At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, men competed in eight bodyweight categories: up to 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg and +105kg. Women participated in seven categories: up to 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, and +75kg.
This year, the Olympics are to be held in Beijing and the weightlifting programme of events for the 2008 Beijing Games is the same.
According to the IOC, the most successful Olympic weightlifters of all time are Naim Süleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu of Turkey, Pyrros Dimas, and Kakhi Kakhiasvillis of Greece, each of whom won three Olympic titles. In addition, Hungary Imre Földi, Ronnie Weller and Ingo Steinhöfel hold a special record being that they are five-times Olympians.