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John Terpak - Wikipedia

John Basil Terpak (July 4, 1912 – June 1, 1993) was an American world champion weightlifter.[2]

John Terpak
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John Terpak in 1945
John Basil Terpak

(1912-07-04)July 4, 1912
DiedJune 1, 1993(1993-06-01) (aged 80)
Spouse(s)Mildred Louis Bulk
Sports career

Early lifeEdit

Terpak's father was Ukrainian-born and worked in Pennsylvania's coal mines. Terpak pursued weightlifting in his youth and was noticed by Bob Hoffman in 1935 when he won the Junior Nationals lightweight class in Philadelphia. Hoffman recruited Terpak to work for York Barbell, where he became general manager in 1939.[3]

Olympic resultsEdit

Terpak finished 5th at the 1936 Summer Olympics and 4th at the 1948 Summer Olympics.[4]

World Championship resultsEdit


Terpak was a U.S. Olympic coach in 1968 and 1972.[3] He was also a coach for two-time Olympic champion Charles Vinci.[4]

In December 1969, Terpak and weightlifters Bob Hoffman, Joe Dube, and Bob Bednarski from the 1968 Summer Olympics met with President Richard Nixon for seven minutes at the White House along with Pennsylvania congressman George Atlee Goodling.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He was a vice president, CEO, and chairman of the board at York Barbell.[3][7]


  1. ^ Roark, Joe (September 1993). "John Terpak: 1912–1993" (PDF). Iron Game History. Vol. 3 no. 1. Retrieved 2018-09-22 – via H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports.
  2. ^ "John Terpak". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  3. ^ a b c Fair, John (1992). "John Terpak's 80th Birthday: A York Reunion" (PDF). Iron Game History. 2 (4).
  4. ^ a b Associated Press (1988-09-25). "Vinci Was the Last to Succeed : U.S. Has Not Won Weightlifting Gold Since 1960 Games - latimes". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  5. ^ "John Terpak, Top Olympic Lifters of the 20th Century @ Lift Up". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  6. ^ "President Richard Nixon's Daily Diary" (PDF). White House. 1969-12-01. p. 2. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  7. ^ Goldwasser, Thomas (1986-09-21). "Pumping Iron, Not Concrete". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
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