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South Korea at the Olympics


South Korea at the Olympics

South Korea at the Olympic Games

Flag of South Korea
IOC code  KOR
NOC Korean Olympic Committee
Website (Korean) (English)
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games

Republic of Korea (South Korea) first participated at the Olympic Games in 1948, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except for 1980 which they boycotted. South Korea has also participated in every Winter Olympic Games since 1948, except for the 1952 Games.

The first Korean athletes to win medals did so at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, when Sohn Kee-chung and Nam Sung-yong won gold and bronze respectively in the men's marathon. However, as Korea was under Japanese rule at that time, and, since both athletes were members of the Japanese team, the IOC credits both medals to Japan.

South Korea won its first medals as an independent nation at its first appearance in 1948, and won its first gold medal in 1976. South Korean athletes have won a total of 243 medals at the Summer Games, with the most gold medals won in archery, and 53 medals at the Winter Games, a majority in short track speed skating. The nation has won more medals in this winter sport than any other nation since it was introduced to the Olympic program in 1992.

The National Olympic Committee for Korea is the Korean Olympic Committee, and was founded in 1946 and recognized in 1947.


  • Hosted Games 1
  • Medal tables by Games 2
    • Medals by Summer Games 2.1
    • Medals by Winter Games 2.2
    • Medals by summer sport 2.3
    • Medals by winter sport 2.4
  • Most successful Olympians 3
    • Notes 3.1
  • Participated event by competition 4
    • Summer Olympics 4.1
    • Winter Olympics 4.2
    • World records in London Olympics, 2012 4.3
  • References 5
  • See also 6

Hosted Games

The Republic of Korea has hosted or will host the Games on two occasions.
Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1988 Summer Olympics Seoul 17 September – 2 October 160 8,391 263
2018 Winter Olympics Pyeongchang 9 – 25 February 98

Medal tables by Games

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Most successful Olympians

A South Korean volunteer at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad.
Athlete Sport Type Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
Kim Soo-Nyung Archery Summer 1988, 1992, 2000 4 1 1 6
Chun Lee-Kyung Short Track Speed Skating Winter 1992, 1994, 1998 4 0 1 5
Jin Jong-oh Shooting Summer 2004, 2008, 2012 3 2 0 5
Park Sung-Hyun Archery Summer 2004, 2008 3 1 0 4
Ahn Hyun-Soo Short Track Speed Skating Winter 2002, 2006 3 0 1 4
Jin Sun-Yu Short Track Speed Skating Winter 2006 3 0 0 3
Yun Mi-Jin Archery Summer 2000, 2004 3 0 0 3
Kim Ki-Hoon Short Track Speed Skating Winter 1992, 1994 3 0 0 3


On 11 February 2014, Lee Sang-hwa won the gold medal for the women's 500m longtrack speedskating race at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, having previously won the one at the 2010 Games. She became the third woman and first Korean woman to win back-to-back golds at the 500m.[1][2]

Participated event by competition

Summer Olympics

Nation 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12
Badminton d e
Baseball d d d d d
Bowling d
Canoeing and kayaking
Field hockey
Modern pentathlon
Synchronized Swimming
Table tennis
Taekwondo d d
Tennis d d
Water Polo
  • d : demonstration sports
  • e : exhibition sports

Winter Olympics

Event 48 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10
Alpine skiing
Cross-country skiing
Figure skating
Freestyle skiing
Short track speed skating d
Ski jumping
Speed skating
  • d : Demonstration sports

World records in London Olympics, 2012

Date Event Athlete Ref
27 July 2012 Archery – Men's individual Im Dong-Hyun Scored a world record of 699 in the ranking round [3]
27 July 2012 Archery – Men's team Im Dong-Hyun, Kim Bub-Min, Oh Jin-Hyek Scored a world record of 2087 in the ranking round [4]


  1. ^ James O'Brien (2014-02-11). "Heather Richardson falls short of medal, Lee Sang-hwa wins 500m gold". NBC News. 
  2. ^ Yonhap News Agency (2014-02-11). "(Olympics) Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa poised for gold in women's 500 meters". GlobalPost. 
  3. ^ "Im Dong Hyun posts first world record of London 2012 Olympics". Olympics Metal Tally. UK. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Im Dong Hyun posts first world record of London 2012 Olympics". Olympics Metal Tally. UK. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  • "Olympic Medal Winners".  
  • "Korean Olympic Committee". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 

See also

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