In South Korea, people say that if you win a gold medal in the Olympic Games, you should retire while on top of your game. I have never considered that. After winning the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics, weight classes changed. I thought I would dominate my weight class for at least a decade. Then I was not a champion anymore and I had to challenge the champion in the new 54kg weight class as a newcomer. This is the Sydney 2000 Olympic final. At that time, all the Korean people, including my coach, thought I would lose the match. My weight, body shape and power was not good enough. At first, I was actively offensive in the match. The reason for this was that if he tried to avoid my attacks, he would likely get a passive penalty. He got the passive penalty, and to be frank with you, I staked my all on this chance. I thought if I get to 10 points then I would win the match and so was only thinking about that. As he would have nothing, I would have won the match by technical fall. I was just about to stand up when I found out I had only scored 8 points instead. So the match returned to the standing position. You have two 3-minute rounds in a Wrestling match, and in this situation when you have 8 points, you won’t have any difficulties in the first round. However, you will have a lot of problems in the second round. Now we have 25 seconds left but it feels like an eternity when you are winning the match. I was slowly defending and getting my breath back in this situation. In the standing position, I had disadvantages and I could not find his weakness. Therefore, I think he was defending because he was excellent at the standing position and would have liked to continue standing up. 1 minute has passed and this standing-off situation continued. The Cuban athlete’s defensive technique was to draw his abdomen right onto the floor and so I came up with a new defensive technique similar to that. The Cuban guy had an excellent technique and once he grabbed his opponent properly, he performed his moves three to four times in one go. With my new defensive technique, I prevented him from grabbing my body underneath my abdomen. In the standing position, I defended all the offensive attempts from my opponent. I tried my best to shake his balance with my head so he couldn’t find a chance to tackle me. I kept a constant distance from him using my head as well. But, the Cuban athlete had one more chance. On the previous penalty, the defensive skills had been successful so I was able to perform my defense even better this time around. Now I could perfectly prevent him from placing his hands underneath my armpits and I thought I would rather die than allow his hands underneath me. I really thought that I would be killed if my arms would spread wide. In the end, he was staring at the judge and he appealed he could not put his hands underneath my armpits. That’s how the match ended. In this match, I was convinced that the human abilities were endless. Even though everybody says ‘you will not be able to’ or ‘you will fail’, including one of my best friends, if you are convinced you should never give up and always give your best. You shouldn’t try to get a big thing or take two or three steps in one go but you should climb up one step at a time and you will get to the top of the high building. That’s how I got the result at Sydney 2000.