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The Many Woofy Faces Of Australian Weightlifter, Damon Kelly

BOOM! POW! BOOM! That’s pretty much the only way I could verbalize my instant thoughts when I first saw this Australian weightlifter.  His name is Damon Kelly and when I quickly did some thorough research (lol), I noticed that for a weightlifter, he’s quite stylish, to the point that I might even call him a “hipster” (or “bipster” for “bear hipster”).  Let me lay out the evidence, and you be the judge… [KEEP ON WOOFIN’!]

Goonday Moonday: Shane Hamman’s Big Package Got In The Way

Strongman and musclebrute expert, Rich, shared that video clip of the woofy Shane Hamman from the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the Real_Thick Yahoo Group.  In the video, Mr. Hamman was about to snatch the weights when something enormous got in the way.  Shane then gave a disappointed look, but little did he know, his musclebear fans just dreamily sighed a collective OMG.

Most of the following photos are from his MySpace Page.

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Dimitri Ivanov: Head Weight Lifting Champion

ESPN Brazil had a couple of print ads during the Beijing Olympics displaying some “unique” champion athletes who, despite such extraordinary skills, are considered by the majority to be “not good enough for Beijing.”  One of the three ads is my favorite.  It had a fictional athlete, and a seriously massively and beefy musclechub, named “Dimitri Ivanov.”  He was a “Head Weight Lifting Champion.”  Lol.  [AdsOfTheWorld]

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Woofy Winner Wednesday: Christian Cantwell

Based on the emails, comments, and poll (99-64), Christian Cantwell is our winner.  I did not vote myself, but if I did, I would have voted for Manuel Martinez.  Still, that was definitely a tough choice as Christian is undoubtedly a magnificent bearish specimen of a man,  And being the winner, here are some photos of the sexy Christian Cantwell.

[NOTE: Christian is the winner based on yesterday and part of today’s votes.  Most of the polls I put out will always be open for new blog visitors…  So who knows?  The poll results might eventually change…]

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Leonid Zhabotinsky: Classic Russian Super Heavyweight Weightlifter

Russian Weightlifters, Vasily Alexeev and Leonid Zhabotinsky

Vasily Alexeev is quite possibly one of the most famous Olympic Weightlifter of all-time.  He made his mark in 1972 and is now an easily recognized and iconic sports personality.  Researching more about the history of weightlifting, I have pleasantly learned about a handsome bear of a man who also happened to be the previous Olympic Weightlifting gold medalist: another fellow Russian by the name of Leonid Zhabotinsky.

Leonid Zhabotinsky (also endearingly referred to as “Big Zhabo”) possessed that cherubic looks that he seemed more huggable than intimidating.  A true teddy bear, if one was to make an apt analogy.  At 6’5″ and 350 pounds, he was considered a towering, muscular giant in the world of Super Heavyweight Olympic Weightlifting.  And even in his later years, he maintained his youthful appearance.

Thank you to Lift Up and Visualrian for all of the Leonid Zhabotinsky photo archives.

Shane Hamman: Allstate Commercial

I’ve been looking for this commercial for a while and it’s been in YouTube all along.  It’s Shane Hamman in an Allstate commercial…


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And here is Mr. Hamman performing an impressive high jump…


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Tamerlan Tmenov Versus Paolo Bianchessi: Russian & Italian Judokas

More Judo Bears from the 2008 Beijing Olympics: the Russian Tamerlan Tmenov against the Italian Paolo Bianchessi

I only posted this photo because we get to see another glimpse
of Mr. Bianchessi’s cool tattoo…


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Aw, man…  Gotta love two baldies rubbing their smooth, sweaty heads on each other…

Judo Bears Of The 2008 Olympics


European Championship 2007 Belgrade: Teddy Riner vs. Lasha Gujejiani
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Judo is a sport that has a very high probability of getting your Judogi getting ripped open by your opponent.  Case in point: here is Georgia’s Lasha Gujejiani getting his Judo uniform untucked, pulled on, and opened by France’s Teddy Riner in the Beijing Olympics’ Men’s Judo +100kg Heavyweight Division Final.

This seems to be a perfect sport for someone like me…  😀

Here is Iran’s Mohammad Reza Rodaki…

Here is Cuba’s Oscar Brayson…

2008 Olympics Men’s Shot Put Final

Alright, no spoilers here, but the results were very surprising and truly punched then kicked my arrogant American pride and ego…  Here are just some awesome photos of Reese Hoffa, Christian Cantwell, and Adam Nelson from the 2008 Men’s Shot Put Final (courtesy of Daylife.com).

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NBCOlympics.com: Shane Hamman & Casey Burgener

I’m begging for assistance… Not only do these videos from NBCOlympics.com can only be viewed by U.S. residents, they are also impossible to download.  I don’t believe that.  There has to be a way.  Unfortunately, I’m not clever enough to figure it out which is why I’m asking for your help.

Anyway, these are some short interviews with Shane Hamman and Casey Burgener.  And if I’m able to download them, I’ll update this post and put the videos in here.


SHANE HAMMAN: Behind The Scenes
Shane Hamman describes the competition format and some of the backstage workings of weightlifting.

SHANE HAMMAN: U.S. Women’s Outlook
Shane Hamman introduces us to the four female lifters who will be representing the U.S. in Beijing.

CASEY BURGENER: America’s Strongest Man
Super-heavyweight Casey Burgener talks about his start in weightlifting and what makes him lift the bar higher.

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Reese Hoffa: Two Mothers’ Teddy Bear Son

Shotputter, Reese Hoffa, has a blog at iVillage and you guys should check it out. The 2008 Summer Olympics at Beijing is close at hand and I’m definitely cheering on for Mr. Hoffa.

Reese’s iVillage webpage also has some wonderful photos like the following:

Reese’s birth and adoptive mothers

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