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(News.com.au)   German Olympic weightlifter drops 432 pounds on his head and lives to tell about it (w/video)   (news.com.au) divider line 15
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2012-08-08 08:02:58 AM  
Between Feck and this guy, maybe we need to start calling Germany "Failopia." Or "Failistan."
 
2012-08-08 08:03:57 AM  
Looks like the bar came down on the back of his neck, and he ducked out from underneath it as it came down. I'd call that a successful failure, and I imagine the first thing they teach you in professional weightlifting is how to safely drop a bar in a lift gone bad like that.

At any rate, he came away considerably better off than János Baranyai did at the 2008 Olympics. I still have a hard time watching weightlifting after his rather graphic "mishap."

/he got better
 
2012-08-08 09:18:49 AM  
He didn't drop it on his head, he dropped it on the back of his neck as his knees gave and was able to duck his head down ... fark it, this is fark.

/he had it up -- then he ran out of strength -- doesn't that count? what do you want him to do, gingerly place it back on the ground?
//now his home country's gonna execute him
 
2012-08-08 09:20:56 AM  

Lukeonia1: I imagine the first thing they teach you in professional weightlifting is how to safely drop a bar in a lift gone bad like that.


I thought the first thing was "Lift with your legs not your back"
 
2012-08-08 09:21:44 AM  
That looked a lot better in slow-mo. Good reactions on his part, ducking out of the way like that.
 
2012-08-08 09:51:05 AM  
Wait, you mean there are Olympic events that are not swimming, gymnastics, track & field, and volleyball? I wouldn't know because I watch NBC.


/can't stream at work, and can't find a reliable proxy to watch the recaps on BBC
//just a little bitter
 
2012-08-08 09:56:52 AM  
His left knee got very close to just blowing out.
 
2012-08-08 10:20:03 AM  

Lukeonia1: Looks like the bar came down on the back of his neck, and he ducked out from underneath it as it came down. I'd call that a successful failure, and I imagine the first thing they teach you in professional weightlifting is how to safely drop a bar in a lift gone bad like that.

At any rate, he came away considerably better off than János Baranyai did at the 2008 Olympics. I still have a hard time watching weightlifting after his rather graphic "mishap."

/he got better


That looked like it hurt. I love the little privacy screens they put up around the lifters. Dude who dropped it on the back of his neck really didn't look like he hurt himself at all.
 
2012-08-08 12:19:34 PM  
I'm surprised they don't have some form of spotter there for the lifters safety...
 
2012-08-08 12:21:18 PM  

Tachypnea: That looked like it hurt. I love the little privacy screens they put up around the lifters. Dude who dropped it on the back of his neck really didn't look like he hurt himself at all.


If you're talking about the guy in green, winding his left arm around backwards like the hand on a busted clock looked like it stung a little.
 
2012-08-08 12:22:06 PM  
I lift things up and put them- *bonk*
 
2012-08-08 12:37:40 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: I'm surprised they don't have some form of spotter there for the lifters safety...


How do you propose to spot the Olympic lifts? Ladders?
 
2012-08-08 01:02:07 PM  

Jubeebee: Representative of the unwashed masses: I'm surprised they don't have some form of spotter there for the lifters safety...

How do you propose to spot the Olympic lifts? Ladders?


Maybe two really strong guys who can catch the bar standing on either side? Or some kind of retracting cable that won't let the bar drop at a high rate of speed? Not an expert but you'd think there would be some kind of system in place to protect the lifters in case of an awkward drop like this.
 
2012-08-08 01:46:35 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Jubeebee: Representative of the unwashed masses: I'm surprised they don't have some form of spotter there for the lifters safety...

How do you propose to spot the Olympic lifts? Ladders?

Maybe two really strong guys who can catch the bar standing on either side? Or some kind of retracting cable that won't let the bar drop at a high rate of speed? Not an expert but you'd think there would be some kind of system in place to protect the lifters in case of an awkward drop like this.


If the IWF properly tested athletes for performance enhancing drugs, they would have a huge surplus of big, strong guys that could assist.
 
2012-08-08 03:16:12 PM  
This is why I don't snatch. The form looks really tough to get down. That and I don't think (happy to be corrected) it helps muscle growth as much as other lifts.

/they should squat at the Olympics
//and not that super wide squat garbage
 
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