Since 1896, when the modern Olympics were founded, Olympic weight lifting has been a part of the Summer Olympic Games.
Although Olympic weightlifting has been around since the inception of the modern Olympics, it was not as popular until the 1950s when it became more mainstream.
Olympic weightlifting and weight lifting require concentration and timing. These things, along with technique, speed and power, are what make an athlete excel in this ancient sport.
Weightlifting was a form of throwing weights in its earliest forms. This is evident in ancient Olympic sports like the discus throw or the shot-put.
Halterophilia is the original name for weight lifting. It comes from Halteres, the Greek word that means to throw weights.
Olympic weightlifting has many styles and techniques for its competitors. Olympic weight lifting includes a lift they call the “snatch”.
The snatch is the fastest weight lifting technique in modern Olympics. The weightlifter uses this technique to grab the barbell with a broad grip and then lift the weight to his head in a quick motion.
It takes practice and concentration to master the snatch. The clean and jerk is another event used in weightlifting.
A lifter who fails to complete the Olympic Events’ snatch will not make it to the clean and the jerk. Clean and jerk are two steps.
The clean part is very similar to a deadlift. The lifter must raise the weights to chest level, then he will squat down under the barbell.
Next, the jerk is when he lifts the barbell from the squat position while standing and raising the barbell above their heads. This requires practice and strength training.