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Adam R. Hornbuckle

also spelled Yudelkis, weightlifter, was born Yuderqui Maridalia Contreras in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, on 27 March 1986. She was the fourth of five children of Aristides Sánchez Reyna and Eridania Contreras. Raised by her mother, she attended Anna Josefa Puello elementary school and graduated from Gaston Fernadez Deligne and CENAPEC High School. Contreras participated in track and field until the age of 14, before switching to weightlifting. At the age of 17 she won the silver medal in the 53-kilogram (116.84 pounds) weight class at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Competing in the 2003 World Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, she finished thirteenth in the 53-kilogram weight class.

Over the next five years, Contreras developed into one of the region’s leading weightlifters in her weight class. At the 2004 Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Cali Columbia she won the ...


John Henry Davis won his first world weightlifting title in 1938 at the age of seventeen, competing in the light heavyweight class. In the years when Davis was competing, there were three individual lifts in weightlifting competition: the press, the snatch, and the clean and jerk. (The press was eliminated from international competition after the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany.) The three were then compiled together to determine the overall lift. At the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Davis won the gold medal in the heavyweight class (now called super heavyweight), setting world and Olympic records in the clean and jerk and the snatch and establishing Olympic records in the press and the three-lift total. Davis, who was trimmer and more fit than many of his competitors, became a hero in Europe after his performance and was known in France as L'Hercule Noir (the Black Hercules).

Davis triumphed ...


was born in Candelaria, in the department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on 25 March 1965. She was raised in a poor neighborhood of Cali by her parents, Nelly Ocoró and Pedro Juan Urrutia, and had four siblings: Carmen Tulia, Luz Marina, Robinson, and Edison. At her high school (Christopher Colombus), Urrutia distinguished herself among her peers with her athletic talents. When she was 13 years old, she began to train under the instruction of Daniel Balanta and Wilson Rosero, and she went every afternoon with a group of young weightlifters to Pascual Guerrero Stadium to practice. During this period, she focused mostly on the discus and shot put. She competed in both events in the youth league of Candelaria Valle del Cauca.

On 7 November 1978 Urrutia participated in the citywide high school competition and won the shot put throwing it a distance of 7 5 meters ...