Сегодня родился Заикин Иван Михайлович
On November 17, 1880 Zaikin Ivan Mikhaylovich was born. This is a legendary Russian and Soviet athlete (weightlifting), a pilot, a circus performer. His scenic name was "The captain of air and the King of iron". He had to work since 12 years. In youthful years Zaikin dreamed to become as strong as the father - the fist fighter, famous on Volga. In 1904 Zaikin became a professional athlete and a fighter. Zaikin dreamed to become also a pilot. He went to aviacourses and in 1910 he makes a series of indicative flights around Russia cities by plane. Zaikin was on friendly terms with such outstanding persons as Kuprin, Gorky, Shalyapin, Blok, Alexey Tolstoy, Rasputin … Growth Zaikin was 186 cm and he weighed 120 kg and he was the brightest and the most known athlete of his time.