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You’ve seen the pictures I took of Kakhi Kakhiashvili (Georgia) lifting in a pair of Adidas slides when he forgot his weightlifting shoes one day in the training hall for the 1996 Olympics test event (see March 21), and here’s a Kakhi shoe story of another sort—one that’s probably not nearly as well known. Guys who have been lifting for a while might remember the old Russian/Soviet weightlifting shoes with leather soles—pretty slippery, but then I’ve been told of roofers who can work in cowboy boots. Anyway, Kakhi was wearing a pair of those shoes and decided they were too slippery on the wooden platform in the training hall at the 1994 World Weightlifting Championships (Istanbul, Turkey) so he lifted on the rubber strip on the edge of the platform—giving him a space of less than three feet to work with. Despite that tiny landing strip, Kakhi worked up to a 170-kg snatch, hardly insignificant for a 91-kg competitor. So, if you have to downsize your platform or maybe think you can’t train because you don’t have tons of space, remember this video and say to yourself, “Oh yes I can!” IronMind® | ©Randall J.