The Best Olympic Athletes from North Korea

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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from North Korea, with photos when available. These are the best North Korean Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. North Korean athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which North Korean Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from North Korea is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

List features athletes like Won Ok-Im, Yun Chol and more!

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best North Korean Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from North Korea?"

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite North Korea Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on North Korea.
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    Cha Kum-Chol is a North Korean weightlifter. His personal best combined lift is 283 kg. At the 2007 World Championships he became world champion in the 56 kg category. He competed in weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 56kg division, where he equalled his personal best to finish fifth. He ...more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Weightlifting^! Bantamweight -56kg
    • Olympic Country: North Korea
    • Olympic Sport: Weightlifting
    • Nationality: North Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Bantamweight -56 kg
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
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    Chol Yun is a short track speed skater. more

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    • Olympic Country: North Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1975-01-01
    • Olympic Sport: Short track speed skating
    • Nationality: North Korea
    • Weight: 70.0
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1998 Winter Olympics
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    Ri Kyong-Sok is a North Korean weightlifter. He competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics. more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Weightlifting^! Bantamweight -56kg
    • Olympic Country: North Korea
    • Olympic Sport: Weightlifting
    • Nationality: North Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Bantamweight -56 kg
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
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    Hong Un-jong is a North Korean artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic champion and 2014 World Champion on Vault. more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Vault
    • Olympic Country: North Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1989-03-09
    • Place Of Birth: Hamgyong
    • Olympic Sport: Artistic gymnastics
    • Nationality: North Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Vault
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    An Kum-ae is a North Korean judoka. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in the Women's 52 kg Judo competition after defeating Yanet Bermoy of Cuba, having won the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, losing to Xian Dongmei of China in the gold medal match. She won a bronze medal in ...more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo^! 48 - 52kg (half-lightweight)
    • Olympic Country: North Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1980-06-03
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Nationality: North Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 52 kg
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Won Ok-Im is a North Korean judoka. She won a bronze medal in the half-middleweight category at the 2006 Asian Games, having defeated Battugs Tumenod of Mongolia in the bronze medal match. She also won a bronze medal at 2008 Beijing. She currently resides in Pyongyang. more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Judo^! 57 - 63kg (Half-Middleweight)
    • Olympic Country: North Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1986-11-06
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Nationality: North Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 63 kg
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Pak Chol-min is a North Korean judoka. He won the bronze medal in the Men's 66 kg at the 2008 Summer Olympics. more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 60 - 66kg (half-lightweight)
    • Olympic Country: North Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1982-09-21
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Nationality: North Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Half Lightweight (66 kg)
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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