North Korea at the Winter Olympics

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, first attended the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 in Innsbruck, Austria (they did not participate in the Summer Olympics until 1972). North Korea's attendance at the Winter Games has been sporadic. They have attended in 1964, 1972, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2006 and 2010. Athletes have qualified for the 2018 Games to be held in Pyeongchang in South Korea, but it is yet to be seen if they send a team to cross the border.

Although the nation has been plagued with poverty, the country has still managed to win a couple of medals.

In 1964 as Han Pil-hwa became the first Winter Olympic medalist in both Koreas (South Korea won its first medals in 1992 beginning with Kim Ki-hoon). Pil-hwa won a silver medal in the women’s 3000m event in speed skating.

Hwang Ok-Si secured the nation’s second medal at the Winter Games by winning the bronze medal in the women’s 500m event in the short track speed skating in Albertville, France in 1992.

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