His square jaw looks chiseled from rock, and his biceps, when flexed, looks as if it swallowed a softball. He holds several weight-lifting world records for his age group and can still lift more than pounds off the ground and raise it over his head. A little over two weeks ago, though, Ramos was declared a cheat, the oldest steroid doper ever caught by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. He does not deny that he took synthetic testosterone, a banned substance.
Continuing our cities spotlight series on what sustains our urban spaces globally, we look at sport in New York, how it brings people together and makes communities stronger, healthier and more sustainable. As the oldest active boxing gym in the U. From this, it became beloved of Hollywood script writers and ad agencies, with a long and illustrious list of film and sports stars gracing its doors. How important do you feel sport is for communities to help people grow and thrive? I think sport is as important to communities as anything else. Exercise, which is certainly sport, and the food we eat are 90 per cent of all our physical problems. Introducing young people to sport in schools is particularly important.
Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. There has been a great deal of confusion relating to the origins and roots of powerlifting. The deadlift is the oldest, having been a pet lift of professional strongman Herman Goerner of South Africa in the s. The bench press was a little-known exercise until the late s. It was probably helped a bit by its use in rehabbing soldiers injured in World War II.
Tamio " Tommy " Kono June 27, — April 24, was an American weightlifter in the s and s. Kono set world records in four different weight classes:  lightweight pounds or Kono was drafted into the U. Army in but was kept home from the Korean War after officials learned of his Olympic potential. Kono was a gold medalist at both the Summer Olympics and Summer Olympics , and a silver medalist at the Summer Olympics under coach Bob Hoffman.