South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history Friday as he become Asia's first Olympic skeleton champion after completely dominating the daredevil event in Pyeongchang.
Yun clocked a combined time of three minutes, 20.55 seconds for his four runs, with Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete From Russia, taking silver.
"It has been my dream to win the gold medal since I started off in skeleton", the South Korean told reporters after winning by a record margin of 1.63 seconds.
Britain's Dom Parsons took the bronze in the daredevil event, which involves barreling head first and belly down along an icy chute.
South Korea's Yun Sung-bin enters the finish line in the fourth heat in the men's skeleton at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on February 16, 2018.
American Lindsey Jacobellis led for much of the women's snowboard cross final but finished in fourth place in her fourth Olympics, just three-hundredths of a second out of a medal.
"I made a lot of effort to make it this far", Yun said. This is the first time that any athlete outside of Europe or North America has won an Olympic medal in the sliding event.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea take place from February 9 - Feb. 25.
By the fourth and final heat today (Feb. 16), it was clear he would win a gold medal barring any major mistakes. "Yun showed to us that we can be the best in the world if we try and dare to challenge a new field", Moon wrote. Yun's task for the upcoming seasons will be proving his Olympic gold medal was not a one-time fluke. He has reportedly raced almost 400 times at Olympic Sliding Centre, probably the most among any other skeleton riders in the world, given that the Olympic track is in Yun's home country. He emerged from Thursday's first two runs of the men's skeleton competition with a huge lead over Nikita Tregubov, one of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.