South Korean sports fans rejoiced on Feb. 16 as they had their first ever Olympic medalist on Skeleton. However, Yun Sung-bin did not just win an Olympic medal in the men's Mkeleton. He won an Olympic gold medal, which was South Korea's second of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (The first was Hyo-jun Lim in the men's 1500 m short track speed skating on Feb. 10).
The gold medal was not much of a surprise. Of the eight World Cup events, Yun won five gold medals and two silver medals. The only event Yun did not earn a medal was the final World Cup of the season in Konigssee, Germany on Jan. 19. The reasons why Yun did not collect any World Cup medal in Konigssee were vaild. The first was that Yun had already clinched the 2017-18 World Cup title and the second was that Yun went home to his native South Korea early to prepare for the Olympic Winter Games. The extra practice at the Alpensia Sliding Centre obviously paid off as Yun beat Olympic silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of the Olympic Athletes from Russia by 1.63 seconds.
In the first, second and fourth runs, Yun set the track record at the Alpensia Sliding Centre. Yun's best time was 50.02 seconds in the fourth run. Olympic bronze medalist Dominic Parsons won Great Britain's first medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The top American in men's Skeleton was Matthew Antoine in 11th place.
In women's Skeleton, history was made as two British athletes reached the podium in a single event for the first time at an Olympic Winter Games. Lizzy Yarnold won gold and Laura Deas won bronze. Yarnold became the first Skeleton athlete to defend her Olympic gold medal and in the process won Great Britain's first gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. AXS Sports successfully predicted a medal for silver medalist Jacqueline Loelling of Germany. The top American was Katie Uhlaender in 13th place.
Here are all the winners in the Skeleton events at the Winter Olympics 2018:
GOLD: Sung-bin Yun (South Korea) 3:20.55
SILVER: Nikita Tregubov (Olympic Athletes from Russia) 3:22.18
BRONZE: Dominic Parsons (Great Britain) 3:22.20
GOLD: Lizzy Yarnold (Great Britain) 3:27.28
SILVER: Jacqueline Loelling (Germany) 3:27.73
BRONZE: Laura Deas (Great Britain) 3:27.90