South Korea has never been close to an Olympic medal in any sliding sport, and Yun the one his nation identified as the slider with the most potential of becoming a star at the games is expected to change all that.
In front of his home crowd on Friday, Yun put on a dominant display in the men's skeleton, winning by a massive 1.63 seconds over Nikita Treguov, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation.
Today's gold medal events will be in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, short track speed skating, skeleton and ski jumping. Skeleton is not the end and this is the beginning.
After the race, Yun walked to the home crowd and greeted them with a deep bow on his hands and knees.
Before these Games, only nine different countries had won medals in skeleton, where athletes throw themselves down an icy shute on the bellies head-first. I was very anxious that the event was to be held on the Lunar New Year's Day morning because it's a big holiday and many people wouldn't be able to watch our event.
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"I think it would be more of a surprise if he didn't win a gold", USA skeleton veteran John Daly said.
That means both teams get a spot directly in the tournament semi-finals and three days off before their next games while Finland, the Olympic Athletes from Russia, Switzerland and Sweden battle it out in the quarter-final round. "It's a great honour".
Dom Parsons captured the bronze medal in the skeleton, giving Great Britain its first medal of the 2018 Games.
"I don't know, it hasn't really sunk in yet - I thought I'd lost it after that fourth run", he said after a mistake from Latvia's Tomass Dukurs allowed him to slip into medal contention. I was able to win thanks to your cheering. Martins is the last person I'd expect to make those kind of mistakes.
"It's incredible, four years of work has gone into this".