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Ending the U.S.S.R. and breaking the „Iron Wall“ the socialist countries joined  the democratic World. In 1989 the first bodybuilding contest between U.S.S.R. and U.S.A. was organized in the U.S.S.R. city of Leningrad (Матчеваявстреча «С.С.С.Р. С.Ш.А.»). There were ten American athletes and twenty from the U.S.S.R. side. We will not speak about the competition itself as many participants of is did it many times. We will speak about the facts which remained unknown for thirty years.

That was the first time in the history when U.S.A. bodybuilders visited the U.S.S.R.. Both sides made great preparations for the event. Organizers, trainers, athletes worked a lot. Also worked and special secret services, like K.G.B.. Everybody expected that together with U.S.A. bodybuilders the owner and the President of the I.F.B.B. (International Federation of Body Builders) BEN WEIDER will visit the U.S.S.R. too.


In 2002 President W.F.F. – W.B.B.F. International (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS met his old friend American LOUIS ZWICK in German Stuttgart. At that time LOUIS ZWICK was a known organizer of International contests like “America Pageant”, “Fame”, “Hit the Rock” etc.. LOUIS ZWICK was not only organizer of these contests. He also was a producer of the television that was working at this event in Germany too. LOUIS ZWICK organized this competition as well as all other just to make a film of it and after to sell the reports to the American sport E.S.P.N. television.


In 2002 in Germany LOUIS ZWICK organized a very specific contest. He named it “European Championship”. He brought from America to Germany a number of athletes and all those athletes took first six places among top competitors. Participating German sportsmen were only like a decoration for Americans. Again the contest was filmed. The interviews of American athletes and some spectators were taken.

As DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS knew LOUIS ZWICK since 1989 first visit of the U.S.A. bodybuilders to the U.S.S.R. both have spoken on various topics. Among them was the historic 1989 contest “U.S.S.R. versus U.S.A.”. LOUIS ZWICK surprised saying he was the initiator from America side of this competition in1989. He was selecting every participant personally discussing the individual conditions of his participation in the U.S.S.R.. Finally he collected the necessary team of bodybuilders. LOUIS ZWICK was taking a big financial risk. Having no his personal money LOUIS ZWICK rented the necessary money from the bank to pay all costs of the event from the American athletes side. Nobody knew what will happen…


At that time for a number of years the best U.S.S.R. bodybuilder was VIKTORAS JUCYS from Klaipeda (Lithuania). It seemed he must participate against Americans in 1989 Leningrad competition.   But the plans of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS who was the trainer and sponsor of VIKTORAS JUCYS  were different. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was thinking of his personal meeting with BEN WEIDER  and their discussion of the future plans of common work.  Both DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and BEN WEIDR  were in close correspondence for long years and both were waiting for the moment of meeting.

At the backstage of the “U.S.S.R. – U.S.A.” contest in Leningrad was a group of U.S.A. television men. They were filming the event. Speaking with one of them (later we learned that he was LOUIS ZWICK) DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS told him  that the best U.S.S.R. bodybuilders ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS (Siauliai, Lithuania)  and VIKTORAS JUCYS are present at the event but they will not participate. LOUIS ZWICK was surprised about this and invited all three of us to shoot a film next day.


Next morning DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took VIKTORAS JUCYS  and ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS down of the hotel to meet the LOUIS ZWICK  and his filming men. Americans explained that they are followed by people from secret services, like K.G.B. and they want all of us to run away from them. Only then the filming will be free of political pressure and represent reality. So we did. We jumped into a free minibus “Latvia” which was close to the hotel and left. We went to a primitive old bodybuilding gym in the suburbs of Leningrad City. Nobody was there but few local athletes. An interview of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was taken and training of VIKTORAS JUCYS  and ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS was filmed. LOUIS CWICK asked VIKTORAS JUCYS to end the filming with some words in English. Tought by DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS he said: “America – we will pump You up!”.

Later about the contest “U.S.S.R. versus U.S.A.”, about training of the best U.S.S.R. bodybuilders VIKTORAS JUCYS  and ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS, about the life in the USSR  LOUIS ZWICK made several films. Those films he successfully sold the  E.S.P.N. television in America and covered his expenses for the U.S.A. bodybuilding team. Later LOUIS ZWICK  sent those films to DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS (films are kept in the archives of the W.F.F. – W.B.B.F. International).


To meet BEN WEIDER DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS succeeded only after the contest “S.S.S.R. versus U.S.A.”. That was in restaurant “Trojka” where the organizers made a banquet for V.I.P. Persons. Both DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and BEN WEIDER  were sitting close together and had several hours to discuss the matters both of them planned to as both decided not to discuss this in their correspondence. Ending the discussion BEN WEIDER invited DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to be his personal guest at the coming World Championship in Paris (France). And this happened as decided.


Just before the meeting of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS  and BEN WEIDER a meeting of the U.S.S.R. bodybuilding organizers had happened. It was in the hotel of Leningrad. At this meeting participated DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS, the U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation General Secretary, ALEKSANDRAS NOVIKOVAS, RAMUTIS KAIRAITIS (Both Officials of the U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation) and today‘s famous photo artist ALGIMANTAS ALEKSANDRAVICIUSand the best U.S.S.R. bodybuilder at that time VIKTORAS JUCYS. Learned about the coming meeting of the DSc. EDMUDAS DAUBARAS with BEN WEIDER, the U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation General Secretary insisted that he is intending to come with him too. Then DSc.EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS refused as he did not wanted to have any problems with the U.S.S.R. secret services. DSC. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS inumerated  „bad deals“ of the U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation General Secretary that were done in previous years. That were through the U.S.S.R. secret services (K.G.B.) ruined in 1979 International contest the ”U.S.S.R. versus Czechoslovakia” (documents are in the archives of the W.F.F. – W.B.B.F. International), in 1988 ruined participation of a number of the best U.S.S.R. bodybuilders at the World Championship in Australia. Also DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS reminded the prohibition of ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS to participate at the Georg Tenno Memorial in Estonia and other intrigues of the U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation General Secretary. Then the U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation General Secretary started crying and knelt on the knees begging to forget those things.

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