:: 2/17/2023: Kevin St. John, firstname.lastname@example.org NY, United States
I was 22 in 1976 and just a novice lifter trying to pick up a little more weight each time I tried. Lee James was my first American weightlifting hero. I was glad that Rigert won gold but very proud to see one of our own on the podium that July night. He was a Cinderella story, alright! He was not even close to being thought of as a medalist but he lifted his best while several of those contenders fell by the wayside. He was well prepared by his coaches, both mentally and physically. I was disappointed when his injuries forced his retirement. I will never, ever forget that night in July of 76.
:: 2/13/2023: Arthur Chidlovski, , USA
Feb 11, 2023, Raleigh, NC, USA – Sad news came from North Carolina. Legendary American weightlifter, Olympic vice champion, Lee James passed away at 69. So far, it is known that he fell from a roof and suffered a head injury.
:: 8/17/2018: Kevin St. John, NY, US
Where was I July 25, 1976? I was about 12 rows back from the stage at Mt. Saint Michel Arena cheering for Lee.
:: 10/8/2012: David Tatlock, No. Dartmouth MA, USA
with backing, Lee James could have redefined American weightlifting. I see that the heart was sucked out of this monumental sport at the rate American football took over American colleges. Last thought: International Weightlifting events, and their organizers, should replace the United Nations; and Lee James be the example of American grace, strength, and cooperation. Sound good?
:: 6/11/2009: J. Persaud, portland or, U.S.A.
I read that Lee James had to overcome a knee injury after his 1976 campaign. It makes you wonder if indeed had he been fortunate enough to stay healthy that he would've won a gold in 1980. Either way he was amazing even after his injury.
:: 7/13/2008: Don Weideman, Elk Grove CA, USA
Lee James was a hero for me, with a little luck he would have been a World Champion. What a talent!
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