Dmitry Ivanov — Soviet Sports Writer and Athlete

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Dmitry Ivanov

Dmitry Ivanov: Soviet Sports Writer and Athlete

On the “History in Color” cover photo, Soviet lightweight champion Dmitry Ivanov performs a split style snatch in the training hall in the early 1950s.

Dmitry Ivanov (1928-1993) was one of the most known journalists that provided coverage of Olympic weightlifting in the Soviet press for decades.

Ivanov wrote articles for the “Soviet Sports Daily” that was the major daily Soviet newspaper and the major information source on sports events in the world. So, several generations of Olympic weightlifters and fans were getting info and protocols of the Olympic and World Championships and local tournaments through Ivanov’s writings.

Besides newspaper reports, Dmitry Ivanov wrote several bestselling non-fiction books about Olympic weightlifters.

Prior to his journalist career, Ivanov was a distinguished athlete and champion. He competed in the 67.5kg class for the Moscow Spartak club and won the USSR championships in 1953 and 1954. In 1952, he won the bronze medal at the USSR nationals.

On the international level, Ivanov won the World championship in Wienna (1954) and European Championship in 1953 and 1954.

Dmitry Ivanov also set 4 world records (3 in the press and 1 in the snatch lift.)

Rob Macklem
«Many years ago I collected OL stuff. It collects mothballs, no time. The article from feb 1955 talks about him surviving the siege of Leningrad. «The secret of Ivanov’s athletic achievements lies in his persistent training and strict observance of daily schedule’.»

Upon the advice of his new coach Honored Master of sport Mekhanik he gave up his old training methods. ( He moved to Moscow). He trains every day of week except Sunday. He alternates 2 types of sessions. Day 1 press,snatch, CJ day 2 speed movements and coordination, overall physical development, jumps, track and field work, Always wondered how accurate this info to be


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