When the Olympic Games begin in Tokyo next Friday, the weightlifters will also already be in the starting blocks. Already from July 24th the weightlifting competitions will be held at the Tokyo International Forum.
In order to prepare our followers, we have summarized all important information about the competitions in our Olympic Report.
Weightlifting at Olympics
Weightlifting has a long tradition at the Olympic Games. Already at the premiere of the “Modern Games” in 1896 weightlifting was part of the game, at that time there were two disciplines (one-arm and two-arm lifting), but no weight categories. However, this kind of competition did not have too much in common with today’s Olympic weightlifting events.
Weightlifting was included in the regular program only since 1920 and a weight category system was also introduced. Starting with the Olympic competitions in Antwerp in 1920, the Olympic three lifts event was established, which initially included the press as well as the snatch and the clean and jerk. This kind of competition lasted until 1972 (Olympic Games in Munich).
Since then, Olympic Weightlifting as we know it has existed, with only adjustments made to the weight categories.
Since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney weightlifting for women has been an Olympic event. Before the turn of the millennium, it was not possible for female athletes to participate in the Olympic games.
Germany’s strong Olympic history
Germany can look back on a long and successful history. As early as 1928, two German athletes, Kurt Helbig and Josef Strassberger, won Olympic gold. But also in the “modern era” German athletes were able to achieve success at the Games. Rolf Milser, Ronny Weller and of course Matthias Steiner won gold medals. But also the silver medals of Marc Huster and Ingo Steinhöfel, as well as the bronze medal of Oliver Caruso can be mentioned here.
Unfortunately, there has been no medal for the German Weightlifting Association (BVDG) since 2008 and the women are also still waiting for their very first precious metal.
Weightlifting in Tokyo
The weightlifting events in the Japanese metropolis of 13 million inhabitants will take place from July 24th to August 4th, 2021, at the Tokyo International Forum. Built in 1997, the multifunctional complex is usually used as a convention center away from Olympic competitions. Hall A, used for the weightlifting events, normally holds up to 5,000 spectators, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the competitions are held without an audience.
To help you keep track of the upcoming days, we have created an overall schedule of the weightlifting events. Besides the decisions with German participation, we still have groups of our Weightlifting Shop athletes team visible.
Weightlifting on TV and stream (Germany/Europe)
As with the last Winter Games in Pyeongchang, the initial licensing rights for the Tokyo Olympics are already held by the American media company Discovery. The decisions will be broadcast in Germany on the free-TV channel Eurosport 1, the pay-TV channel Eurosport 2, and the paid Eurosport Player service. Since Eurosport will be showing the Olympics around the clock, weightlifting fans will also get their money’s worth.
In addition to the Medal Zone, a conference circuit in which all current decisions will be broadcast, Eurosport will offer additional highlights shows. In addition, Eurosport will stream up to eight additional LIVE feeds with German commentary via JoynPLUS+ (chargeable) – “Every Second of the Olympic Games Live”.
The Olympics will also be shown on ARD and ZDF, but the current program does not feature any explicit weightlifting coverage. (as of 07/17/2021)
The German team
Four athletes will represent Germany in Tokyo. Two female athletes Sabine Kusterer and Lisa Marie Schweizer and two male athletes Simon Brandhuber and Nico Müller have been qualified. They will be coached by national coach David Kurch.
Even if the German team is not among the main favorites to win a medal, the Olympic Games have their own laws. Lisa Marie Schweizer and Nico Müller in particular could be in for a surprise.
The Weightlifting Shop athletes team at the Olympics
No less than five athletes from our team made it to Tokyo. Besides the British Sarah Davies and the Belgian Nina Sterckx, the two Italians Mirko Zanni and Nino Pizzolato, as well as the Spaniard David Sanchez will participate in the Olympic Weightlifting events.