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STOCKHOLM (AP) Grace and speed may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of weightlifting.

Outside the sport, few people realize how much swiftness and agility matters, even for the plus-sized superheavyweights as they perform the two Olympic lifts - the snatch and the clean and jerk.

"If the snatch takes more than a second or two, something's gone wrong," said Holley Mangold, a 350-pound American strongwoman who will compete in the women's superheavyweight category.

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    A combination of brute strength and refined technique, weightlifting has appeared in almost every Olympics since the first modern Games. Although a seemingly straightforward event, the two lifts - the snatch and clean-and-jerk - follow very precise and technical routines. Break down the steps of each event and see the various weight classes while taking a look at the barbell and weight discs which prove to be every bit as much of an opponent as a weightlifter's fellow competitors.

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Weightlifting Medals
CountryTotal
 China5207
 Russia0516
 Kazakhstan4004
 North Korea3014
 Iran1214
 Poland1012
 Ukraine1012
 Indonesia0112
 Romania0112
 Belarus0022
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Donny Shankle
Donny Shankle
  • Country: United States of America
  • Born: 3/18/1982
  • Height: 6'2" / 1.88m
  • Sport: Weightlifting
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