Weightlifting was practiced in ancient societies, including in Egypt and Greece, but it was not developed into a sport until the 1800s.

Weightlifting at the Olympics

Weightlifting was practiced in ancient societies, including in Egypt and Greece, but it was not developed into a sport until the 1800s. Weightlifting was prominently featured at the Athens Games in 1896. Men’s weightlifting appeared at all modern Olympics except for the 1900, 1908, and 1912 Games. Women’s weightlifting was added at the 2000 Sydney Games.

The 2012 London Games will feature fifteen events. Weightlifters compete in snatch and clean jerk. The total combined result of their lifts leads to their ranking placement. The men’s categories include: 58kg; 62kg; 69kg; 77kg; 85kg; 94kg; 105kg; and 105+ kg. The women’s categories include: 48kg; 53kg; 58kg; 63kg; 69kg; 75kg; and 75+ kg. The category weights refer to the weight class of the athlete. The weightlifting events for the 2012 Games were held July 28 through August 1, and August 3 through August 7.

Weightlifting at Michigan State University

Weightlifting is not an NCAA sport, but it is important for the development of strong and successful athletes. MSU has several weightlifting rooms for the training of our athletes. In addition to the weight rooms available for general student use at the intramural buildings, there are also athlete-dedicated gyms for all our sports. Below are some Beneath the Pines photos of our Olympic sports weight room, shared by most athletes that compete in Olympic sports. This weight room is located in Jenison Field House.

A student lifts a large weight - 1957
Jenison Field House Weight Room
Jenison Field House Weight Room

MSU Training Rooms

Michigan State has multiple training rooms in its athletic facilities. These rooms where the athletic trainers work are where athletes go for treatments. The photos below are from the training room located in Jenison Field House. Stay tuned to future posts later this fall to see the football training room and weight room.

Photo Credits: Vintage photo courtesy of MSU Archives & Historical Collections. All other photos taken by Katie Kelly, Communications Manager, University Scholarships & Fellowships.

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