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Sim Kwon-ho [KOR] on his quest for Greco-Roman Wrestling gold

Sim Kwon-ho [KOR] on his quest for Greco-Roman Wrestling gold


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.

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100 thoughts on “Sim Kwon-ho [KOR] on his quest for Greco-Roman Wrestling gold

  1. Sad that your coach or even friends doesn't support and believe in you. But he made it and demostrate it

  2. Brilliant athlete who used his smarts against a stronger opponent to take away the gold. Well done indeed!

  3. 지금 봐도 눈물나는 도전이네요. 심권호의 저 죽기살기로 도전했던 열정과 노력이 고스란히 전해지는 것 같아 가슴이 뭉클합니다. 정말 하얗게 불태운 청춘의 아름다운 모습 지켜 볼수 있게 해줘서 고맙습니다.

  4. 그냥 멋지다고만 생각했는데
    전략으로 짜여진 행동이였고
    했던 노력은 일반인들은 상상하지도 못할정도일듯…

  5. 한국선수중 따라올 선수 없고 세계레슬링 명에의전당이면 말다한거지 ㅎㅎㅎ
    대단하단 말밖에 안나온다..이런선수 이제 한국에서 나오기 힘들걸??
    심권호선수 술좀 그만먹고 건강 챙기세요~ 안타깝네요

  6. Imagine how much he weighed back then in Atlanta 1996 as he competed in the 48kg wrestling, and he had to challenge the opponents at the 54 kg wrestling in Sydney 2000 with his significantly smaller frame and height. Winning a gold medal at a new weight class is definitely inspiring but imagine he had to fight all the way from the preliminary round to the final. Huge respect to this man. What he said was totally right, taking one step at a time to reach the top, there are no shortcuts for success

  7. 대한민국에서 가장 한 종목에서 세계 최강으로 압도적이었던 남자. 황영조 이봉주 김연아조차 넘어설 수 없는 세계 레슬링 최강의 남자.

  8. 레스링협회나 국가나 둘중 한군데에서만 잘밀어줬어도 지금보다 더 그이상 전설이됐을껀데 대한민국….ㅉㅉ

  9. 이 영상은 처음부터 끝까지 다봐야하지만.. 5:57 부터는 영상,음악,권호형님 멘트까지 삼박자가 정말 환상

  10. 유일무이한 지구 최초의 경량급 최강자, 인간계에서 두번 다시 나오기 불가능한 명실상부한 레슬링의 신!

  11. 올림픽 2연패 세계선수권 2연패 아시안게임 2연패 두체급석권. 이거 실화냐?? 기록자체만보면 차범근 손흥민 박찬호 김연아 박지성보다 월등한 한국최고의 스포츠영웅이다!!

  12. 우리나라 국민운동을 태권도 말고 레슬링으로 하면 전세계 어딜가도 안맞고 다니는데 ㅋㅋ바꿔야돼바꿔야돼!!

  13. 이 양반이 평소엔 재미지고 장난기 많아도 레슬링 얘기만 나오면 엄청 엄근진. 그만큼 열정과 애착이 있어서인 듯. 물론 그만한 미친 성과를 이뤄냈고. 존경심이 …

  14. 심권호가 한 저 레슬링 그라운드 방어기 저때 처음 심권호가 만든거고 지금은 레슬링의 기본이된기술중에하나라네요 그래서 흑형이 화낸거임 생전 보지도 듣지도 못한기술에 당한거니깐

  15. 요새 몸너무 안챙기는거같아 걱정되요 심권호씨

    몸챙기시고 당신은 대한민국에 영웅입니당^^♡

  16. 너무 존경스럽고 건강관리 잘 하시어
    과거의 자신을 보고 지금도 현재에 행복하시길 기원합니당

  17. 심권호…선수! 우리에게는 영원히 심권호선수 이자 우리나라의 영웅입니다.
    건강 항상 관리 잘하시고 좋은 소식만 전해주세요~~ 영원히 잊지 못할 올림픽 금메달 경기 보여주어서 고맙습니다~^^

  18. 운동에서 체급이 올라간다는 건 무게만 무거워지는 게 아님. 체급에 따라 주로 쓰이는 기술이 바뀌기 때문에, 방어과 공격에 대한 기술체계와 게임플랜을 처음부터 다시 새롭게 짜야함. 구력이 오래될수록 이미 자기만의 스타일이 명확하게 생기기 때문에 체급을 올릴바에야 은퇴를 하는 일이 많아지는거임. 근데 두체급에서 세계 챔피언이다? 그건 진짜.. 미친 천재라는 거.

  19. 이만기한테 반말들을 분이 아니다.
    예능나와서 좀 쩌리 취급 받는거보면 화가 난다.
    대한민국 모든 스포츠 스타 중 베스트다. 이분.
    미친 경력임을 조금만 관심있게 본 사람들은 다 안다

  20. 한국에서는 외모지상주의때문에 엄청난 업적에도 불구하고 대우는..토지주택공사 부장…
    우리나라는 스케일이 작음…
    그마저도 이분이 현역시절 소속이어서
    손흥민 김연아도 감당안될 체력훈련를 버티고 레슬링 명예의 전당에 오른..살아있는 전설

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