North Korea at the Olympics

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North Korea at the Olympic Games

Flag of North Korea
IOC code  PRK
NOC Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games

North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) first participated at the Olympic Games in 1964, appearing only in the Winter Olympic Games that year. Eight years later in 1972, the nation first participated at the Summer Olympic Games. Since then, the nation has appeared in every Summer Games, except when North Korea joined the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics, and when they boycotted the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea's attendance at the Winter Games has been infrequent; only seven of the last twelve Games have included a North Korean team. In 2010 a team competed at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

North Korean athletes have won a total of 47 medals, two of which were won at the Winter Games.

The National Olympic Committee for North Korea is the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and was created in 1953 and recognized in 1957.

North Korea participated in the Paralympic Games for the first time in 2012. Persons with disabilities in North Korea (with the exception of veterans) were reported in 2006 by The Daily Telegraph to be locked away in camps, and "subjected to harsh and sub-human conditions",[1] although the United Nations reports that the government is "beginning to consider welfare for the disabled".[2] However the charity Handicap International reports that it has been operating in North Korea since 1999, assisting the Korean Federation for the Protection of Disabled People.[3] Yahoo news reported in 2012 that a paralympic cultural centre exists in the capital Pyongyang.[4]

Medal tables[edit]

List of medalists[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Han Pil-Hwa Austria 1964 Innsbruck Speed skating pictogram.svg Speed skating Women's 3000 metres
 Gold Li Ho-Jun Germany 1972 Munich Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 50 metre rifle prone
 Silver Kim U-Gil Germany 1972 Munich Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Light flyweight
 Bronze Kim Yong Ik Germany 1972 Munich Judo pictogram.svg Judo Men's lightweight
 Bronze Ri Chun-Ok
Kim Myong-Suk
Kim Jung-Bok
Kang Ok-Sun
Kim Un-Ja
Hwang Hye-Suk
Chang Ok-Rim
Paek Myong-Suk
Ryom Chun-Ja
Kim Su-Dae
Chong Ok-Jin
Germany 1972 Munich Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball Women's volleyball
 Bronze Kim Gwong-Hyong Germany 1972 Munich Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle flyweight
 Gold Gu Yong-Ju Canada 1976 Montreal Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Bantamweight
 Silver Li Byong-Uk Canada 1976 Montreal Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Light flyweight
 Silver Ho Bong-Chol Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's flyweight
 Silver Jang Se-Hong Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle light flyweight
 Silver Li Ho-Pyong Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle bantamweight
 Bronze Li Byong-Uk Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Light flyweight
 Bronze Han Gyong-Si Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's flyweight
 Gold Choi Chol-Su Spain 1992 Barcelona Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Flyweight
 Gold Pae Gil-Su Spain 1992 Barcelona Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics Men's pommel horse
 Gold Kim Il Spain 1992 Barcelona Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle light flyweight
 Gold Li Hak-Son Spain 1992 Barcelona Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle flyweight
 Bronze Li Gwang-Sik Spain 1992 Barcelona Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Bantamweight
 Bronze Li Bun-Hui and Yu Sun-Bok Spain 1992 Barcelona Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Women's doubles
 Bronze Li Bun-Hui Spain 1992 Barcelona Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Women's singles
 Bronze Kim Myong-Nam Spain 1992 Barcelona Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's middleweight
 Bronze Kim Yong-Sik Spain 1992 Barcelona Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle bantamweight
 Bronze Hwang Ok-Sil France 1992 Albertville Short track speed skating pictogram.svg Short track speed skating Women's 500 metres
 Gold Kye Sun-Hui United States 1996 Atlanta Judo pictogram.svg Judo Women's extra lightweight
 Gold Kim Il United States 1996 Atlanta Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle light flyweight
 Silver Kim Myong Nam United States 1996 Atlanta Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's lightweight
 Bronze Jon Chol Ho United States 1996 Atlanta Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's middleweight
 Bronze Ri Yong-Sam United States 1996 Atlanta Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle bantamweight
 Silver Ri Song Hui Australia 2000 Sydney Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 58 kg
 Bronze Kim Un-Chol Australia 2000 Sydney Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's light flyweight
 Bronze Kye Sun-Hui Australia 2000 Sydney Judo pictogram.svg Judo Women's half lightweight
 Bronze Kang Yong-Gyun Australia 2000 Sydney Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 54 kg
 Silver Kim Song-Guk Greece 2004 Athens Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Featherweight
 Silver Kye Sun-Hui Greece 2004 Athens Judo pictogram.svg Judo Women's lightweight
 Silver Kim Hyang Mi Greece 2004 Athens Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Women's singles
 Silver Ri Song Hui Greece 2004 Athens Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 58 kg
 Bronze Kim Jong Su Greece 2004 Athens Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting Men's 50 metre pistol
 Gold Hong Un Jong China 2008 Beijing Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics Women's vault (artistic gymnastics)
 Gold Pak Hyon Suk China 2008 Beijing Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 63 kg
 Silver An Kum Ae China 2008 Beijing Judo pictogram.svg Judo Women's lightweight
 Bronze O Jong Ae China 2008 Beijing Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 58 kg
 Bronze Pak Chol-Min China 2008 Beijing Judo pictogram.svg Judo Men's lightweight
 Bronze Won Ok Im China 2008 Beijing Judo pictogram.svg Judo Women's lightweight
 Gold Om Yun-Chol United Kingdom 2012 London Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 56 kg
 Gold An Kum-Ae United Kingdom 2012 London Judo pictogram.svg Judo Women's 52 kg
 Gold Kim Un-Guk United Kingdom 2012 London Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 62kg
 Gold Rim Jong-Sim United Kingdom 2012 London Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 69kg
 Bronze Ryang Chun-Hwa United Kingdom 2012 London Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 48 kg
 Bronze Yang Kyong-Il United Kingdom 2012 London Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle 55 kg

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Korea locks up disabled in 'subhuman' gulags, says UN", The Daily Telegraph, October 21, 2006
  2. ^ "North Korea begins to help disabled", UNHCR, March 5, 2008
  3. ^ "North Korea". Handicap International. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Taedonggong Cultural Center for the Disabled". Yahoo news. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.