Such was the impact of Yun's victory that the host country's President Moon Jae-in sent a congratulatory message to Yun via social media, using one of the athlete's nicknames, the "skeleton emperor".
South Korea's Yun Sungbin won the men's skeleton gold medal in a dominant showing at the Pyeongchang Olympics. He is looking to become the first Asian to win a medal in an Olympic skeleton competition.
Yun's medal was the second gold for Team Korea.
Yun sank to his knees as he soaked up the adulation of the crowd, thanking them for their raucous support as they chanted his name.
"It became the best Lunar New Year's gift to our people". While he didn't break the course record on his third run, he extended his lead to over one second, essentially cementing the gold medal.
"It is not my effort alone that got me this medal", Yun said. With Yun crowned overall World Cup victor a month before his Olympic triumph, it is clear that the home nation now has not just a new sporting icon, but a role model who can help spur others to follow in his tracks.
It was the biggest margin of difference in Olympic skeleton history, surpassing 1948 Nino Bibbia's record of 1.4 seconds.
The only drama in the final heat was who would finish second.
He is now 1.02 seconds faster than two-time Olympic silver medalist Martins Dukurs of Latvia.
Dom Parson's celebrated with gusto after winning Britain's first skeleton medal in 70 years. "I'm very proud to see our South Korean athlete excelling at skeleton". "It is an unbelievable experience to get a medal in this Olympics".
For the US, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.