Category Archives: travel

Houston 2015 behind-the-scenes: The Warmup Room

When I went to my first World Championshipss way back in 2010 the experience was very much a guerrilla affair: I arrived with no tickets, no media pass, and no clue how I was going to gain entry into anything. … Continue reading

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Houston: The Kazakhstan of America and the 2015 World Championships

Much like last year, I very nearly didn’t make it to this year’s World Championships, held in glorious Houston, Texas. After an unseasonably warm autumn in the Midwest, the climate here went from Tatooine to Hoth in what felt like a … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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