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 of 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 PanAmerican medals.

9. Anastasia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel and Daniele Hypólito placed in the top 3 in three events at the 2003 PanAmerican 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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