Olympic Athlete Goes Viral with Iron Man-Inspired Gear

On Friday, Olympic athlete Yun Sung-Bin snagged a gold medal for his impressive performance in the men’s skeleton competition. Yun beat out 29 other men for the medal, registering a final time of 3 minutes and 20.55 seconds. However, Yun’s impressive time wasn’t all that caught the audience’s attention. During his run, Yun sported a red and gold protective helmet modeled after the helmet worn by Marvel superhero Iron Man. Decked out in a sleek red speed suit, Yun channeled Tony Stark’s famous armor as he slid down the skeleton slope to victory.

Olympic watchers took to social media to celebrate Yun’s win and remark on his snazzy headgear. Onlookers commented that Yun’s position on the sled made him look like Iron Man flying. Film director Jon Favreau logged onto Twitter to praise Yun’s helmet choice. Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man films for Marvel Studios, tweeted a picture of Yun on his sled, excitedly commenting “Iron Man on ice! #Olympics”.

Yun’s win proved to be historic. He is the first athlete outside of Europe and North America to medal in a sliding sport at the Olympics. His victory has made him a hero among both Marvel fans and residents of his home country of South Korea. In his quest for gold, Yun achieved a faster time than 29 other competitors, including teammate Kim Ji-soo and Latvian athlete Martins Dukurs, who won the silver medal in Sochi in 2014.

Yun is a native of Namhae County, South Korea and is the son of athletes. He became interested in skeleton in high school and later entered the Korea National Sport University to train more intensively. In an interview with Reuters, Yun revealed that he had to gain over 35 pounds in two weeks for the Olympics, eating a protein-heavy meal every two hours. Due to a mediocre performance in the 2014 Olympics, Yun was not a household name in South Korea, but with his latest victory he has achieved stardom in the country.

The Internet Loves The Outfit Of A South Korean Olympian

South Korean Yun Sung-Bin did not expect to become famous for what he was wearing at the Olympics. He hoped to be famous just for his performance at the Games. However, it is the outfit of this Skelton competitor that has the Internet abuzz says Time.com.

When Sung-Bin took to the Olympic stage and did his runs in the Skelton competition, he was wearing a red athletic suit with a red helmet that had some gold on it as well. When the pictures of this were released, the Internet started to remark on how much he looked like Ironman in that suit. If you look at it from a certain perspective it does kind of make sense.

Those who are fans of Ironman are sure to like the fact that this has been able to creep into the culture of the Olympics this time around. It is something that is pretty interesting and funny all at the same time. We can all have a good chuckle at the fact that this turned out how it did. It is one of those nice things that does not have to be controversial or cause any outrage. We can all just have a laugh at the wardrobe choice of someone who clearly has amazing athletic talents and is of a high enough quality as a performer to even be considered Olympic material.

Look for the picture to show up on your news feed in the near future. People are sharing this one like crazy. They want to make sure that everyone knows that there was someone who looked like Ironman as he went through the Skelton routine. In all likelihood, the competitor himself did not even make the connection between his suit and the superhero Ironman.