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Popular South Korea Olympic Athletes

List of popular South Korean Olympic athletes, listed alphabetically with photos of the athletes when available. Famous Olympians from South Korea have achieved some of the highest honors in sports and Olympic history, as even being chosen to represent your country at the Olympics is something that most athletes will never get to experience. These competitors are the most prominent people from South Korea who have competed in the Olympics. South Korea has a long, proud history of competing in the Olympic games, and without these fierce athletes they never would have won any medals. The list you're viewing is made up of many different athletes, including Choi Min-Ho and Kim Hyun-Ki.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous South Korean Olympic athletes?" and "Who is the greatest South Korean Olympian of all time?"


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    Bo-ra Lee is a speed skater.   more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Speed skating
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1986-08-16
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics
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    Byun Chun-Sa is a South Korean short track speed skater who won gold in the 3000m relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Short track speed skating
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1987-11-23
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's 3000 m relay
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2006 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Choi Min-ho is a male South Korean judoka who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics in the 60kg extra-lightweight category. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, he ended all 5 of his matches by Ippon, and defeated European champion Ludwig Paischer in the final for the gold medal. Choi ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1980-08-18
    • Place Of Birth: Gimcheon, South Korea, Asia, East Asia, Korean Peninsula + 2 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg), Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Extra Lightweight (-60 kg)
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, - 60 kg Men (extra lightweight)
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal
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    Hwang Ji-man is a male badminton player from South Korea. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Badminton
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1984-07-08
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's doubles
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Badminton, doubles
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Im Dong-Hyun is a South Korean archer. He competes for the South Korean national team and is a former world number one. He has 20/200 vision in his left eye and 20/100 vision in his right eye, meaning he needs to be 10 times closer to see objects clearly, with his left eye, compared to someone with ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Archery
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1986-05-12
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Archery at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's team
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Archery, team
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Jeon Da-hye is a South Korean short track speed skater who won gold in the women's 3000 metre relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In 1999 Jeon earned her first call to the South Korea women's national short track team at the age of 16. In 2001 she won two silver medals at the World Championships as a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Short track speed skating
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-11-23
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's 3000 m relay, Short track speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's 3000 metre relay
    • Weight: 63.0
    • Height: 1.7
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2006 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Jeong Gyeong-Mi

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    Jeong Gyeong-mi is a South Korean female judoka. In 2006, she won her first international gold medal at the 18th World University Judo Championship in Suwon, South Korea. Jeong also won a bronze medal in the -78 kg category at the 2007 World Judo Championships, a silver medal in the same weight category ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Date Of Birth: 1985-07-26
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    Jin Jong-oh is a male South Korea sports shooter who competed at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. A triple Olympic champion, he is one of the most successful individual shooters at the Olympics and the only athlete who has won two consecutive Olympic gold medals in men's 50 metre pistol. He ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Shooting sports
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1979-09-24
    • Place Of Birth: Seoul, South Korea, Seoul National Capital Area, Asia, East Asia + 3 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Shooting at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 50 metre pistol, Shooting at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre air pistol, Shooting at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 50 metre pistol
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 50m pistol, Men's 10m air pistol
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal
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    Joo Hyun-Jung is a female professional former world number one archer from South Korea. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Archery
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Archery at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's team
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Archery, team
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Kang Kwang-Bae is a South Korean bobsledder, skeleton racer, and luger who has competed since 1995. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 19th in the four-man bobsleigh event at Vancouver in 2010. He is South Korea's one and only bobsleigh pilot. Kang's best finish at the FIBT ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Bobsleigh
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1973-07-29
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics
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    Kim Hyun-Ki is a South Korean ski jumper who has competed since 1998. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of eighth in the team large hill event at Salt Lake City in 2002 while his best individual finish was 31st in the individual large hill event at those same games. Kim's best ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Ski jumping
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-02-09
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2002 Winter Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics, 1998 Winter Olympics
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    Kim Jae-Bum is a male South Korean judoka. Kim won a gold medal in the -73 kg class at the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary. At the 2005 Asian Judo Championships in Tashkent, he won a gold medal in the -73 kg class. Kim was considered one of the Big Three Judokas of the -73 kg ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1985-01-25
    • Place Of Birth: Gimcheon, South Korea, Asia, East Asia, Korean Peninsula + 2 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Half Middleweight (81 kg)
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 73 - 81kg (half-middleweight)
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Kim Yuna is a South Korean former figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic champion and 2014 silver medalist in ladies' singles; the 2009, 2013 World champion; the 2009 Four Continents champion; a three-time Grand Prix Final champion; the 2006 World Junior champion; the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Figure skating
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1990-09-05
    • Place Of Birth: Gunpo, South Korea, Seoul National Capital Area, Asia, East Asia + 3 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Ladies' singles
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Singles
    • Height: 1.63
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2010 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Lee Chang-hwan is a professional archer from South Korea. He competed in Archery at the 2006 Asian Games and won a gold medal with the men's team consisting of himself, Im Dong Hyun, Jang Yong Ho and Park Kyung Mo. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Archery
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1982-03-16
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Archery at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's team
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Archery, team
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
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    Lee Ho-Suk is a South Korean short track speedskater. He won a gold medal as a part of 5000 m short-track relay team and four silver medals in 2006 Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy. He is the overall world champion for 2009 and 2010. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Short track speed skating
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1986-06-25
    • Place Of Birth: Seoul, South Korea, Seoul National Capital Area, Asia, East Asia + 3 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Short track speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metre relay, Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's 1000m, Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's 1500m, Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 1000 metres, Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metre relay
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 1000m, Men's 1500 m, Men's 5000m Relay
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2006 Winter Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal
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    Lee Hyo-jung is a female badminton player from South Korea. She won the gold medal in badminton mixed doubles at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with her partner, Lee Yong-dae. Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae were unseeded and in the finals they beat the top seeds and 2005 and 2007 world champions ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Badminton
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1981-01-13
    • Place Of Birth: Seoul, South Korea, Seoul National Capital Area, Asia, East Asia + 3 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's doubles, Badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Mixed doubles
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Badminton, doubles, Badminton, mixed doubles
    • Height: 1.81
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal, Gold medal
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    Lee Jae-jin is a male badminton player from South Korea. more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Badminton
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Place Of Birth: Miryang, South Korea, Asia, East Asia, Korean Peninsula + 2 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's doubles
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Badminton, doubles
    • Height: 1.78
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Lee Jung-su is a South Korean short track speed skater. He is a two-time Olympic Champion from 2010 Winter Olympics. Lee won one distances and became second overall at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bolzano. He won 2009-2010 Overall World Cup. At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Lee ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Short track speed skating
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1989-11-30
    • Place Of Birth: South Korea, Asia, East Asia, Korean Peninsula
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 1500 metres, Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 1000 metres, Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metre relay
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 1500 m, Men's 1000m, Men's 5000m Relay
    • Height: 1.73
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2010 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2010 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal
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    Lee Kang-seok is a South Korean speed skater. He is the 2007 and 2009 World Champion for 500 m. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, he won a bronze medal in the 500 m. He is the second South Korean person to win a medal in an event outside of short track speedskating, and he has become a representative to show ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Speed skating
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1985-02-28
    • Place Of Birth: Uijeongbu, South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, Asia, East Asia + 3 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's 500m
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 500m
    • Height: 1.77
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2006 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Lee Kyou-hyuk is a South Korean long track speed skater who specializes in the 500 and 1,000 meters. He was the 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 World Sprint Speed Skating Champion and the 2011 World Champion for 500 m. He is one of four men to have won the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships four ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Olympic Sport: Speed skating
    • Olympic Country: South Korea
    • Date Of Birth: 1978-03-16
    • Place Of Birth: Seoul, South Korea, Seoul National Capital Area, Asia, East Asia + 3 more
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Height: 1.77
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1994 Winter Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics, 1998 Winter Olympics
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