KOBALADZE George < Back  
Sport Weightlifting
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 24 May 1976 in Ts'khinvali, URS
Height1.86 m
Weight 130 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Natalia, son Luca [2009]
Residence Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Languages French, Georgian
Higher education Physical Education - Sports Institute of Tbilisi: Georgia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began weightlifting at age 13 in Georgia.
Why this sport? His father introduced him to the sport. "When my father took me to the gym, I immediately knew that I would stay in the sport."
Club / Team Les Geants de Montreal: Canada
Name of coach Jean-Patrick Millette [personal], CAN
General Interest
Hobbies Table tennis. (olympic.ca, 16 Nov 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 105kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (cbc.ca, 31 Jul 2014)
Hero / Idol Georgian-Greek weightlifter Kakhi Kakhiashvili, his father Jimsher Kobaladze. (olympic.ca, 16 Nov 2014; firstpull.net, 07 Mar 2014)
Injuries In 2003 he sustained a neck injury that required a titanium plate to be inserted in his shoulder blade. (canoe.ca, 15 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Hard work inevitably leads to success." (olympic.ca, 16 Nov 2014)
Other information FROM GEORGIA TO CANADA
After sustaining a neck injury in 2003, his weightlifting career with the Georgian national team came to an end. As severance, the Georgian Weightlifting Federation [GEOWF] offered him a one-way ticket to Canada. After moving to Montreal in Quebec, he continued training three days a week while holding down a number of different jobs, which included working as a removals man. He gained Canadian citizenship in 2008. "Moving to Montreal was an easy decision as there was already a big Georgian presence in the city." (canoe.ca, 15 Jul 2015; olympic.ca, 16 Nov 2014)