North Korea at the Olympics

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North Korea at the
Olympics
Flag of North Korea.svg
IOC code PRK
NOC Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Medals
Gold
16
Silver
17
Bronze
23
Total
56
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
Korea (2018)
North Koreans head for lodging at the Rio 2016 Olympic Village.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (commonly known as North Korea) first participated at the Olympic Games in 1964. 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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

North Korea's attendance at the Winter Games has been sporadic; eight of the last thirteen Games have included a North Korean team.

During the 1998-2007 Sunshine Policy era, North Korea and South Korea symbolically marched as one team at the opening ceremonies of the 2000[2] and 2004 Olympics, but competed separately.

In 2010 a team competed at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

North Korea sent 22 athletes to compete in five sports at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018. As in 2000 and 2004, North and South Korean athletes marched together at the opening ceremonies. A unified women's ice hockey team included players from both North and South Korea. North Korean athletes also competed in alpine skiing, figure skating, short track speed skating and cross-country skiing.[3]

Alongside the 22 athletes, North Korea sent a delegation of 400 supporters to the 2018 games. This delegation, led by North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, included cheerleaders, taekwondo practitioners and an orchestra.[4]

North Korean athletes have won a total of 56 medals, two of which were won at the Winter Games.

Given its poor economy and small size, North Korea's performance is relatively successful. However, government funding plays a major role in Korea's success. Elite athletes often enjoy highly-developed facilities and luxurious lifestyles, compared with their peers.[1]

In 2018 the United Nations have rejected due to conflicts an exemption to sanctions for sporting equipment to help athletes prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games being sent to North Korea.[5]

Medal tables[edit]

List of medalists[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Gold Ri Ho-jun West Germany 1972 Munich Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting Mixed 50 metre rifle, prone
 Silver Kim U-gil West Germany 1972 Munich Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's light flyweight
 Bronze Kim Yong-ik West Germany 1972 Munich Judo pictogram.svg Judo Men's 63 kg
 Bronze Ri Chun-ok
Kim Myong-suk
Kim Zung-bok
Kang Ok-sun
Kim Yeun-ja
Hwang He-suk
Jang Ok-rim
Paek Myong-suk
Ryom Chun-ja
Kim Su-dae
Jong Ok-jin
West Germany 1972 Munich Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball Women's tournament
 Bronze Kim Gwong-hyong West Germany 1972 Munich Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle 52 kg
 Gold Gu Yong-ju Canada 1976 Montreal Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's bantamweight
 Silver Ri Byong-uk Canada 1976 Montreal Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's light flyweight
 Silver Ho Bong-chol Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 52 kg
 Silver Jang Se-hong Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle 48 kg
 Silver Li Ho-pyong Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle 57 kg
 Bronze Ri Byong-uk Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's light flyweight
 Bronze Han Gyong-si Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 52 kg
 Gold Choi Chol-su Spain 1992 Barcelona Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's 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 48 kg
 Gold Ri Hak-son Spain 1992 Barcelona Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle 52 kg
 Bronze Ri Gwang-sik Spain 1992 Barcelona Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Men's bantamweight
 Bronze Ri Pun-hui
Yu Sun-bok
Spain 1992 Barcelona Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Women's doubles
 Bronze Ri Pun-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 75 kg
 Bronze Kim Yong-sik Spain 1992 Barcelona Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle 57 kg
 Gold Kye Sun-hui United States 1996 Atlanta Judo pictogram.svg Judo Women's 48 kg
 Gold Kim Il United States 1996 Atlanta Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle 48 kg
 Silver Kim Myong-nam United States 1996 Atlanta Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 70 kg
 Bronze Jon Chol-ho United States 1996 Atlanta Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 76 kg
 Bronze Ri Yong-sam United States 1996 Atlanta Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Men's freestyle 57 kg
 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 52 kg
 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 Men's 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
 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
 Silver 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 62 kg
 Gold Rim Jong-sim United Kingdom 2012 London Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 69 kg
 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
 Gold Rim Jong-sim Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 75 kg
 Gold Ri Se-gwang Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics Men's vault
 Silver Om Yun-chol Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Men's 56 kg
 Silver Choe Hyo-sim Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's 63 kg
 Silver Kim Kuk-hyang Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting Women's +75 kg
 Bronze Kim Song-guk Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting Men's 50 m pistol
 Bronze Kim Song-i Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Women's singles

Winter Olympics[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Han Pil-Hwa Austria 1964 Innsbruck Speed skating pictogram.svg Speed skating Women's 3000 metres
 Bronze Hwang Ok-Sil France 1992 Albertville Short track speed skating pictogram.svg Short track speed skating Women's 500 metres

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taylor, Adam (3 January 2018). "Why the Olympics matter when it comes to North Korea". Washington Post. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  2. ^ North Korea Handbook 2002, p. 488.
  3. ^ "Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang". BBC News. January 20, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ "North Korea at the Winter Olympics: All you need to know". BBC News. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  5. ^ [1]

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