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.

Although the nation is plagued with poverty the nation still managed to snatch 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 in the Winter Games by bagging the bronze medal in the women’s 500-m event in the short track speed skating in Alberville, France in 1992.

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