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The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea  

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South Korea has always sent in their top athletes to compete for the gold in the Olympic games for both the summer and winter events. Below, you'll find the best South Korean Olympians of all time. These athletes have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. South Korean athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which South Korean Olympian is the best of them all? Help decide below! 

You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from South Korea is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play. Which athletes are truly iconic, memorable, and inspiring? Keep this in mind when casting your votes.

Who are the greatest Olympians from South Korea? Vote for your favorite South Korea Olympic athletes on this list, and down vote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on South Korea.

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Kim Yuna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 29
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 ...more
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Jeon Da-Hye is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 36
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 ...more
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Park Tae-hwan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
Park Tae-hwan age 30
Park Tae-hwan is a South Korean swimmer. He is an Olympic and world champion who represents South Korea. He has four Olympic medals, two world titles, and 20 Asian Games medals under his belt. ...more
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Lee Jae-jin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 32
Lee Jae-jin is a male badminton player from South Korea.
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Kang Kwang-bae is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 46
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 ...more
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Kim Yeon-Koung is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
Haydar Ballioglu added Kim Yeon-Koung age 31
Kim Yeon-Koung is a South Korean female professional volleyball player. She currently plays for Turkish team Fenerbahçe. She signed another 2-year contract with the team for 2014-16 ...more
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Lee Sang-hwa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 30
Lee Sang-hwa is a South Korean long track speed skater who specialises in the sprint distances. She is a two-time Olympic champion in 500 metres and the 2010 world sprint champion. She is the ...more
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Lee Yong-dae is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 31
Lee Yong-dae is a male badminton player from South Korea. His current partners are Yoo Yeon-seong in men's doubles and Shin Seung-chan in mixed doubles.
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Choi Min-Ho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 39
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 ...more
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Yun Sung-bin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
Yun Sung-bin
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Park Sung Hyun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 36
Park Sung-Hyun is a world champion and former world number one archer from South Korea. She holds the women's world record for a 70m 72-arrow round, set at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and won a ...more
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Wang Ki-Chun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 31
Wang Ki-Chun is a male judoka from South Korea. He became known for beating the 2004 Olympic champion Lee Won-Hee in the qualification matches for the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 ...more
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Lim Hyo Sook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
Lim Hyo Sook age 37
Lim Hyo-sook is a South Korean female professional volleyball player. She was part of the team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Park Kyung-mo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 44
Park Kyung-mo is an archer from South Korea. He has won gold medals at the three major World Archery Federation events and is a former world number one.
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Jin Jong-Oh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 40
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 ...more
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Jeong Gyeong-Mi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
Jeong Gyeong-Mi age 34
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 ...more
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Lee Kyou-hyuk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 41
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 ...more
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Son Yeon-jae is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
Ezzah Peter added age 25
Son Yeon-jae is a South Korean rhythmic gymnast. A member of the South Korean national gymnastics team, based in Taereung, Seoul. She is the 2014 Asian Games Champion, the 2010 Asian Games ...more
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Lee Hyo-jung is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 38
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 ...more
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Nam Hyun-Hee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 38
Nam Hyun-Hee is a South Korean foil fencer. She is a left-handed fencer. She won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics after losing 6-5 to Valentina Vezzali in the final. She was also a team ...more
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Choi Im-jeong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 38
Choi Im-jeong is a female South Korean handball player who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2004 she won the silver medal with the ...more
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Yoon Jin-Hee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 33
Yoon Jin-Hee is a South Korean weightlifter. She ranked 3rd in the Women's 58 kg at the 2005 Junior World Championships in Busan, South Korea, lifting 206 kg in total. She also competed in the ...more
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Yoo Won-Chul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 35
Yoo Won-Chul is a South Korean gymnast. Yoo was part of the South Korean team that won the bronze medal in the team event at the 2006 Asian Games. As an individual he won a silver medals at the ...more
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Lee Jung-Su is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 30
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 ...more
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Kim Jae-Bum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from South Korea
age 34
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 ...more