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|
|NOC||Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea|
|Other related appearances|
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, when they boycotted the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea, and in 2020, citing COVID-19 concerns.
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 57 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 2020 Summer Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns. Accordingly, on 8 September 2021, the International Olympic Committee made a decision to suspend North Korea from its activities until the end of 2022 and ban participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Medals by Summer GamesEdit
|1932–1936||as part of Japan (JPN)|
|1984 Los Angeles||did not participate|
|2016 Rio de Janeiro||31||2||3||2||7||34|
|2020 Tokyo||did not participate|
|2024 Paris||future event|
|2028 Los Angeles|
Medals by Winter GamesEdit
|1968 Grenoble||did not participate|
|1976 Innsbruck||did not participate|
|1980 Lake Placid|
|1994 Lillehammer||did not participate|
|2002 Salt Lake City||did not participate|
|2014 Sochi||did not participate|
|2022 Beijing||did not participate|
|2026 Milan–Cortina||future event|
Medals by summer sportEdit
|Totals (8 entries)||16||16||23||55|
Medals by winter sportEdit
|Short track speed skating||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (2 entries)||0||1||1||2|
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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