Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Korean 'Iron Man' Kim wins historic Olympic skeleton gold

Korean 'Iron Man' Kim wins historic Olympic skeleton gold

Yun, who made history last month by becoming the first Korean world champion in men's skeleton, did not take part in the final round of the season in Germany in order to practise for the Olympics.

He and the rest of the field were left looking up at Sungbin, though, who thrilled the home fans and cruised to gold.

Before he was about to take part in his second Winter Games, Yun said he treats the Olympics as any other global competition. He's been dominant for so many years.

Anthony Watson, the first Jamaican to compete in the skeleton event at the Winter Games, had a nervous start in his Olympic debut in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Wednesday night (Thursday morning, South Korea time).

Yun smashed that. South Korea has its first Olympic sliding gold, and got it emphatically.

Head coach Lee Yong said Yun knew the curves and turns of the Olympic Sliding Centre better than anyone.

Yun sank to his knees as he soaked up the adulation of the crowd, thanking them for their raucous support as they chanted: "Yun Sung-bin, Yun Sung-bin!" "That support really helped push me to win the gold medal".

"It is not my effort alone that got me this medal", he said.

The only drama in the final heat was who would finish second. "Martins is one of the skeleton greats so I didn't expect him to make a mistake on his last Olympic run but I was very lucky. that he did". Tregubov won that battle, edging Dom Parsons of Britain.

"It was a very hard time for me actually, but right now I experience unbelievable feelings", Tregubov said.

While it was Parsons celebrating the bronze in Pyeongchang, American Matt Antoine was in that position in 2014 when he finished in third place in Sochi.

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