Rim Jong Sim

Further Personal Information
Residence
DPR Korea
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting at age 10 at a physical education school in Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
Coach Kim Chun-Hee noticed her talent for the sport.
Club / Team
Kigwancha Sports Club: DPR Korea
Name of coach
Kim Chun-Hee [club], PRK; Ri Chol-Nam [national], PRK
General Interest
Injuries
She suffered a torn labrum in her left hip during her third snatch attempt at the 2015 World Championships in Houston, TX, United States of America, and was assisted off the stage by medical staff. Although she was advised to retire from the competition, she decided to continue and despite injuring another muscle and hurting her left knee during her three subsequent clean and jerk attempts, she won three silver medals at the tournament. She was helped onto the victory ceremony podium by gold medallist Kang Yue of the People's Republic of China and bronze medallist Olga Zubova of the Russian Federation. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 29 Nov 2015; iwf.net, 28 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2016 she was named a Top 10 Best Athlete in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. (news.joins.com, 02 Jan 2017, 13 Aug 2016)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Rim Un-Sim has represented the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in weightlifting, winning gold in the 63kg category at the 2017 Asian Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Aug 2018; hankookilbo.com, 13 Aug 2016)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first female DPR Korean athlete in any sport to win two gold medals at the Olympic Games. She triumphed in the 69kg category at the 2012 Games in London, and then claimed victory in the 75kg category four years later in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Aug 2018; news.mk.co.kr, 13 Aug 2016; news.imaeil.com, 26 Aug 2018)

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