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

August 21, 2019

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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  • Reply 기Choose April 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

    심권호는 우리의 레전드이지 참 좋았다 심권도 덕분에

  • Reply Lone April 30, 2016 at 10:33 am


  • Reply Larry 306 April 30, 2016 at 11:57 am

    One step at a time……..

  • Reply Hashslingingslasher April 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    So … he cheated?

  • Reply frome April 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    심권호 선수 자랑스럽습니다💪🏻💪🏻🌟

  • Reply Renee Araujo April 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    podia ser legendado para o português….

  • Reply Hyun Jae July 1, 2016 at 5:34 am

    결승전 개바르는 클라쓰

  • Reply xxTeenIdlexx July 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm

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

  • Reply Kiran Maan July 5, 2016 at 11:39 pm


  • Reply pid pid September 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    심권호 화이팅

  • Reply 김경민 January 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    저 팔을 강호동도 못뚫더라

  • Reply 뿡뿡 February 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    와진심 멋있내요

  • Reply Hahaha April 21, 2017 at 3:48 am

    대단… 존경스럽습니다

  • Reply 김현미SBS동상이몽 KBS아침마당 May 20, 2017 at 2:51 am

    심권호 님 화이팅입니다 !!!

  • Reply J May 26, 2017 at 1:37 am


  • Reply jeesoo kim June 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm


  • Reply dirac bracket July 26, 2017 at 3:40 am

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

  • Reply Y민선님 July 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    기술도 기술이지만 정말 영리하네요

  • Reply 김슈니 August 1, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    정말 멋지십니다ㅠ 많이 배우고 갑니다

  • Reply Chan Chan August 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    대한민국 올림픽 no.1 레전드

  • Reply 서주완 August 15, 2017 at 3:11 am

    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.

  • Reply 영웅대중 September 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    레슬링 레전드 심권호

  • Reply 입니다백수 November 21, 2017 at 8:41 am

    브금 예술이네

  • Reply 방구뿡 December 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    그냥 전설 아무도 깔사람없다

  • Reply Man Flow January 3, 2018 at 3:15 am

    포기하지않고 꿋꿋하게 천천히..

  • Reply 주에덴 January 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    진짜 이분은 전설이에요ㅠㅠㅠ

  • Reply 김병조 January 16, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    심권호님 정말 긍지의 한국인 입니다.
    정말 감동입니다.
    다시봐도 소름이…

  • Reply Stan KIM January 18, 2018 at 3:36 am

    진정한 월드스타 영웅

  • Reply Ko Ko January 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm


  • Reply yt h January 21, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    두체급 그랜드슬램 달성한 레전드

  • Reply yuyuyu avert January 27, 2018 at 5:07 pm

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

  • Reply korean2sec January 31, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    내가제일 존경하는 우리나라 운동선수 top3중 한명

  • Reply 강한남자 February 3, 2018 at 3:15 am

    보면볼수록 잘생겨보이네요 ㅎㅎ

  • Reply 박트트 February 11, 2018 at 12:55 am

    축구로 카렐린이 펠레면 심권호는 마라도나지

  • Reply secret agent한국비밀요원 Korean February 22, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    좋은 말씀 감사합니다. 당신은 영원한 전설입니다.

  • Reply 잔리 February 24, 2018 at 2:08 am

    감독 안하나요? 작은거인 우리의 영웅 심권호

  • Reply f m February 27, 2018 at 12:31 am

    심판한테 이거 왜 안들어가요? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

  • Reply 서태수 March 3, 2018 at 9:52 am

    타고난 천재가 노력한 케이스의 선수
    레슬링에선 완벽 그자체

  • Reply 고진석 March 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm


  • Reply Balls93 March 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

    미국 가서 메이웨더 레슬링 도와줘라 ㅋㅋㅋ 게 UFC 간데

  • Reply PES 6 March 28, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    현역때 모습보니까 특히 목 두께가 장난이 아니었네요;;

  • Reply 나상욱 March 28, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    LH에 들어가고도 남을 인물!

  • Reply hero April 5, 2018 at 3:33 am


  • Reply Haram Bak April 5, 2018 at 11:20 am

    너무 멋있다.

  • Reply k jgyek April 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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

  • Reply flex a April 6, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    레슬링의 페더러

  • Reply Jooyeol Lee April 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    말이 필요없는 전설이다.

  • Reply 한승수 April 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    이런 영상에 어떻게 싫어요일수도 있지?

  • Reply Jesse Jiaxin April 24, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    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

  • Reply 김태욱 April 25, 2018 at 11:51 am

    진짜로 어마어마어마어마 하다 자랑스럽다

  • Reply 정동영 April 29, 2018 at 2:48 am

    심권호 선수님 정말 대단하십니다! 진짜 멋지십니다!

  • Reply 김종국가슴만지고싶다 April 29, 2018 at 4:37 am

    204전 204승 0무 0패…. 이 전적은 미친거다 ㄹㅇ

  • Reply Hyun Jae May 13, 2018 at 5:20 am


  • Reply 모아마드 May 14, 2018 at 2:17 am


  • Reply 미스터포포 June 14, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    he is legend

  • Reply 고독한 July 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

    심권호 이거볼때마다 감동이다 ㅜㅜ

  • Reply cho co July 19, 2018 at 6:02 am

    결혼 빨리 하시길 ….

  • Reply Sunil Saroj July 20, 2018 at 9:12 am

    very nice A

  • Reply 안녕하세요감사합니다 August 10, 2018 at 10:15 am

    진짜 멋진 사람

  • Reply 사이다 August 19, 2018 at 2:43 am

    레슬링하면 심권호 끝

  • Reply 불매일본제품 August 23, 2018 at 1:51 am

    wrestling legend

  • Reply 깡까망머리 August 24, 2018 at 7:47 am

    솔직히 우리나라 운동 수상 경력 보면, 심권호가 무조건 넘버원임

  • Reply 그래도 내가 하지않았어 August 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    이분은 전설이다.

  • Reply 브베 댕장꿍 August 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    와 진적이 없네ㅋㅋ

  • Reply Side Effect September 12, 2018 at 7:17 am

    명예의 전당.

  • Reply 박영민 September 15, 2018 at 2:54 am

    그대는 대한민국 역사상 최고의 운동 선수 입니다~!

  • Reply 혓녹색잎 September 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    볼때마다 대단함

  • Reply 서태수 February 7, 2019 at 12:13 am

    레슬링 천재

  • Reply 기묘한tv February 18, 2019 at 5:13 am

    솔직히 진짜멋있지않나여??쿠바선수 절박한거보세여 ㅎㄷㄷ

  • Reply Mountain King May 11, 2019 at 7:35 am

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

  • Reply 한일자동펌프 May 14, 2019 at 10:35 am

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

  • Reply Wonseok Lee July 6, 2019 at 10:18 am

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

  • Reply 의정부고 July 6, 2019 at 10:36 am

    천재 심권호형 … 96,2000올림픽 위너

  • Reply 놀란부자흥한부자 July 7, 2019 at 6:38 am


  • Reply 법진 July 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

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

  • Reply Mo Mo July 13, 2019 at 9:05 am


  • Reply 설고은 July 13, 2019 at 9:40 am


  • Reply Dongseok Yang July 13, 2019 at 9:50 am


  • Reply Frédéric Chopin July 14, 2019 at 6:38 am

    작은 거인 심권호…

  • Reply 묵직한돌주먹 July 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

    흑형 흰자 머꼬..

  • Reply 리차드기어 July 14, 2019 at 11:14 am

    ㅋㅋㅋ 계속 돌아가내

  • Reply 호날두메시 July 14, 2019 at 3:58 pm

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

  • Reply 장민 July 14, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    가슴아프다 조회수

  • Reply Seungyong Kim July 15, 2019 at 12:23 am

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

  • Reply 역사잼 July 17, 2019 at 2:44 am

    긴말 필요없는 남자 그냥 신

  • Reply 김태식 July 17, 2019 at 12:44 pm

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

  • Reply 신연우 July 17, 2019 at 4:40 pm


  • Reply 백영호 July 19, 2019 at 2:28 am

    눈물나네요 우리에겐 엄청난 추억과 기쁨이었죠^^

  • Reply M I July 23, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    쿠바선수야 그니까 왜 한국에 대놓고 깝죽됬냐ㅋㅋ 권호형님에게 걸리면 그렇게 8대0으로 망신당한다ㅋㅋ

  • Reply 군밤먹고싶어 July 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm

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

  • Reply 이주호 July 26, 2019 at 1:31 am

    참 멋진 인생이다.

  • Reply 가먹구 July 26, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    요새 몸너무 안챙기는거같아 걱정되요 심권호씨

    몸챙기시고 당신은 대한민국에 영웅입니당^^♡

  • Reply Mr.Sexy:Panda August 4, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Random english comment passing through..

  • Reply Wan Kim August 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

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

  • Reply 이석휘 August 8, 2019 at 10:08 am

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

  • Reply Lee Lee August 8, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Koeran Legend.

  • Reply Blood Bone August 13, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    He is korean

  • Reply atom 2 August 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    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.

  • Reply 빽돈TV August 19, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    양키 심판들 6점 득점할때 어이없다는 듯 웃는거 보소ㅋㅋ

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