Monthly Archives: November 2014

Kashirina takes all the records; the banquet to end all festivities…

Aaawww, Mama, Can This Really Be the End? How can it be? How is it that another World Championships has come and gone, seemingly in the blink of an eye? Staying awake long enough for terminal psychosis to nearly set … Continue reading

Posted in olympic weightlifting, travel, weightlifting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Illin and the battle in the 105s…

If and when the history of Olympic weightlifting is written there are certain competitions that must surely form part of the sport’s mythology. Consider the 1987 World Championships, where Bulgaria’s Antonio Krastev snatched 216, the Soviet Union’s Leonid Taranenko clean … Continue reading

Posted in olympic weightlifting, travel, weightlifting | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rumblings in Almaty; the training hall…

The ravages of sleep deprivation, which have driven me to the very edges of sanity, call for only a short update at the moment. I fear if I go to long my normally brilliant intelligible mutterings will devolve into total gibberish, … Continue reading

Posted in olympic weightlifting, travel, weightlifting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The fabulous Grand Ai Ser hotel; training and the venue…

Cripes! Day one of my Kazakh adventure was a blur, most of which I passed in a sort of fugue state. I attribute this to a number of factors: twenty four hours of travel, a twelve-hour time change, falling asleep to … Continue reading

Posted in olympic weightlifting, travel, weightlifting | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Arrival in Almaty… finally…

It’s 5:30AM local time and after a voyage that was only slightly less grueling than landing on a comet halfway across the solar system, I have arrived in glorious Almaty, Kazakhstan. This is not a place that’s easy to get … Continue reading

Posted in olympic weightlifting, Rome, weightlifting | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments