February 16, 2003

Weightlifting Hall of Famer Sablo Dies
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rudy Sablo, a U.S. Weightlifting Hall of Fame member and a former firefighter, died. He was 84.

Sablo was a leading weightlifter, coach and administrator for more than 60 years, serving as chairman of the Amateur Athletic Union's national weightlifting committee. He died on Feb. 4 at his Manhattan home.

He managed the U.S. weightlifting teams in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and served on the United States Olympic Committee's board.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Sablo put to use his more than 20 years of experience as a firefighter by donning his old uniform and assisting crews at the World Trade Center site. He obliged a request from firefighters to donate his uniform to their museum.

Sablo also served as a physical instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.