Charles Vinci

Charles " Chuck" Vinci ( born February 28, 1933, Cleveland / Ohio) was an American weightlifter.


Charles Vinci was the son of Italian immigrants in the United States. He grew up in Cleveland and worked as a teenager with bodybuilding and weightlifting. When he showed a good investment in weightlifting in regional competitions, he was taken by the mentor of the U.S. weightlifting Bob Hofmann at the York Barbell Club and generously supported because the U.S. weightlifting team, which at the time with the weightlifters of the Soviet Union fought for the supremacy in the world, good weightlifter needed in the light weight classes. "Chuck" Vinci, who was only 1.50 m tall, this confidence justified fully, since he began in 1955 a large weightlifting career, which culminated in winning two Olympic gold medals.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championships, Ba = bantamweight )

USA Championships

World Records

(all obtained bantamweight )

In beidarmigen Press:

In beidarmigen tearing:

In beidarmigen Launched:

In Olympic triathlon:

  • 342.5 kg, 1956 in Melbourne,
  • 345 kg, 1960 in Rome