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.
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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.”
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Just because you ain’t paleo, don’t mean your flexibility should be a fail-e-oh. If ass moves mass, then you better touch that grass. If your joints ain’t bending, you’re just pretending. I could go on and on, but you get my point. Flexible and stretchy is the new sexy. #weightlifting #stretch #tinman #mcsickangles
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