Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee sent the nation's largest delegation to these Olympic games. A total of 8 athletes, 3 men and 5 women, had competed in 5 different sporting events; half of them had been given Universality places by the International Olympic Committee. For the first time in its history, Cook Islands was represented by more female than male athletes at an Olympic event. Slalom and sprint canoeing was the nation's only sport to debut at these Olympic games. Laser Radial sailor Helema Williams was the nation's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. Cook Islands, however, has yet to win an Olympic medal.