South Korean makes history with skeleton gold


On a national holiday in Korea - the start of a lunar new year - Yun became a national hero, winning gold in the men's skeleton event at the Pyeongchang Olympics. "Thank you skeleton emperor Yun Sung-bin". He is looking to become the first Asian to win a medal in an Olympic skeleton competition.

"It has been my dream to win the gold medal since I started off in skeleton", the South Korean told reporters after triumphing by a record margin of 1.63 seconds. British slider Dom Parsons moved up from fourth to third at 2:31.59.

"After the medal ceremony, I just went to the athletes' village and ate some food because I was so hungry", he said.

"It is not my effort alone that got me this medal". The athletes came from Winter Olympics mainstays like the United States, Austria, Canada, Germany and Switzerland - but Sun Yung-Bin of South Korea emphatically changed that on Friday in South Korea.

PyeongChang 2018Thousands of fans packed into the Alpensia Sliding Centre to witness history being made as local favourite Yun Sung-bin claimed gold in the men's skeleton on 16 February.

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"Naturally there were some difficulties and it was tougher because some of our athletes were not allowed to participate", the Russian said. "Even now I nearly don't believe I did it".

The 23-year-old burst onto the scene over the past year with a World Cup title, making him the favorite to bring home gold in this competition.

He is among the 168 Russians granted a place in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee after being deemed drug-free. "If you are late, you have to clean the streets for example, so I'm used to being disciplined".

Any medal for a host nation athlete will always cause excitement, but Yun's gold represented a huge milestone.

Antoine took home bronze in this event four years ago, while Daly was in position for a medal before struggling in the fourth run. "But Yun absolutely smashed it".