Eric Fiorillo Host of The Award Winning Motivation and Muscle Podcast Show Welcomes Bill Hinbern to the broadcast. Bill Hinbern is a strength historian, a strength athlete who is dedicated to over 50 years of teaching the value of strength and physical culture and the owner of the world famous Superstrengthtraining.com web site.
Eric and Bill start the podcast right off talking about Tamio “Tommy” Kono who had recently passed away.
Bill tells us about what a great Olympic weight lifting champion Tommy was and how Kono set records in four different weight classes.
Bill goes on to tell Eric how Kono was a bodybuilding champion also.
Kono was born in Sacramento California in June of 1930. Kono’s family was relocated to Tule Lake Internment Camp in 1942 during WW II. Tommy was a sickly kid who at this time of relocation was introduced to weightlifting. After 3 1/2 years in the internment camp Tommy’s family were allowed to leave and he finished his high school education in Sacramento California.
As Bill tells Eric Tommy was drafted for the Korean war but was kept home after officials learned of his Olympic potential.
Kono was a gold medalist at both the 1952 and the 1956 Summer Olympics. Kono was also a silver medalist in the 1960 Summer Olympics. Kono won the World Weightlifting Championships six consecutive times from 1953 to 1959 and was a three-time Pan American Games Champion in 1955, 1959 and 1963.
Tommy trained by himself three to four times a week and could gain or lose weight very easily. He had flawless technique on the three Olympic lifts and later went on to be part of the famous York Barbell Club.
Tommy Kono was an American Hero who aspired to the word Champion. He will be sorely missed.
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