The Sight and Sound of Weightlifting Steve Galvan and John Filippini

We interview Steve Galvan (photographer) and John Fillipini (announcer). These guys are what we consider the sight and sound of Olympic Weightlifting. JP interviewed Steve and Anton interviewed John. We mashed the two episodes together for a little something different. Hope you guys like the episode!

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In this episode we talk about:

  • International Weightlifting
  • Steve Galvan’s start in photography
  • How Steve became an IWF photographer
  • John Filippini’s start in announcing Weightlifting
  • How John got started in Weightlifting
  • John’s many roles in Weightlifting (Outsite of lifting and coaching)

Steve Galvan

Steve Galvan, a native of San Antonio, Texas is an International Weightlifting Federation and Hookgrip media professional. He is also the owner of 210 CrossFit.


You may not know Galvan well or see him on stage at Weightlifting competitions, and that’s because he’s constantly behind the scenes snapping photos of the world’s best weightlifters. If you’re on Instagram and you enjoy Weightlifting, you should follow Galvan’s photography account: Sick Angles.


John Filippini

John Filippini is a lifter, coach, and ambassador for Weightlifting in the United States and across the globe. Filippini has been coaching since 2009 in both Weightlifting and CrossFit. He’s a National level USAW Coach, who has taken athletes to the Senior National and Masters Pan-Am competition levels.


Filiippini continues to prioritize being a developmental coach to beginners and beginning coaches by sticking closely to the fundamentals. The “results are simply a matter of work and dedication over time”, says Filippini.


Other experience:

  • USA Weightlifting National Coach
  • Lead instructor for USA Weightlifting Coaching Certifications
  • USA Weightlifting National Referee
  • USA Weightlifting Maryland & Potomac Valley President
  • Meet director for the 2014 American Open in Washington, DC
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Anton Jefferson
Anton lifts weights, coaches, and publishes OLIFT Magazine.

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