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South Korea's 'Iron Man' takes gold in men's skeleton

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By Euronews
South Korea's 'Iron Man' takes gold in men's skeleton
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What Happened?

South Korea's 'Iron Man' gives the host country its second medal in the Winter Olympics 

South Korea’s 'Iron Man' Yun Sung-bin won gold in the men's skeleton on Friday, becoming the first athlete from outside Europe and North America to win an Olympic sliding medal. 

Yun finished 1.63 seconds ahead of Russia's Nikita Tregubov. Great Britain’s Dom Parsons took home bronze giving the UK its first Winter Olympic medal. 

Parsons became the first British man to win a skeleton medal since 1948. 

Meanwhile in Alpine Skiing...

Austrian Matthias Mayer won gold in the men's super-G, breaking with Norwegian dominance of the event for the first time in 20 years. Switzerland’s Beat Feuz claimed silver, while the event’s old-timer Kjetil Jansrud had to settle for bronze. 

Women’s slalom final

Swedish alpine ski racer Frida Hansdotter takes gold after beating Austria’s Katharina Gallhuber in the penultimate run. 

Swiss alpine skier Wendy Holdener settled for silver and Gallhuber took home the bronze. 

Women’s snowboard cross final

Italy’s Michela Moioli wins gold while 16-year-old Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau from France came in second, giving France its 7th medal in the winter games. Czech snowboarder Eva Samkova wins bronze. 

Moioli just about managed to get her board in front of the other five riders to clinch the first place by centimetres in a dramatic finale. 

It was a disappointing conclusion for American Lindsey Jacobellis who in her fourth Olympics came in fourth place.  

Men's single skate 

Fans threw Winnie the Pooh teddy bears after Yuzuru Hanyu’s performance in the men’s single skate. The Japanese figure skater set an Olympic record in the men's short programme with the second-highest score ever. 

Hanyu adopted Pooh as his personal mascot and good luck charm. 

Norovirus reaches Olympic athletes

Two Swiss freestyle skiers have contracted the norovirus, the Swiss team said on Friday. This is the first confirmed case among competitors. 

The International Olympic Committee said the two skiers were not staying at the athletes' village with the majority of the other competitors in South Korea.

So far, the virus has only been contracted by security staff and personnel. 

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