2018 Meissen Cup

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Pokal Der Blauen Schwerter

"You should come to Germany in May for the Pokal Der Blauen Schwerter."  "Sure, I think I will!"  That's how it pretty much happened.  Eric invited me and I said yes.  I will get to who is Eric in a minute.  I want to take a sentence or two, to share a little about the Meissen Cup, or known in Germany as Pokal Der Blauen Schwerter which literally translates to Cup of the Blue Sword.  

It's a prestigious event held in Meissen Germany and not one you should miss if you are a fan of weightlifting.  This year Almir Velagic, Arkadiusz Michalski (The Champion of the event) and the very strong Rebeka Koha, as well as many others competed.  Guess host was Ronny Weller!  Yeah, it was a little wild!  It very much felt like a mini worlds; it's the only way I could describe it.  

As an athlete, if you are invited to compete, you do it because the Meissen Cup is a big part of history in the sport of weightlifting in Germany.  From 1971-1994 there were 19 events and in 2012 a group of weightlifters and friends came together to create an organization to continue the Pokal Der Blauen Schwerter.  Pretty cool I'd say!  

Here are some of my favorites from the 2018 Meissen Cup.  

 Group shots are probably my least favorite thing to do.  hahaha, as you can tell.  But it was important to show some of the faces of these incredible athletes.  There was a female photographer who wasn't shy and asked the group to stay focused and pose.  She was a real boss.  I just sat back, watched and hoped no one blinked.  

Group shots are probably my least favorite thing to do.  hahaha, as you can tell.  But it was important to show some of the faces of these incredible athletes.  There was a female photographer who wasn't shy and asked the group to stay focused and pose.  She was a real boss.  I just sat back, watched and hoped no one blinked.  

 Please take a look at his eyes.  He knew he was going to win.  Slight smirk means he was ready to dominate the evening and that he did!  Thank you  Arkadiusz Michalsk i!

Please take a look at his eyes.  He knew he was going to win.  Slight smirk means he was ready to dominate the evening and that he did!  Thank you Arkadiusz Michalski!

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 Weightlifter:  Rebeka Koha    Every time time she went up to lift, her coach would repeat the word, "Champion"  out loud.  

Weightlifter: Rebeka Koha

Every time time she went up to lift, her coach would repeat the word, "Champion"  out loud.  

 Weightlifter: Simon Brandhuber  Often I look for reflections around the subject.  Also, what is the light doing to the face and barbell.  I love to shoot with black and white always in mind.  

Weightlifter: Simon Brandhuber

Often I look for reflections around the subject.  Also, what is the light doing to the face and barbell.  I love to shoot with black and white always in mind.  

Who is Eric?

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I met Eric at the 2017 IWF World Championships.  I would talk to Eric from time to time on social media. But it wasn't until the World Championships that I met him.  I only knew Eric as Max Lang's "caretaker"- just kidding.  :)

 Eric is a master mind in marketing and really created a unique space for Max Lang on social media.  It was just a few years ago if you googled Max Lang's name, nothing but a belt company would pop up. That's not the case anymore thanks to Eric's continued success in creating content for Max and turning Max Lang into almost a brand!

But in watching Eric at the Meissen Cup, I had a feeling he did more than just post on Instagram. Come to find out he's the Managing Director of the German Weightlifting Federation.  His job essentially is to over see the development of the Olympic Weightlifting sport and responsible for the relationships of the club.  Developing the future of the sport in weightlifting is his main priority.  

Did I mention, he's a cool guy?!  Very cool and tall! ha!  Yes, some of you have asked, he is a tall man.  

Where was Max Lang?

 Max was busy during the event.  Interviews, signing shirts and even taking videos!  

Max was busy during the event.  Interviews, signing shirts and even taking videos!  

 Dynamic Duo! 

Dynamic Duo! 

 Max Lang with fans!  

Max Lang with fans!  

 

Gregor Winter

 My first international piggy back photo.  Max and Eric you will  be next. :). 

My first international piggy back photo.  Max and Eric you will  be next. :). 

I can't sum up this trip without mentioning Gregor.  What I didn't expect to happen was to get a unique tour of Berlin from Gregor Winter.  He's the founder of All Things Gym.  I like to call him Ninja Gregor since he does the job of 15 people.   

Prior to the trip I asked him if I could do a small feature on him and he declined.  He's a bit camera shy.  Don't worry Gregor, soon enough. 

Immediately upon talking to him, you will find he is witty and very easy to talk  to.  Gregor is funny and quick with his words.  I found myself laughing a lot. Naturally we talked about our work, photography, weightlifting and the importance of good breath!  (inside joke) 

I loved how he interacted with strangers e.g., blocking tourists from ruining a person's photo at the Berlin Wall.  He even took us to this incredible Korean restaurant!  

 Sticky noddles are his favorite.  

Sticky noddles are his favorite.  

Here are some photos that Gregor took that day of us.  Yes, these are NOT related to weightlifting.  Can you believe it?!  Yes, we like to take pictures of other things. lol 

Thank you Gregor for the great tour and excellent coffee!

So that was my trip to Germany.  Yes, there was more. lol. But keeping this one short and sweet.

The Meissen Cup is an event I would love to return to.  I'm still going through photos and something came over me as I was editing the photos.  I realized I got to document a small part of weightlifting history in Germany.  30 Years from now I can look back and say.. Wow, I photographed the 2018 Meissen Cup!  

Thank you Eric!

 Thank you to Danny Casey, and Liz for coming along!  It was great to be able to share this time with you guys.  Max, mi amigo.. all  the best

Thank you to Danny Casey, and Liz for coming along!  It was great to be able to share this time with you guys.  Max, mi amigo.. all  the best