North Korea at the Olympics
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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.
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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 sporadic; eight of the last thirteen Games have included a North Korean team.
North Korea sent 22 athletes to compete in five sports at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 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.
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.
North Korean athletes have won a total of 56 medals, two of which were won at the Winter Games. Government funding plays a major role in Korea's success. Elite athletes often enjoy highly developed facilities and luxurious lifestyles, compared with their peers.
On 6 April 2021, North Korea announced it would not participate in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns.
Medals by Summer GamesEdit
Medals by Winter GamesEdit
Medals by summer sportEdit
Medals by winter sportEdit
List of medalistsEdit
|Silver||Han Pil-Hwa||1964 Innsbruck||Speed skating||Women's 3000 metres|
|Bronze||Hwang Ok-Sil||1992 Albertville||Short track speed skating||Women's 500 metres|
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