These were lifters my generation idolized growing up. Men like Rigert, Alexeev, Vardanian, along with their American competitors like Dube, Patera, Bednarski, Grippaldi, and Lowe. Of course back then all we saw were still photos. Now, 50 years later, it's still exciting to see these men in their prime captured on film. Their lifting and physical presence is still impressive today. In spite of the "Cold War" that was still in progress at the time, it was impossible not to want to emulate their lifting prowess. I know that for myself, at least, I believed that deep down they really wanted the same things as me. To lift heavy and be happy.