The Mint turns three!

Holy Crap! Can it really be? Is “The Mint 400,” recently re-christened “The Human Circus” after hookgrip’s hostile takeover generous hosting offer, really three years old? Where in shit’s sake does the time go? No doubt the people responsible for Rome’s embarrassing attempt at building a third metro line are right now wondering the same thing…

this is so common that one might mistakenly think "sciopero" and "deposito" are actually bus lines.

this is so common that one might mistakenly think “sciopero” and “deposito” are actually bus lines.

Of course, if you’re reading this you probably have a very good idea of where a lot of that time goes: watching videos of Klokov. And now that he’s turning himself into a YouTube celebrity by participating in fringe sports like CrossFit and Diving (to say nothing of Olympic Weightlifting) there are a lot of videos of him to watch. Not that Klokov is the only lifter to watch (even if he is the most handsome). There are enough Olympic Weightlifting videos out there now to squander pass whole days in front of the computer (as I well know…).

This is a far cry from the days of yore, back in the infancy of the World Wide Web (the early 2000s, if you will), when only a few backwater sites on The Net hosted any kind of weightlifting videos.

The director's cut of 1995's hit "The Net" features an extended scene of Sandra Bullock downloading Klokov videos over a 2800-baud modem using a Prodigy account. (image: http://www.cultureblues.com/)

The director’s cut of 1995’s hit “The Net” features an extended scene of Sandra Bullock downloading Klokov videos over a 2800-baud modem using a Prodigy account. (image: http://www.cultureblues.com/)

Benn Overkamp’s now defunct website was one, which at the time was probably the only non-porn site that regularly featured the words “snatch” and “jerk” in such close proximity. At some point I also found a site that had footage from the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and I nearly filled my tiny hard drive with all the available sessions. I probably watched Taner Sagir’s victory in the 77s about 100 times. A week. Four years later I was able to stream every second of Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Games, and then four years later NBC realized it could pump the Games for even more money by offering a shittier webcast combined with nonstop commercials for citibank and Coke.

Also, this happened (photo: MIKE GROLL / AP)

Also, this happened (photo: MIKE GROLL / AP)

But I digress. The Mint 400 Human Circus is three. Three years ago today I stepped off a plane in Antalya, began sweating profusely, and proceeded to watch some of the greatest lifters on the planet do things I’d previously only seen on a computer screen. Since then the Mint has taken in a fair share of weightlifting across the globe, in such exotic locales as Romania, Paris, Canada, Kentucky, and, of course, Columbus, Ohio. It’s also been very nearly hijacked by Mike Graber, who is an exotic locale all his own.

the most powerful man in USAW.

the most powerful man in USAW.

So happy birthday, The Mint 400 Human Circus. Let’s hope for another three good years, by which point we’ll all be commuting on Rome’s C line. Just kidding. Klokov will win a gold medal in diving before that happens. All the same, enjoy a tall glass of screaming Akkaev, on the house.

"I WAS TOLD THERE WOULD BE CAKE!!!"

“I WAS TOLD THERE WOULD BE CAKE!!!”

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