XV Pan American Games
The 2007 Pan American Games was the largest sporting event ever staged in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A total of 470 Canadian athletes – the second largest athlete delegation in Canada’s history – marched into the famed Maracanã Stadium to open the 15th Pan American Games. The Canadian team was led by Chef de Mission Tricia Smith, a four-time Olympian with a gold and a silver medal in rowing, and Assistant Chef de Mission Jacques Cardyn, a 1984 fencing Olympian and 1983 Pan American Games gold medallist. (Smith is now vice-president of the COC.)
Overall, Canadian athletes captured 137 medals (39 gold, 43 silver, 55 bronze) at the 2007 Pan Am Games, topping the 127 medals (29-56-42) the team won at the 2003 Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Canada finished third overall in total medals, behind the United States and Brazil, and ahead of Cuba.
Highlights: Swimming captured 18 medals – one gold, five silver, 12 bronze. Athletics brought home 12 medals – six gold, four silver, two bronze. Men’s field hockey won gold after a gripping championship match against Argentina. Rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Orlando won three gold medals. Mike Beres won two gold and a silver medal in badminton. Jill Henselwood rode to gold and Eric Lamaze brought home a bronze medal in show jumping. Susan Nattrass, Canada’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony, won a gold medal in trap shooting. Jaret Llewellyn won two gold medals in water-skiing jump and trick events.
Rowing Olympian Tricia Smith of Vancouver to lead Team Canada at 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro
April 21, 2005
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has selected Vancouver’s Tricia Smith as Chef de Mission for the Canadian team at the Read more