Joseph Dube

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Joseph Dube
Dube at the 1968 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Douglas Dube
BornFebruary 15, 1944 (1944-02-15) (age 79)
Altha, Florida, U.S.[1]
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight146 kg (322 lb)
ClubYork Barbell Club
Coached byDick Smith[2]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Total – 591 kg (1,300 lbs)
Press – 210 kg (463 lbs)
Snatch – 167 kg (369 lbs)
Clean&Jerk – 215 kg (474 lbs)[1]
Medal record
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1968 Mexico City +90 kg
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1968 Mexico City +90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1969 Warsaw +110 kg
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1967 Winnipeg +90 kg
World's Strongest Man
7th 1979 World's Strongest Man

Joseph Douglas "Joe" Dube (born February 15, 1944) is an American weightlifter, world champion, Olympic Games medalist and strongman competitor. He won a bronze medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics,[3] and set two world records in the clean and press the same year.[4] As of 2022 he is still the last male American weightlifter to win the world title in weightlifting, which he achieved in 1969.[5]

Dube took up weightlifting in 1958, together with his elder brother Virgil. He learned the technique by reading weightlifting magazines and talking to Paul Anderson and his coach Dick Smith. He stopped competing in 1972–1979 due to an injury to the left elbow. He won the America's Cup in Honolulu in 1980, and retired in January 1982. In 1996 he had a total hip replacement.[2]

Between 1962 and 1996, Dube worked for an insurance company based in Jacksonville, Florida.[2]

Dube in media[edit]

Dube was a guest of President Richard Nixon at the White House.[6] He also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.[2] He is briefly mentioned briefly in the novel The Book of Air and Shadows, whose fictional protagonist is said to have competed in the 1968 Olympics.

Dube is an accomplished artist and has work on display with the Art of the Olympians.[7] He is a member of the US Weightlifting Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ a b Joseph Dube.
  2. ^ a b c d e Arthur Chidlovski (March 2005) ONE-ON-ONE WITH JOE DUBE.
  3. ^ Dube lifted the same total weight as the silver medalist Serge Reding, but had a larger body weight.
  4. ^ Joseph Dube.
  5. ^ "World Championship – Weightlifting Medalists". Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
  6. ^ "President Richard Nixon's Daily Diary" (PDF). White House. December 1, 1969. p. 2. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Art of the Olympians – Joe Dube". Retrieved December 22, 2015.

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