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Known to the world as "The Russian Lion", George Hackenschmidt (1877-1968) was one of the true pioneers of modern strength athletics. A world champion in both weightlifting and wrestling, he was perhaps most famous as an ambassador for strength itself—showcasing not only an unrivaled physique, but a work ethic and intellectual fitness philosophy that influenced generations.

"Hackenschmidt" is the third chapter of Rogue’s Legends Series; a collection of original biographical documentaries developed by Rogue and Terry Todd, and directed by Todd Sansom. This 34-minute film sheds new light on an incredible athlete that Dr. Todd called "the outlier’s outlier." From visiting Hackenschmidt’s hometown in Estonia to discussing his legacy with expert historians and modern strength athletes, the film helps reveal the man behind the myth, and the legend behind the "Hack Squat."


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HACKENSCHMIDT EXTRAS

Tartu

Before rising to fame as the world’s greatest wrestler, George Hackenschmidt (1877-1968) developed his work ethic, and his physique, in the countryside of his hometown of Tartu, in modern-day Estonia.

The Russian Lion

At a time when pro wrestling was still an unscripted sporting contest, Hackenschmidt benefited from a new age of photographic media, merchandising, and celebrity, as eager reporters from London to Chicago touted his greatness and dubbed him "The Russian Lion."

The Greatest Wrestler

George Hackenschmidt (1877-1968) was the first great wrestling icon of the 20th century. Undefeated across nearly 10 years and hundreds of matches—at a time when pro wrestling was still an unscripted sporting contest


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