Hong Kong's golden girl Lee Lai-shan has admitted that it will be harder for her to emulate her 1996 million-dollar feat at the Sydney Olympics. The SAR's sole Olympic gold medallist received a million bucks for winning the windsurfing medal at the Atlanta Games four years ago from the Sports Development Board and Hang Seng Bank. Yesterday the SDB and Hang Seng Bank joined hands again to announce another million-dollar payout for any local athlete who wins a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics this September. 'It will be a lot tougher this time. But I will be trying my best,' said San San, the Hong Kong athlete with the only realistic chance of coming close to gold. This is her third Olympics. 'She is the only one who can do it at the Olympics,' said Timothy Fok, president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee. 'I hope she can achieve it again.' Fok is anxious for San San to win to boost Hong Kong sport as the SAR bids to win the right to stage the 2006 Asian Games. So once again all hopes are pinned on San San, who says the course in Darling Harbour will be a real test of endurance. 'Last time in Savannah we had to race only on one course and it was easy to get used to the conditions. But this time the Sydney organisers will be using three different courses so as to accommodate spectators. The conditions will be different at all three courses,' said San San. She added: 'There are also a lot of hills and tall buildings in and around the harbour and this has an effect on wind changes. There are sudden gusts and that will be hard to get used to.' San San had first-hand knowledge of the vagaries of sailing in Sydney Harbour when she finished third at the Sail Sydney regatta last week. Two collisions on the same day with another board sailor saw her lose her lead and concede the title to arch-rival Barbara Kendall of New Zealand, silver medallist at the Atlanta Games in 1996. 'One of the reasons why I lost last week was due to the sudden shift in wind conditions,' said San San. 'Barbara and the others have had more preparation and are more used to the conditions out there. But I will be giving it my best shot.' Coach Rene Appel was not overly worried by the setback. 'It is better that she made a mistake now than at the Olympics.' Having stayed away from international competition for more than six months last year due to her studies, San San is now in catch-up mode. 'At the moment I feel I'm still 30 per cent off my peak. But I have five more months and I think that is sufficient time. I gained a lot of valuable experience from sailing in Sydney last week and I think it will help me hugely at the Games.' The incentive scheme will also reward athletes who win silver and bronze medals as well as finishing in fourth to eighth positions. Cash prizes will also be given to medal winners at the Sydney Paralympics.