The 5th Pan-Am Games at Winnipeg proved a fitting celebration for Canada's Centennial Year, 1967, when 2451 athletes from 29 countries participated in 29 sports. By 1999, when Winnipeg again hosted the Games, there were over 40 Western Hemisphere countries in attendance. It was the second time that Canada had hosted the event and the second time Winnipeg was chosen. Canadians won 64 gold medals, 52 silver and 80 bronze, an increase of 19 medals over the 1995 games in Mar del Plata.
Canada's most recent Pan-Am Games appearance, in 2007, resulted in a total of 137 medals (39 gold, 43 silver, 55 bronze), exceeding its total of 129 medal won in 2003. In 2011 Canadian athletes won 30 gold, 40 silver and 49 bronze for a total of 119 medals. Canada is currently ranked 3rd behind the US and Cuba for all-time medal wins.
Owing to conflicts with the scheduling of other major international sporting events, in recent years the Games have become more of a testing ground for less established athletes than a high-calibre competition. The 2015 Pan-Am Games will be held at TORONTO.
Author GERALD REDMOND
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