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.