Thursday, March 22, 2012

David Rigert 65 years!

I don't know of any weightlifter of any nationality in the late 60's and early 70's who wasn't influenced by David Rigert of the former Soviet Republic. While his contemporary, the late Vasily Alexeev, recieved more widespread general public adulation; serious lifters everywhere knew and respected Rigert. His build, his demeanor, and of course his performances were legendary. No one personified what most of us think a lifter should look like better than Rigert. He also had a reputation for fighting with and beating up teamates,coaches, opponents, officials, and anyone else who dared to get in his way. He had, and still has, that look about him of someone you don't want to mess with. It is hard to believe that 40+ years have passed since I first picked up a barbell and was inspired by this "lifter's lifter". Never a master technician, he simply over powered weights with his ungodly strength and will.He is now the coach of the Russian national team and still has the power to intimidate lifters and opponents.
Long live Rigert.
(If his chain smoking doesn't eventually catch up with him, what will? Maybe a jealous husband?) lol
Below is a text that was written in Russian and translated by Google.

March 12 marked 65 years of head coach of Russia, the famous David Riegert. Fans of weightlifting to relate differently to coaching Riegert, but hardly anyone can admit that this is one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.

Congratulations to David Adamovich on his birthday, we wish you good health, success in work and gold (finally) the 2012 Olympic medals.


Original Text:Поздравляем Давида Адамовича с юбилеем, желаем крепкого здоровья, успехов в работе и золотых (наконец) медалей Олимпиады-2012.Show alternative translations



  1. great lifter, great physique!

  2. One of the best lifters of all times! Rigert was powerful, strong and built like the olympic athelete that he was. Many say that what he lacked in form he made up in power. But in the end, power is what matters in this game. Hats off to this olympic Lifting legend!