Defending Olympic gold medalist Hossein Tavakoli blew out his knee in an excruciating injury at the Asian Weightlifting Championships last month, but don't think it crushed his spirit. Tehran-based sports writer Negin Hosseini interviewed Tavakoli at his home and the very popular 105-kg category lifter, who looks like his next stop should be a Hollywood movie, was in good spirits. "I see good improvement in the healing process . . . I do hope I get well enough to take part in the Olympic Games. Remember: Nobody ever thought I could win a gold medal in the last Olympics, but I won it with the help of God, and now a miracle might happen again and take me to Athens. I think one should be realistic and accept the bitter realities of life, but I think there is no IMPOSSIBLE for mankind. Right now, the most important is regaining my health, and if I gain my health again, then I will certainly come back to lifting, stronger than ever. Pray for me to get well."
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