South Korea's Yun Sung-bin claimed gold in the men's skeleton event at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the hosts' second gold medal of the Games.
The Latvian star won eight straight World Cup titles and five world championships, but he only managed a silver medal in each of the last two Olympic Games.
He put forth a dominant performance in the men's skeleton to win not only his country's first medal in skeleton, but its first gold.
"I hope that I can see my compatriots standing with me on the podium in global events like the World Cup and the Olympics next time", Yun said at a press conference at Team Korea House in Gangneung, Gangwon Province.
"I made a lot of effort to make it this far", Yun said. Martins Dukurs of Latvia, who won silver in Sochi, is in third place, 0.88 seconds back of Yun. It was the Republic of Korea's first ever Olympic title away from the skating rink (the 27 previous ones have all come in speed skating, short track and figure skating). The Americans were out of medal contention after the first two runs, and did not climb in the rankings over the final two runs.
Head coach Lee Yong said Yun knew the curves and turns of the Olympic Sliding Centre better than anyone.
Aussie John Farrow finished 16th with a time of 51.53. "I hope we can have a day when South Koreans sweep the medals and listen to the national anthem together".
"He doesn't speak very good English, so I was kind of turning to him like 'did that really just happen?"
Dom Parsons captured the bronze medal in the skeleton, giving Great Britain its first medal of the 2018 Games.
For the US, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.
"After the medal ceremony, I just went to the athletes' village and ate some food because I was so hungry", he said. But so many people came to watch and I know many more watched on TV.