Mijaín López Nunez, the three time Olympic champion from Cuba takes part at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest only as a spectator, guiding and supporting his fellow countrymen with his knowledge and experience.
„As a child, I was always bigger than the other children of my age” – said López. „I was ten when I got involved with wrestling, and already as a youth and junior wrestler I was considered very talented. But back then I had not have any serious results. My first big international competition was in 2002 at the Greco-Roman World Wrestling Championships staged in Moscow, where I finished on the 13th place. One year later I only achieved the 16th position. In 2004 at the Olympic Games in Athens I was fifth, which was not bad as a first attempt, but I wanted do a lot better.”
In the upcoming years the Cuban went through a had made such a progress, that in 2005, in 2007, in 2009 and in 2010 he finished on top of the podium as a world champion. The peak of his career was yet to come. López took home the gold medal in 2008 from Beijing, in 2012 from London and in 2016 from Rio de Janeiro. He resulted to be better than everyone in the 120, and then in the 130 kg category.
Thanks to his achievements, he was given the Sportsman of the Year award two times in his country. He was honored with the chance to carry the Cuban flag at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Game sin Beijing, in London and in Rio de Janeiro. The ironically called „The Kid”, and „The Terrible” – after his irresistable performances – told that „I would have never thought to achieve all this. I acquiered all the goals that I had set for myself. I am maximally satisfied.”
To the question if we will see him in Tokyo in 2020 winning his fourth Olympic gold medal, the three time Olympic, the five time world and eight time Panamerican champion answered: It would be really great to retire as a four time Olympic champion. But there are two more years ahed of us, and that is a lot of time. We will see what the future holds.”