Alexeyev was intentionally late arriving at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He wanted to catch his competitors off guard with his impressive physical gains and, given he didn't have to set a single world record to get the win, he obviously succeeded. While we, his fans, were disappointed in the absence of records at the meet, Vasily claimed at the press conference which followed that he hadn't wanted to jeopardize the gold medal for the sake of records. Besides, he more than made up for it four years later.

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A 337 lb Alexeyev psyches up at the 72 Olympics. Take a good look at that game face. Would you want to square off with this man in a contest of will?
Vasily is all business as he chalks up to put the finishing touch on his first Olympic championship.
Here he is seen in his trademark trance prior to his last exercise at the Munich games. "There are times when you think, 'How am I going to lift such a heavy thing?' ", he was once quoted.
He is at the lowest point of the clean before 'driving up'.
Another popular shot of the same that showed up on the web around the time of the 1996 Olympics.
His final attempt with 507 lbs in the jerk in Munich was captured in this picture used for the cover of Sports Illustrated.
This shot of the lift appeared on the cover of Strength & Health. While all of his lifts and triple sum registered as Olympic records, he set no world records at this event.
This is the medal ceremony from the 72 Olympics. On the stand with him are Rudy Mang (l) and Gerd Bonk (r). I had forgotten how impressive Bonk looked until I dug out this picture.
This is the Moscow celebration for the Soviet medalists of the Munich games. This picture gives a pretty clear sense of his celebrity status.
Alexeyev surprised all of us when he showed up less than a year later at the 73 European championships in Madrid weighing a 'scant' 315 lbs.
But it didn't seem to affect his ability to do battle with the barbell...
...or to set records. Here he is readying his final jerk of 240 kg (529.2 lbs).
The victor...as usual.
A bit out of order, this is the champion in the introduction of the supers in Madrid.
Also out of order, this is another shot of Vasily performing the snatch at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
This is a news clipping that appeared in a French newspaper in 1972.

Vasily Alexeyev:
1980 - The Final Bow
The Munich Photo Album
The Video Captures
The McKeon Collection
Odds & Ends

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