Jon Favreau shouts gold medal props to South Korea’s ‘Iron Man on Ice’

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Feb 16, 2018, 10:04 PM EST (Updated)

When you’re barreling face-down the ice on a sled so small that it gives the illusion you’re simply flying, you’re already more than halfway done with the job of looking like something out of an Avengers movie. Throw on an Iron Man helmet, and you basically look like Tony Stark, just gettin’ his winter game on.

That pretty much describes South Korean Olympic skeleton gold medalist Yun Sung-Bin, who just made Winter Olympics history by becoming the first person from outside the North America-Euro zone to earn any medal, of any color, in any of the winter games’ sliding sports (bobsled, luge, and skeleton). And yep—he did all of it with an Iron Man helmet on his noggin.

If you happen to be Jon Favreau—who directed the original Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and also played Happy Hogan, Stark’s chauffeur, in all three Iron Man films (plus Spider-Man: Homecoming)—well, you kind of know how to recognize like-minded, Marvel-icious excellence.

From one Iron Man aficionado to another, then, Favreau spotted Sung-Bin’s great taste in heroic headgear, and of course had to give him the solid thumbs-up on Twitter.

Pretty cool, eh? 

If you aren’t familiar with the skeleton event, it’s hard to describe in terms that don’t make its participants sound like risk-addicted daredevils. If you wanna skeleton, you’ve got to run as fast as you can to the start off a steeply inclined ice course. When you get there, you’ve gotta throw down the ridiculously tiny sled you’ve been carrying and slam yourself on top of it, abs first. Finally, you’ve got to try not to die while letting gravity have its way with you—all while dialing in every momentum advantage you can to make the whole thing go even faster.

As for the sled itself? That’s the “skeleton,” so named because it’s basically what’s left after you shrink a bobsled—and then rob it of all its safety-enriching bodywork.  

In short, you almost have to get into the superhero zone if you want to be one of these athletes. And with hands at your sides and head locked in that determined, in-it-to-win-it stance, there’s probably no better superhero for a skeleton racer to pick than Iron Man. And if you disagree, hey, don't argue with us—just take it up with Happy Hogan.