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John Terpak in 1945
John Basil Terpak
July 4, 1912
|Died||June 1, 1993 (aged 80)|
|Spouse(s)||Mildred Louis Bulk|
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.
World Championship resultsEdit
He won a gold medal at the 1937 World Weightlifting Championships and 1947 World Weightlifting Championships, a bronze medal at the 1938 World Weightlifting Championships, and a silver medal at the 1946 World Weightlifting Championships.
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.
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