Item # 159586.
Tommy Kono-The Life of America’s Greatest Weightlifter
By John D. Fair.
In a career spanning three decades, weightlifter Tommy Kono won three Olympic medals and eight world championships, captured eleven US national and three Pan-American titles, and set twenty-six world records—all before the advent of steroids.
A Nisei, Kono was incarcerated at Tule Lake, California, during World War II. Weighing only105 pounds at age fourteen and suffering from asthma, he began competing at a time of heightened racial and political prejudice against Asians, and in an era predating modern coaching techniques, nutritional aids and training facilities.
This definitive biography covers the life and career of an exceptional athlete who defied disadvantage and achieved international renown.
Paper: 284 pp.