Athletes Famous Athletes from South Korea

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List of famous athletes from South Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. South 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 South Korean athletes of all time, so if you're a native of South 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 South Korea then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of South Korea in order to get more information about each one.

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Charlie Wi is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He has also previously played on both the European and Asian Tours. Wi was born in Seoul, and moved to Los Angeles, ...more

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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, ...more

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Cleveland Indians Shin-Soo Choo is a South Korean professional baseball outfielder for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, and Cincinnati ...more

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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 ...more

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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 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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Jin Sun-Yu is a South Korean short-track speed skater. She is a triple Olympic Champion from 2006 and a three-time Overall World Champion. She was the winner of the gold medal in the 1500 meters ...more

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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 ...more

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Jang Mi-ran is a female South Korean weightlifter. She is currently based in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, playing for the Goyang City Government Sports Club. She competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, ...more

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Kim Kyung-Ah is a female South Korean table tennis player. She was the bronze medalist in women's singles at 2004 Athens Olympics. She is currently ranked 6th in the ITTF world ranking as of ...more

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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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PSV Eindhoven Park Ji-sung is a South Korean former footballer who currently serves as a club ambassador at Manchester United. Born in Goheung, Jeollanam-do, he was the captain of the South Korean national ...more

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Choi Eun-kyung is a South Korean short track speed skater. She is a double Olympic Champion in relays and a two-time Overall World Champion for 2003 and 2004.

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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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Vissel Kobe Park Kang-Jo is a former Japanese-born South Korean footballer He played as midfielder and spent 10 years of his professional career with Japanese J. League Division 1 club Vissel Kobe until ...more

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Lee Sung-Jin is an archer from South Korea. In 2005 she became the World Champion and achieved the world number one ranking, and has won two Olympic gold medals. Lee represented Korea at the ...more

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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 ...more

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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 ...more

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Bang Soo-Hyun is a former badminton player from South Korea who was one of the world's leading women's singles players of the 1990s. She was a contemporary and rival of Indonesia's Susi Susanti ...more

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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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Kim Mi-Jung is a retired female South Korean judoka. She was a shot putter in high school but changed to be a judoka at the age of 17, and in a year Kim was selected to be a member of the South ...more

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Moon Eui-Jae is a retired South Korean wrestler who won two Olympic silver medals in freestyle wrestling, Men's Freestyle 76 kg at the 2000 Summer Olympics and Men's Freestyle 84 kg in Athens in ...more

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Lee Kyung-won is a female badminton player from South Korea. Lee competed for Korea in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in women's doubles with partner Ra Kyung-min. They had a bye in the ...more

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Korea Republic national under-23 football team Park Chu-young is South Korean footballer who is currently plays for FC Seoul

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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.

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Hwang Kyung-seon, also spelled Hwang Kyung-sun, is a female South Korean Taekwondo practitioner. She is a two-time Olympic Champion from 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Celtic F.C. Ki Sung-yueng is a South Korean professional footballer who currently plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Swansea City, and the captain of South Korea national team. Ki is ...more

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TuS Koblenz Cha Du-Ri is a German-born South Korean professional footballer who currently plays for K League Classic club FC Seoul. He can operate as a right back, right winger, or striker. He is the first ...more

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Yun Ok-Hee is a South Korean archer, who won the gold medal in the team and a silver in the individual competition at the 2006 Asian Games and is a former world number one.

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Woo Sun-Hee is a female South Korean handball player. In 2003, Woo competed in the World Women's Handball Championship held in Croatia and led her team to the bronze medal. She was finally named ...more

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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 ...more

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Sa Jae-Hyouk is a South Korean weightlifter. He is 165 cm tall. In 2005, Sa won two gold medals in the clean and jerk and total at the 1st Junior World Weightlifting Championships in Busan, ...more

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Kim Soo-Nyung was a member of the South Korean Olympic archery team in 1988, 1992, and 2000. She has earned a total of four gold medals, including the individual gold medal in 1988. She also won ...more

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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 ...more

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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 ...more

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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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Chun Lee-kyung is a retired South Korean short track speed skater. She is a four-time Olympic Champion and three-time Overall World Champion for 1995–1997. She was a dominant force in ...more

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Viktor Ahn, also known as Ahn Hyun-soo and Victor An, is a Korean-born Russian short track speed skating athlete. After competing for South Korea since childhood, in 2011 he became a Russian ...more

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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 ...more

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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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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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YoungHeart Manawatu Leo Shin is a New Zealand professional association football player who has played for Thespa Kusatsu in Japan's professional J. League.

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Yang Tae-hwa is a South Korean ice dancer. With partner Chuen-Gun Lee, she was the 1999–2002 South Korean national champion. They represented South Korea at the 2002 Winter Olympics, where they ...more

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Kim Yunmi is a South Korean short track speed skater, who won gold medals in the 3000 m relay at the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics. Kim won her first Olympic gold medal at the 1994 Winter ...more

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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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Ryu Seung-Min is a Korean table tennis player who won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men's singles competition. His opponent was Wang Hao, a top-seeded player from Chinese ...more

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Bo-ra Lee is a speed skater.  

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Seon-Yeong Noh is a speed skater.

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Korea Republic national football team Jung Sung-ryong is a South Korean football goalkeeper, who currently plays for the South Korean national team and Suwon Bluewings in the K League.

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Hyung-Taik Lee is a retired professional tennis player from South Korea. He won one singles title and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 36 in August 2007.