North Korea at the Olympics

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.

North Korea at the
Olympics
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IOC codePRK
NOCOlympic 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.

HistoryEdit

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.

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

Medal tablesEdit

List of medalistsEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Medal Name Games Sport Event
  Gold Ri Ho-jun   1972 Munich   Shooting Mixed 50 metre rifle, prone
  Silver Kim U-gil   1972 Munich   Boxing Men's light flyweight
  Bronze Kim Yong-ik   1972 Munich   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
  1972 Munich   Volleyball Women's tournament
  Bronze Kim Gwong-hyong   1972 Munich   Wrestling Men's freestyle 52 kg
  Gold Gu Yong-ju   1976 Montreal   Boxing Men's bantamweight
  Silver Ri Byong-uk   1976 Montreal   Boxing Men's light flyweight
  Silver Ho Bong-chol   1980 Moscow   Weightlifting Men's 52 kg
  Silver Jang Se-hong   1980 Moscow   Wrestling Men's freestyle 48 kg
  Silver Li Ho-pyong   1980 Moscow   Wrestling Men's freestyle 57 kg
  Bronze Ri Byong-uk   1980 Moscow   Boxing Men's light flyweight
  Bronze Han Gyong-si   1980 Moscow   Weightlifting Men's 52 kg
  Gold Choi Chol-su   1992 Barcelona   Boxing Men's flyweight
  Gold Pae Gil-su   1992 Barcelona   Gymnastics Men's pommel horse
  Gold Kim Il   1992 Barcelona   Wrestling Men's freestyle 48 kg
  Gold Ri Hak-son   1992 Barcelona   Wrestling Men's freestyle 52 kg
  Bronze Ri Gwang-sik   1992 Barcelona   Boxing Men's bantamweight
  Bronze Ri Pun-hui
Yu Sun-bok
  1992 Barcelona   Table tennis Women's doubles
  Bronze Ri Pun-hui   1992 Barcelona   Table tennis Women's singles
  Bronze Kim Myong-nam   1992 Barcelona   Weightlifting Men's 75 kg
  Bronze Kim Yong-sik   1992 Barcelona   Wrestling Men's freestyle 57 kg
  Gold Kye Sun-hui   1996 Atlanta   Judo Women's 48 kg
  Gold Kim Il   1996 Atlanta   Wrestling Men's freestyle 48 kg
  Silver Kim Myong-nam   1996 Atlanta   Weightlifting Men's 70 kg
  Bronze Jon Chol-ho   1996 Atlanta   Weightlifting Men's 76 kg
  Bronze Ri Yong-sam   1996 Atlanta   Wrestling Men's freestyle 57 kg
  Silver Ri Song-hui   2000 Sydney   Weightlifting Women's 58 kg
  Bronze Kim Un-chol   2000 Sydney   Boxing Men's light flyweight
  Bronze Kye Sun-hui   2000 Sydney   Judo Women's 52 kg
  Bronze Kang Yong-gyun   2000 Sydney   Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 54 kg
  Silver Kim Song-guk   2004 Athens   Boxing Men's featherweight
  Silver Kye Sun-hui   2004 Athens   Judo Women's lightweight
  Silver Kim Hyang-mi   2004 Athens   Table tennis Women's singles
  Silver Ri Song-Hui   2004 Athens   Weightlifting Women's 58 kg
  Bronze Kim Jong-su   2004 Athens   Shooting Men's 50 metre pistol
  Gold Hong Un-jong   2008 Beijing   Gymnastics Women's vault
  Gold Pak Hyon-suk   2008 Beijing   Weightlifting Women's 63 kg
  Silver An Kum-ae   2008 Beijing   Judo Women's lightweight
  Silver O Jong-ae   2008 Beijing   Weightlifting Women's 58 kg
  Bronze Pak Chol-min   2008 Beijing   Judo Men's lightweight
  Bronze Won Ok-im   2008 Beijing   Judo Women's lightweight
  Gold Om Yun-chol   2012 London   Weightlifting Men's 56 kg
  Gold An Kum-ae   2012 London   Judo Women's 52 kg
  Gold Kim Un-guk   2012 London   Weightlifting Men's 62 kg
  Gold Rim Jong-sim   2012 London   Weightlifting Women's 69 kg
  Bronze Ryang Chun-hwa   2012 London   Weightlifting Women's 48 kg
  Bronze Yang Kyong-il   2012 London   Wrestling Men's freestyle 55 kg
  Gold Rim Jong-sim   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Weightlifting Women's 75 kg
  Gold Ri Se-gwang   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Gymnastics Men's vault
  Silver Om Yun-chol   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Weightlifting Men's 56 kg
  Silver Choe Hyo-sim   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Weightlifting Women's 63 kg
  Silver Kim Kuk-hyang   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Weightlifting Women's +75 kg
  Bronze Kim Song-guk   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Shooting Men's 50 m pistol
  Bronze Kim Song-i   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Table tennis Women's singles

Winter OlympicsEdit

Medal Name Games Sport Event
  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

2020 unified Korea teamEdit

On November 2, 2018, North and South Korean officials announced that their countries would participate at the 2020 Olympics, held in Tokyo, Japan, as a unified Korean team.[6][7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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]
  6. ^ https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/02/sport/north-south-korea-tokyo-2020-olympics-spt-intl/index.html
  7. ^ https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/north-south-korea-set-to-combine-for-tokyo-2020-co-host-2032-olympics

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