Ike Berger's Press

October 27, 1956 was the date, and the Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California was the place for the final Olympic tryouts, and the excellent lift shown above by Ike Berger. This was his second attempt, a press with 230 lbs.  Ike was a featherweight but this lift would be impressive for a heavyweight these days, especially in that style. 

A month later, Ike went on to win the gold medal at the 1956 Olympic games in Melbourne, Australia.   The Olympic finals were sponsored by Ray Van Cleef's Gateway to Health gym, and a good time was had by all.

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