In unhappy information popping out of California, Armenian information sources and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) are reporting that Olympic weightlifting champion Yurik Vardanian has handed away; he was 62 years previous.
Vardanian, an ethnic Armenian athlete who competed for the Soviet Union (USSR) National Team, was an athlete thought of by many to be one of many best weightlifters of all time. Between 1977 and 1985, he received gold at seven World Weightlifting Championships and likewise took house gold on the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He additionally received silver on the 1982 World Championships and the eight medals he received rank him second of all time behind Vasily Alekseyev, himself a legend within the sport of weightlifting. He additionally received 5 European Championships and was the primary athlete within the -82.5kg class to whole 400kg, which he achieved on the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
He was a favourite to repeat as Olympic Champion in 1984, nevertheless because of the Soviet Union’s boycott of the 1984 Olympic Games, Vardanian competed on the Friendship video games the place he simply received with a 405kg whole. As of as we speak, 405kg stands as the very best whole ever achieved within the -82.5kg division.
Vardanian completed his profession setting 41 World Records and was adorned with the Order of Lenin in 1985 by the federal government of the Soviet Union. The Order of Lenin was the united states’s highest ornament introduced to civilians for excellent companies to the nation.
In the early 1990s, Vardanian and his household immigrated to Moorpark, California. He was a pillar of the Armenian-American neighborhood in Southern California, working within the personal enterprise sector and serving to different immigrants from Armenia with the transition to American life. In 2009 he returned to Armenia the place he labored instantly with former President Serzh Sargsyan to raised the nation. First as an advisor, then because the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs within the president’s interior cupboard. In 2014, he grew to become the ambassador to the nation of Georgia, working to enhance relations with the 2 former USSR international locations.
Vardanian is survived by his spouse Eleonara; in addition to sons David, Norik and Michael. Norik adopted in his father’s footsteps and represented Armenia on the 2012 Olympic Games within the -94kg class. Deepest condolences exit to the Vardanian household and the weightlifting world as an entire.