Bulgaria

Arriving in Bulgaria
Arriving in Bulgaria

Here we are arriving in Bulgaria. Coach Norair Nurikian picked us up at the airport. I'll never forget the kindness of Grandaddy King to fly with me to Bulgaria. He stayed two weeks to make sure I was ok. I stayed three months.

Bulgarian Men's Weightlifting Team
Bulgarian Men's Weightlifting Team

Here I am with the Bulgarian men's team after a tough training session. Weightlifters usually train twice per day.

Bulgarian Women's Weightlifting Team
Bulgarian Women's Weightlifting Team

Here I am with the Bulgarian women's weightlifting team. Those were some hard working ladies!

Alan Tsgaev With a Big Clean & Jerk
Alan Tsgaev With a Big Clean & Jerk

Here is Alan Tsgaev with a routine 500 pound clean & jerk at the National Sports Academy in Sofia.

Big Front Squat
Big Front Squat

Ever seen a 600 pound front squat? I have!

World and Olympic Champions
World and Olympic Champions

I met so many World Championship and Olympic medalists in Bulgaria. I am very fortunate. Here is Georgi Markov, 2000 Olympic silver medalist, performing a back squat.

Correct Form
Correct Form

Notice the excellent positions: straight back, shoulders over the bar, tight stomach, pushing through the mid-foot. Olympic weightlifting is all about proper technique.

Women's Weightlifting
Women's Weightlifting

I trained with the Bulgarian men's and women's team. Believe me. These women work hard if not harder than the men!

Recovery
Recovery

Recovery from training is super important. Here is world champion, Jabeer Salem, getting a massage after a grueling training session.