Pyeongchang 2018

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South Korea’s Iron Man Yun Sung-Bin races to Skeleton gold

Iron man takes gold!

South Korea’s Yun Sung-Bin rocketed to skeleton gold, becoming the first athlete outside Europe or North America to win an Olympic sliding medal.

Wearing an Iron Man-style helmet and red racing suit, the 23-year-old dominated the event to capture the host’s second gold at the PyeongChang Games.

Yun finished 1.63 seconds ahead of Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, with British slider Dom Parsons clinching bronze.

Fan favourite Yun

The hugely popular Yun entered the final run leading by more than a second. South Korea’s superhero produced once again the fastest time, reaching top speeds of over 125 km/h  to seal the victory with the biggest margin in Olympic skeleton.

But the show was far from over. Yun delighted the crowd with a deep bow on his hands and knees to thank his frenzied fans for their support.

First Asian Skeleton medal

Yun’s triumph is a significant feat, as it is not only his country’s first medal in any sliding event, but the first ever by an Asian skeleton racer. Last month, Yun clinched the World Cup, another first by a South Korean. The young talent won five of his seven World Cup races this season, finishing second in two others.

Home ice advantage

Having secured his spot as world champion, Yun skipped the last World Cup race of the season in order to prepare for PyeongChang.

Yun knows the track at the Olympic Sliding Center better than anyone else.

For almost two years, the South Korean has spent hundreds of training hours there and studying every little detail. In the end, local knowledge paid off.


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