Bobsleigh pilot Won flagbearer for unified Korean team – Gold and Silver for the host nation
PyeongChang (RWH) One year ago, on February 9, 2018, the Olympic Winter Games kicked-off in PyeongChang (KOR). At the Opening Ceremony, Bobsleigh pilot Yunjong Won then carried the host nations Korea flag together with Chung Gum Hwang from the North Korean female hockey team – a symbol for the power of sport and Olympism to unite the World in peace.
More than 75,000 people visited the Alpensia Sliding Center during the two Olympic weeks, and the bobsleigh and skeleton competitions were mostly sold out. TV broadcasting and the Olympic Channel let millions of fans around the world experience the races live.
The highlight for the Korean fans was certainly the Olympic gold medal for Sungbin Yun in Men's Skeleton and silver for the 4-man Bobsleigh team of Yunjong Won – tied with the Germans around pilot Nico Walther. Another moment for the Olympic history books: Justin Kripps / Alexander Kopacz from Canada and Francesco Friedrich / Thorsten Margis from Germany tied for Olympic gold in 2-man Bobsleigh. Only once before had there been double Olympic Bobsleigh gold: 1988 in Nagano (JPN) for Pierre Lueders / David MacEachern (CAN) and Günther Huber / Antonio Tartaglia (ITA). ©RWH2019