The Super Super Heavyweight
Soviet weightlifter Vasily Alekseyev is usually considered the greatest super-heavyweight lifter in history. Alekseyev was unbeaten from 1970 to 1978, including winning gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. Alekseyev won eight successive gold medals at the Olympic Games and World Championships (1970-1977), which equaled the record of Americans John Davis and Tommy Kono. He also won eight European titles and set 78 world records. His world records included 17 in the press, five in the snatch, 32 in the clean jerk, and 24 in the total lift. He was finally defeated at the 1978 World Championships when he competed while injured. Although he competed at the 1980 Olympic Games, he failed to make a successful lift in the snatch and then retired from competition. Aptly enough, his wife's name is Olympiada.