The University Of Louisiana's National Championship Weightlifting Teams

The University Of Louisiana's National Championship Weightlifting Teams

A Companion Book to the Documentary The Ragin' 13

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The University Of Louisiana's National Championship Weightlifting Teams

The University Of Louisiana's National Championship Weightlifting Teams

A Companion Book to the Documentary The Ragin' 13

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Below: Videos of Championship Weightlifters from the Book and Documentary (Ragin Cajun Field, Nov 2021) Below: Photos from UL National Champion Weightlifter Walter Imahara’s induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Attending were Dave Meltzer, Joe and Jane Murry, Wayne Vizzini, Mike and Connie McDonald, Warren and Mary Perrin, Eli Manning, and HOF member … Read more

Gene Hebert

Inducted into the Weightlifting Hall of Fame: November 26, 2021 Gene Hebert earned his bachelor’s degree in 1964 and a Master of Education in music from USL in 1966. A two-year letterman in gymnastics and weightlifting (following the sanctioning of the sport by AD Whitey Urban), Gene was the bantamweight national champion in 1963 and … Read more

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Alvin Chustz

Inducted into the Weightlifting Hall of Fame: November 26, 2021 Alvin Chustz was born in New Roads, Louisiana. As a young child he developed a preoccupation with physical strength. He was always trying to lift heavy objects and read any magazine article that dealt with strength. The first time he saw a set of weights … Read more

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Dick Fleming

Inducted into the Weightlifting Hall of Fame: November 26, 2021 In 1959, Dick and his younger brother joined Mike’s Gym, and it was there that his interest in weightlifting began. At this time some of the best lifters in the area were also at Mike’s Gym, and there he met Mike Stansbury, Walter Imahara, Red Lerille, Mike Thompson, Gene Hebert, and Jimmy … Read more

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Walter Imahara

Inducted into the Louisiana Weightlifting Hall of Fame: November 26, 2021 Walter Imahara was arguably the most decorated athlete in the history of the university. He was the first Asian to attend the university in the mid-1950s and graduated with a degree in horticulture in 1960. At his university graduation President Fletcher handed him his … Read more

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Mike Stansbury

Inducted into the Louisiana Weightlifting Hall of Fame: November 26, 2021 Born in Abbeville, Louisiana, on November 17, 1930, Mike Stansbury was instrumental in the development of weight training, Olympic weightlifting and body building in Louisiana. As a result, the whole approach to athletic training was revolutionized. He attended Abbeville High School where he was … Read more

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Rollie Andre

Inducted into the Weightlifting Hall of Fame: November 26, 2021 Aloysius “Rollie” Andre was born in New Roads, Louisiana. Andre attended Catholic High of Point Coupee in New Roads, Louisiana until 1954.  While in high school, he was in the Army National Guard. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and … Read more

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Reviews

Wonderful book!!! A compelling story of how a few country boys bonded together to form one of the most victorious weightlifting teams in history.  Weightlifting is  a sport pitting man against iron – a test of individual strength and accomplishment; however, these men put aside their individualism and worked together solely for the goals of … Read more

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Proclamation

By Josh Guillory, Mayor of Lafayette, La., November 26, 2021 WHEREAS, Olympic weightlifting and powerlifters are sports of extreme strength, perseverance, and determination; and WHEREAS, Olympic weightlifters and powerlifters are goal-oriented, and possess characteristics of physical strength, mental toughness, affective concentration, stability; and WHEREAS, for 13 straight years, beginning in 1957, the University of Southwestern … Read more

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