Because we live in the internet social media age and everything therein revolves around shiny and new information I am writing this blog to provide you with a little biographical information about these two veteran coach/athletes from bygone Olympics. It's only been a hot minute since the biggest things on the fitness/weighttlifting web were Grid, Klokov, MDS and the catapult technique. And now? Exactly.
Carissa Gordan Gump
|Carissa snatching at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games|
For more details on her life and career arc, here is a nice interview by Matt Foreman from some years back. I am presenting the following stats from that interview for your consideration, inspiration and for some of you boys who think you are all that, some deserved humiliation (humble is good!)
Competition Personal Bests:Snatch: 92kg
Clean & Jerk: 120kg
Training Personal Bests:
Clean & Jerk: 128kg
Front Squat: 2x150kg
Back Squat: 1x179.5kg
Push Press: 115kg
Power Jerk: 115kg
Power Clean: 115kg
Power Snatch: 83kg
|Zygmunt on his way to the Gold Medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics|
Zygmunt was born in 1941. Which makes him 77 this year. But physically he is really closer to 17 when you watch him move around a weightroom, making corrections, leading a group warmup, demonstrating technique. Energy personified. A force of nature. Seriously.
Competing for Poland in the old 52kg class, Zygmunt was the Olympic Gold Medalist in 1972 at Munich. He is also a 4 time Gold and 1 time Bronze medalist at the World Championships and a 4 time European Champion. He also held the world record snatch for a time at 103kg.
He is the former Polish National coach and in 2010 became USA Weightlifting's National Resident Athlete coach. Zygmunt is an amazing resource, a seemingly bottomless wellspring of knowledge when it comes to not only weightlifting, but all around athletic movement.
|Zygmunt teaching my athlete Phil Locker the finer points of a dynamic start at the OTC.|