Ihor Mykhaylovych Rybak (Ukrainian: Ігор Михайлович Рибак, March 21, 1934 – September 28, 2005) was a Ukrainian weightlifter and Olympic champion who competed for the Soviet Union.[1]

He was born in Kharkiv.[1] Rybak represented Avanhard sports society.

Rybak won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne in the lightweight class.[1][2] He also won the 1956 European middleweight Weightlifting Championship. In the late 1950s, he became a doctor.[1]

Dr. George Eisen of Nazareth College included Rybak on his list of Jewish Olympic Medalists, as did Joseph Siegman in Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Volodymyr Kubiĭovych, Danylo Husar Struk (1993). Encyclopedia of Ukraine. University of Toronto Press. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "1956 Summer Olympics – Melbourne, Australia – Weightlifting"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on February 23, 2008)
  3. ^ Eisen, George. "Jewish Olympic Medalists", International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  4. ^ Joseph Siegman (2000). Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame. Brassey's. Retrieved February 9, 2011.