Skeleton - South Korea crowns 'Iron Man' Yun as skeleton emperor

Cheryl Sanders
February 18, 2018

South Korea's "Iron Man", Yun Sung-bin rocketed to the men's skeleton gold on Friday and become the first athlete outside Europe or North America to win an Olympic sliding medal after dominating the event at the Pyeongchang Games. Yun was simply dominant.

What's more, he won with a comfortable margin, finishing 1.63 seconds ahead of the silver medalist Nikita Tregubov from Russian Federation.

Americans Matt Antoine and John Daly finished 11th and 16th, respectively.

Yun, 23, set the pace with a blistering first run, putting up a track record mark of 50.28 seconds.

Parsons had been standing next to Russian athlete Tregubov after Martin's bad run put him into a podium position.

He was somehow better in his second run, clipping 0.21 seconds off his course record in front of a frenzied South Korean crowd. Because it's a national holiday in South Korea, Yun had wondered how much support he would receive. On his first run, he hit the wall coming out of the infamous ninth turn and struggled the rest of the run, essentially ending his shot at a medal. The alpine events were a boon for the Austrians, particularly in the men's super-G, where Matthias Meyer broke Norway's 16-year run of golds by taking first; he's the first Austrian (and first non-Norwegian) to win an Olympic super-G race since legendary skier Hermann Maier back in 1998.

"I don't know, it hasn't really sunk in yet - I thought I'd lost it after that fourth run", he said after a mistake from Latvia's Tomass Dukurs allowed him to slip into medal contention. After the round-robin competition of 10 participating nations, four teams will be eligible for the semifinal.

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