Our Favorite Sick Angles Photos from the 2017 Weightlifting World Championships

In the weightlifting world, Steve Galvan wears a lot of hats. He’s an athlete, coach, announcer, and occasional color commentator. But he’s probably best known internationally as the IWF’s official photographer, a role he’s held at events including the 2016 Rio Olympics and, more recently, 2017 Weightlifting World Championships in Anaheim, California.

We’re big fans of Galvan’s work, and we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of our favorite shots of his from the 2017 Championships. As the official IWF photographer, Galvan takes thousands of shots over the course of a competition, and he shares some of his favorites on his Instagram account, @sickangles. The shots below comes from that curated selection.

Note: All embeds and photos are property of Steve Galvan. If you’re interested in staying up to date with his work, give him a follow on Instagram!

Rustam Jangabayev (+105kg, Uzbekistan) hitting rock bottom under a 247kg clean and showing that superheavyweights can be bendy, too. Steve Galvan said it all in his caption: “Flexible and stretchy is the new sexy.”

Ali Ludwig (90kg, USA) showing some outstanding bar bend (get it?!) at her first Senior World Championships.

Lasha Talakhadze (+105kg, Georgia) hitting a new all-time World Record snatch at 220kg. This snatch put him 9kg up heading into the clean & jerks.

Harrison Maurus (77kg, USA) breaking his own Youth World Record in the clean & jerk. Maurus became the first American to medal at a Senior World Championships since 2005.

Mattie Rogers (69kg, USA) with great extension on her way to an overall bronze medal.

CJ Cummings (69kg, USA) with a new American Senior, Junior, and Youth snatch record at 141kg. The tongue out gets extra style points.

Steve Galvan taking a moment to show off his hops on the platform in Anaheim.

All images, including featured, from @sickangles on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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