuries which required surgery after being involved in a car crash in 2010”.
Or that Lu Xiaojun “began in athletics as a sprinter and did not begin weightlifting until he was 18 years old”. Woot?
Update: That turned out to be false. Read about Lu’s history here (he started at 13).
Ilya Ilyin lists break dancing as one of his hobbies.
Post your findings in the comments.
Updtae: Some of your findings:
Behdad Salimi won gold at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou despite suffering from the effects of swine flu which caused him to collapse during one of his clean and jerk lifts.
Peter Nagy (Hungary): a Pizza was named after him.
Tang Deshang (who is not lifting in London) started because “i saw that the children who practiced weightlifting got to have meat in their meals”