The New York Times, November 27, 1956
“Melbourne, Australia (1956 Olympic Games) —Paul Anderson of Toccoa, Georgia, won the heavyweight weightlifting event in an epic three-hour test of strength. . . Anderson’s triumph, one of the most dramatic in Olympic history, was finally achieved at 3:00 A.M., Melbourne time.
Heading into the Olympics, Paul needed strength other than his own to win The Gold Medal. Desperately ill with a raging fever, Paul was too weak to lift the poundage which he normally raised with great ease. He cried out to his Heavenly Father and rededicated his life to Jesus Christ. This divine intervention enabled Paul to break an Olympic record to win The Gold. He left the Olympics with a dream in his heart to help his fellowman. His bodily strength continued to amaze with feats such as his most famous 6,270 pound back lift which was documented by The Guinness Book of World Records and Famous First Facts as the greatest weight ever lifted by a human being. His greatest accomplishments were demonstrated in his great love for Jesus Christ, his family, his country, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home, A Christian alternative to juvenile and adult correctional programs for young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one.