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Yuri Vlasov – legend of sport

Yury Vlasov
Yuri Vlasov is a unique person – military engineer, World Record holder and Olympic champion, writer and historian, politician. He was one of the greatest heroes in the history of the planet. Real Russian bogatyr, who was able to set 31 World Records during his career.
Yuri was born on December 5, 1935 in the town of Makeyevka, Donetsk region.
About his father – Peter, who had reached a rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USSR, Vlasov wrote in his book “Special Region of China”. Thanks to his father Yuri is fluent in Chinese. Yuri was interested in reading and wanted to become a diplomat, like his father.
Vlasov studied at the Saratov Suvorov Military School, was good at skiing and ice skating.
In 1953, after graduating from school, Yuri left Saratov and entered the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy in Moscow, where he became interested in weightlifting. Vlasov began to train hard.

In 1957, Yury set his first union record. In August, he was awarded the title of Master of Sports by the legendary Marshal Semyon Budyonny. In the same year, Vlasov met his future wife, Natalia Modorova.
At 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome Vlasov beat world records three times and was proclaimed the Strongest Man on the Planet.
At the 1964 Summer Olympics Yury won silver and retired from the Olympic Team.
In 1967 Vlasov set his last World Record in the bench press – 199 kg. In 1968, Vlasov retired from sport and military service.
Results of his sports career: set 41 Soviet records and 31 World records, won 4 World Championships and 6 European Championships. Vlasov was named the best athlete of the country, year, and the twentieth century.
Later he became a writer and a politician.
Vlasov has written several books – Overcoming yourself, Salty Joys, Flaming Cross, Rus’ without a leader, etc.
In 1993, he was elected to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
At the age 69 Vlasov was able to lift 185 kg.

Yuri Vlasov – legend of sport