This Central American country is officially referred to as the Republic of Honduras but sometimes called Spanish Honduras to remove connection to the British Honduras. Honduras' National Olympic Committee, the Comité Olímpico Hondureño (HON) was established in 1956 and was recognized by the international committee that very same year.
They had to, however, wait twelve years before they were able to send their very first delegation to the Summer Games. In 1968, the Comité Olímpico Hondureño sent a six-athlete contingent to represent the country in the Summer Games that was being held in Mexico City, Mexico. None of them were able to advance.
Honduras were then absent in the 1972 Summer Games in Munich but came back with a three-athlete delegation for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. They passed on the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow then came back for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, USA. Up until this point, all of the athletes representing Honduras were for athletics but this time, they were joined by six swimmers and one judoka.
Also, since 1984, Honduras has never again missed the Summer Olympics and as a matter of fact, they even tried their hand in the Winter Games. In 1992, the Comité Olímpico Hondureño sent cross-country skier Jenny Palacios-Stillo to represent the country for the first time in the Winter Olympics. She was however unable to rank any better than 50th place. Honduras never again sent a delegation to the Winter Games.
Since their debut in 1968, Honduras is yet to score their first Olympic medal.
- Honduras at the Winter Olympics
- List of all countries that have participated at the Olympic Games.
- About sport in Honduras