From Winnipeg to Toronto: 10 Cool Facts From the Last 5 Pan-American Games

1. In a continental meet so heavily dominated by the United States at both Canadian hosted Pan-American competitions records were broken with Canada winning the team gold in 1999 and with Elsabeth Black taking the gold medal in the all-around in Toronto 2015.

2. In 1999 a 13-year-old Jessica López finished 8th on Floor, she would win silver on Uneven Bars  16 years later at the next Pan-American Games hosted in Canada, Toronto 2015. This is her only medal at a Pan-American Games.

3. At the 2003 all-around Pan-American final Chellsie Memmel placed first ahead of a young Anastasia Liukin who was the silver medallist. History would repeat itself at the 2005 World Championships where Chellsie Memmel placed first, and became World All-around Champion ahead of Anastasia Liukin.

4. In the last five Pan-American Games only one tie has been registered. Marisela Cantú and Elsa García tied for bronze on uneven bars in Guadalajara 2011.

5. The 2007 Pan-American Games were the last to allow teams to be formed by both juniors and senior members. The last Pan-American Champion that was only a junior at the time of her win was Rebecca Bross who had turned 14 just before the Games started and who won gold on the Floor Exercise.

6. Home-team Brazil claimed all the bronze medals at the 2007 Pan-American Games in the event finals: Lais Souza (vault and bars), Daniele Hypólito (beam), and Jade Barbosa (Floor)

7. The 2007 Rio Pan-American vault champion, Jade Barbosa, was born in Rio de Janeiro. She won Brazil’s only gold medal in the competition.

8. Daniele Hypólito has attended all 5 Pan-American Games and has won 3 consecutive beam medals, silver in 2003 and bronze in 2007 and 2011. In total, she has won 10 Pan-American medals.

9. Anastasia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel and Daniele Hypólito placed in the top 3 in three events at the 2003 Pan-American Games.

  • All-around. Memmel (Gold), Liukin (Silver), Hypolito (Bronze)
  • Uneven Bars. Memmel (Gold), Hypólito (Silver), Liukin (Bronze)
  • Balance Beam. Liukin (Gold), Hypólito (Silver), Memmel (Bronze)

10. The medal count of the host countries were:

  • 1999 Canada (4 golds, 3 silvers)
  • 2003 Dominican Republic (no medals but in Toronto 2015 Yamilet Peña won silver on vault)
  • 2007 Brazil (1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronzes)
  • 2011 Mexico (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronzes)
  • 2015 Canada (3 golds, 1 silver, 2 bronzes)


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