Posted on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 by John Wood
Jim Bradford, was a great weightlifter from Washington D.C. who was AAU Junior Champion in 1950, AAU Heavyweight champion twice (1960 and ’61) and competed in two Olympic games (1952 in Helsinki and 1960 in Rome), winning the Silver medal each time. Bradford happened to come along at a time when the competition in his class was the all-time strongest, placing second to a who’s who of strength legends: John Davis, Norb Schemansky, Paul Anderson and Yury Vlasov. Bradford was well known for his pressing power — the above shot is his opening 170kg press from the 1960 Rome Olympics. Once his lifting career came to an end, Bradford went back home to D.C. and worked for The Library of Congress.