Winter Olympics: South Korea's Yun Sung-bin wins first Asian sliding gold

Frederick Owens
February 19, 2018

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history on Friday as he became Asia's first Olympic skeleton champion after dominating the daredevil event at the Pyeongchang Games.

The United States - five gold, two silver and two bronze - Austria, Japan and Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation all hold nine medals for their respective nations.

Canada's skip Kevin Koe throws a rock during a men's curling match against Italy at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Of course, that's every day in Pyeongchang.

Sitting in second place is Germany, which has a world leading nine gold medals (17 overall) in the Winter Games.

"But this is just the beginning for me".

Yun sank to his knees as he soaked up the adulation of the crowd, thanking them for their raucous support as they chanted his name.

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"I was a little anxious about racing on the morning of the lunar new year", added the former world silver medallist. But so many people came to watch and I know many more watched on TV.

"I still can't really believe it".

Bjoergen has now won 13 medals, equalling fellow countryman and biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen for a record total among men and women at the Winter Olympic Games. This race should provide a first glimpse of American Lindsey Vonn in action at these Olympics, although her best chance is in the downhill next Wednesday. "It's a great honour". Dom Parsons of Great Britain won bronze.

John Daly was in fourth place heading into the final run in Sochi, but had a disastrous final run to fall out of medal contention all the way to 15th place. He's been dominant for so many years.

"It's incredible, four years of work has gone into this".

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