Yun Sungbin has spent hundreds of hours on the sliding monitor his nation constructed for these Pyeongchang Olympics, learning each nuance and scrutinizing each inch.
He is aware of it higher than anybody alive.
And the payoff for that work is probably two runs away.
South Korea has by no means been near an Olympic medal in any sliding sport, and Yun — the one his nation recognized because the slider with probably the most potential of turning into a star at these video games — is predicted to vary all that. He emerged from Thursday’s first two runs of the lads’s skeleton competitors with an enormous lead over Nikita Tregubov, one of many Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Yun’s time: 1 minute, forty.35 seconds. Hundreds of his countrymen confirmed up on Thursday morning to observe, and organizers anticipate much more on Friday when he would be the overwhelming favourite to emerge from the ultimate two runs as a gold medalist.
“I feel it might be extra of a shock if he did not win a gold,” U.S. skeleton veteran John Daly stated.
It was not a banner begin for the U.S., which might want to critically rally to succeed in the medal combine. Matt Antoine, the reigning Olympic bronze medalist, had a robust second run and can enter Friday…