Olympic Lifting before Crossfit?

No doubt Crossfit has grown people's awareness about Olympic Lifting, but before Crossfit, how were people in general exposed to it?  I know it's in the Olympics, but it's not something most people watching the Olympics tuned into.  Plus, I never saw gyms that offered in it or anything.  I'm no powerlifter/bodybuilder and mainly lift for sport, but I've been in boatloads of gyms and can't distinctly recall seeing much of it before Crossfit came along.

Chicken and steak bro.

samichlaus -

Chicken and steak bro.

Well fuck me, it was in my fridge all along...