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Famous Athletes from North Korea

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List of famous athletes from North Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. North Korea has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best North Korean athletes of all time, so if you're a native of North Korea and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from North Korea then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list has a variety of athletes, like Kim Kuk-Jin and Mun In-Guk, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest North Korean athletes?" and "Which athletes are from North Korea?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of North Korea in order to get more information about each one.
  • 1
    Hong Un-jong (Korean: 홍은정; Hanja: 洪恩情; born 9 March 1989) is a North Korean artistic gymnast....  more
  • 2
    An Kum-ae (Korean: 안금애, Korean pronunciation: [an.ɡɯm.ɛ]; born 3 June 1980) is a North Korean...  more
  • 3
    Kye Sun-hui (born August 2, 1979 in Pyongyang) is a North Korean judoka. Kye won three Olympic...  more
  • 4
    Won Ok-im (Korean pronunciation: [wʌn.o.ɡim]; born 6 November 1986) is a North Korean...  more
  • 5

    Phyo Yong-myong

    Phyo Yong-myong (born November 26, 1989 in Pyongyang) is a North Korean figure skater who has...  more
  • 6

    An Young-Hak

    Suwon Samsung Bluewings
    An Yong-Hak (born 25 October 1978) is a Japanese-born North Korean football midfielder. He is...  more
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    Jong Tae-se

    Kawasaki Frontale
    Jong Tae-se (romanization used by FIFA, otherwise spelled as Chong Tese (鄭大世; チョン・テセ) in Japan...  more
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    Kim Yong-Suk

    Kim Yong-suk (born June 12, 1979 in Pyongyang, North Korea) is a North Korean figure skater....  more
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    Ryang Yong-gi

    Vegalta Sendai
    Ryang Yong-gi (Korean: 량용기; Hanja: 梁勇基; born 7 January 1982 in Tadaoka, Osaka) is a...  more
  • 10
    Lee Byeong-wook (born November 7, 1954) is a retired North Korean boxer, who won two Olympic...  more
  • 11

    Ri Han-jae

    Sanfrecce Hiroshima
    Ri Han-Jae (李 漢宰, born 27 June 1982) is a North Korean football player for Machida Zelvia,...  more
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    Ri Song-Hui (born December 3, 1978) is a North Korean weightlifter who competed in the women's...  more
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    O Jong-ae (Korean pronunciation: [o.dzʌŋ.ɛ]; born January 17, 1984) is a female weightlifter...  more
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    Ri Kum-suk

    April 25
    Ri Kum-suk (Korean: 리금숙; Korean pronunciation: [ɾi.ɡɯm.suk] or [ɾi] [kɯm.suk]; born 16 August...  more
  • 15

    Ri Hyang-mi

    Ri Hyang-mi (born August 15, 1985) is a North Korean short track speed skater. She won an...  more
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    Chol Yun is a short track speed skater....  more
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    Ri Yong-ae

    Ri Yong-ae (born 4 November 1965) is a retired North Korean long jumper. Her personal best...  more
  • 18
    Pak Chol-min may refer to: Pak Chol-min (judoka) Pak Chol-min (footballer) Park Chul-min,...  more
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    Pak Nam-chol

    Korea DPR national football team
    Pak Nam-chol (Korean: 박남철; Hanja: 朴男哲; born July 2, 1985) is a North Korean international...  more
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    Hong Ok-song

    Hong Ok-song (born February 16, 1984) is a North Korean judoka. Participating in the...  more
  • 21

    Kim Gwang-suk

    Kim Gwang-suk (alternative transliteration Kim Kwang-suk, Korean: 김광숙; born 15 February, year...  more
  • 22

    Ham Bong-sil

    Ham Pong-sil (born 24 July 1974) is a North Korean long-distance runner who specializes in the...  more
  • 23

    Pak Song-Chol

    Korea DPR national football team
    Pak Song-chol (1913–2008) is the former Premier of North Korea. Pak Song-chol may also refer...  more
  • 24

    Jong Yong-hyok

    Jong Yong-hyok (born January 3, 1988) is a North Korean pair skater. He competed in the 2006...  more
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    Jon Kwang-ik

    Korea DPR national football team
    Jon Kwang-ik (born 5 April 1988) is a North Korean professional footballer who currently plays...  more