At 72, 4-Time Weightlifting Champion Wants Return to Glory

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A campaign launched Tuesday on the Finnish crowdfunding platform mesenaatti.me about Esko Ketola. At 72, Ketola is a four-time world powerlifting champion who, despite his age and the potential risk to his health, refuses to give up the dream of winning a fifth championship.

The documentary titled Teräsvaari wants to follow Ketola on his journey.

The 95-day campaign hopes to raise €12,000 but has a minimum goal of €3,000. Thus far the campaign has raised €90 from four funders.

“Only soft gives up,” Ketola said in the video below.

This documentary is being made by a team of University of Tampere Applied Sciences (TAMK) Film and Television students. Director Janiv Oskar is Ketola’s grandson.

Visit terasvaaridokumentti.com to learn more.


Teräsvaari-dokumentti Teaser from Teräsvaari-dokumentti on Vimeo.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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