Great Olympians

Biographies - ALE

Félix Alegría

Olympic Competitor nr 5030

Virgilius Alekna

B. 1972-02-13, Terpeikiai, then USSR, Lithuania
Athletics (2 gold, 1 bronze)
1996 2000 2004 2008 HP
Discus Throw fifth gold gold bronze 36810

Veniamin Aleksandrov

B. 1937-04-18, Soviet Union
Ice Hockey (2 gold, 1 bronze)
1960 1964 1968 HP
team bronze gold gold 11520

Aleksandr Alenitsyn

Olympic Competitor nr 5237

Ioannis Alepous

Olympic Competitor nr 3098

Duc Antoine Alessandri

Olympic Competitor nr 732

Gordon Alexander

Olympic Competitor nr 5652

(he should have received number 5423, but I made a mistake earlier)

Gustav Alexander

Olympic Competitor nr 4773

Vasili Alexeev

B. 1942-01-07, Russia, Soviet-Union
Weight-Lifting (2 gold)
1972 1976 HP
+110 kg gold gold 19200

The first lifter to total 600 kg on the three lifts, and 400 kg on the two lifts. His total of 440 kg remained an Olympic record from 1976 to 1996. He was also World and European Champion from 1970 onwards.
When he wasn't training, he was collecting crystal goblets and Armenian cognac, reading Lenin and the translated works of Jack London, and listening to the recordings of Tom Jones. His supreme confidence touched every part of his life. Not only was Alexeev the world's greatest superheavyweight, he also considered himself the finest gardener, cook, carpenter, singer and billiards player in perhaps the entire U.S.S.R.
Strengthtech have a site on weightlifting with lots of photos on Alexeev.

Written 2002-10-27 - last modified 2011-08-15

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