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All The Sports North Korea Will Compete In At The Olympics [SLIDESHOW]

North Korea will send just 22 athletes to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Of the 22, 10 will represent North Korea, while the remaining 12 will join 23 South Koreans to form a combined South Korean and North Korean women’s ice hockey team. Not including the mixed ice hockey team, which will compete under a unified Korean flag, North Korea will only participate in four sports.

North Korea has never brought home gold from the Winter Olympics in its history, with their last medalist earning silver in 1992. In contrast, the United States has won 96 Olympic golds in Winter Olympics history, with at least one American athlete winning gold in every Winter Olympic edition since its inception in 1924. Since 1972, multiple American athletes have brought home gold in every Winter Olympics.

The United States is second all-time in total Winter Olympic medals with 282, while North Korea is 42nd all-time with an astonishing total of two medals.

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  • North Korean Figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok (L) and Kim Ju-Sik (R) practice ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The pair are the only North Korean athletes to have qualified for the games. (Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • South and North Korea will compete for the first time as a unified team in a sport at the Olympic Games. The Korean team will play Switzerland, Sweden, and Japan. (Photo by Woohae Cho/Getty Images)
  • North Korean short track speed skater Jong Kwang Bom trains ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Two extra spaces were allocated for North Korea short track speed skaters, allowing Jong Kwang-Bom and Choe Un-Song to compete in the games. (Photo: WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The unified Korean women's hockey team lost 3-1 to No. 5 Sweden ahead of the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Korea's first game is February 10 against Switzerland. (Photo by Woohae Cho/Getty Images)
  • A total of 10 skiers and skaters from North Korea made their way to the athletes' village in Gangneung, on South Korea's east coast. (Photo: FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)