Why The Weightlifting Fetish? Weightlifting is a relatively obscure sport. But all the intellectual media types love Olympic weightlifting! Slate ! The Times ! And more of the Times ! Today we applaud German Matthias Steiner, who became the World's Strongest Man with a clean and jerk of 569 pounds and a snatch of 447 pounds. By comparison, I once permanently injured my shoulder snatching a 50 pound dumbbell. Which is to say, the media is scared of being beaten up.