Famous Athletes from South Korea

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.

List features Yoo Won-Chul, Li Ki-Joo and more athletes.

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 (born 3 January 1972) 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 ...more
  • Im Dong-Hyun (Korean: 임동현; Hanja: 林東賢; Korean pronunciation: [im.doŋ.ɦjʌn]; born 12 May 1986) is a South Korean archer. He competes for the South Korean national team and is a former world number ...more
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    Shin-Soo Choo (Hangul: 추신수; Hanja: 秋信守; Korean pronunciation: [tɕʰu.ɕin.su]; born July 13, 1982) is a South Korean professional baseball outfielder for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball ...more
  • Yuna Kim (born September 5, 1990), also credited in eastern name order as Kim Yuna or Kim Yeon-ah, is a South Korean former competitive figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic champion and 2014 ...more
  • Lee Sang-hwa (Korean: 이상화, Hanja: 李相花, Korean pronunciation: [i.saŋ.ɦwa]; born 25 February 1989) is a South Korean retired speed skater who specialises in the sprint distances. She is a two-time ...more
  • Lee Hyo-jung (Hangul: 이효정, Hanja: 李孝貞; Korean pronunciation: [i.ɦjo.dʑʌŋ]; born January 13, 1981 in Busan) is a badminton player from South Korea. She won the gold medal in badminton mixed doubles at ...more