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11-10-2007, 04:45 AM
Well done documentary introducing weightlifting hosted by Tsugiharu Ogiwara, a Japanese Olympic nordic combined athlete. All in Japanese, but pretty cool anyway. Some comparison of the vertical jump of O-lifters and others (track & field, apparatus gymnastics, volleyball). We win.
Nice graphics. Humble people training.
11-11-2007, 03:52 PM
I tried watching it several times but the buffering was giving me brain damage. I saved the link and maybe it will be better later in the week.
11-12-2007, 08:27 PM
Hey Joe, I can't get the video to work, is there a special video format required?
I was out at Nishi-ku last night, what a great spot. Those platforms are fantastic!
11-12-2007, 09:06 PM
Funny. Works fine for me. Opens in windows media player.
Well, if you can't see it it's no big deal. I just thought it was interesting that they even had a made-for-TV show introducing Olympic lifting. They also spent quite a bit of time on the jumping aspect. Since the host was a ski jumper as part of his nordic combined event, he kind of freaked out that the three lifters he was interviewing all had a greater vertical jump than he did.
As I recall, some time back someone posted a question about lifters having better vertical jumps than dedicated jumpers, and a faster start off the blocks than sprinters. So I put the link up. Sorry if anyone wasted any time trying to get it to work.
Rob, the next time I can get to Nishi-ku is Saturday morning, the 17th. Glad you liked it.
11-13-2007, 09:03 AM
Nice video (I got it to play on my work computer...the stream opened in Windows Media Player). Thanks for posting.
Quite a beautiful training hall -- is that the Japanese OTC? What's the weightlifting scene like over there? Is it more popular among (or participated by) the general population in Japan than in the United States?
11-13-2007, 05:34 PM
That is the Self-Defense Force Physical Education School. The narrator says that a lot of the Olympic hopefuls train there, so they aren't all military. I guess the equivalent of the OTC for weightlifting.
You know, my impression is that weightlifting is more well-known here. The local city gym I go to has three platforms and all the equipment. I don't know how many YMCAs in the states would be equipped like that. Also, at least two high schools in the area have teams. There is also a citizens team, the Hokkaido Weightlifting Association. Many universities also have teams. And if I start talking about weightlifting, people generally understand what I mean and don't just think "Oh, curls!"
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