History is an oft-ignored subject, whether we’re talking about public education or the sport of weightlifting. New lifters may know the latest internet star, but inquire as to who was the first male to snatch double bodyweight, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal, or the first lifter to jerk 500lbs overhead? Often these questions remain unanswered.
Harvey Newton was recently asked to share his insights into some of the challenges presented to our sport during the 1980s, when he served as USA national coach and executive director. This was the height of the Cold War, another topic probably unknown to many on today’s platform.
The 1.5 hr. podcast, featured on SportsEdTV, is available here. https://sportsedtv.com/blog/a-look-back-at-weightlifting/