Look Book: Soviet Olympic Champion Yuri Vlasov

Olympic champion Yuri Vlasov. 1960
Photo by Dmitry Baltermants.
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Wiki: Yury Petrovich Vlasov is a Soviet writer and retired heavyweight weightlifter and politician. He competed at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics and won a gold medal in 1960 and a silver in 1964; at both games he was the Olympic flag bearer for the Soviet Union. During his career Vlasov won four world titles and set 31 ratified world records. He retired in 1968 and became a prominent writer and later a politician. He was a member of the Congress of People’s Deputies of the Soviet Union (1989) and then of the Russian State Duma (1993) and took part in the 1996 Russian presidential election.

Here is a photograph that Arnold Schwarzenegger gave to Vlasov at their 1988 meeting, signed “To my Idol Yuri Vlasov”:

 

 

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