The Pan American Games are held every four years and precede the Olympic Games by one year. The Games are the third largest international multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Olympic Games and the Asian Games in terms of the number of sports and competing athletes.
The United States announced the all athletes that will compete at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 from July 26-Aug. 11 in Peru.
The current U.S. roster is comprised of 321 men and 325 women, which includes the preliminary eight athletes for the women’s artistic gymnastics team will complete the final 643-member roster.
“We’re thrilled to support this incredible group of athletes, ensuring that every member of Team USA can pursue their goals in a safe and healthy environment,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “The Pan American Games are a unique opportunity for athletes to represent our country and inspire young and old. I look forward to cheering them on and wish them great success, on and off the field of play.”
The U.S. will compete in every sport on the Pan American Games program, with the exception of baseball, bodybuilding and soccer. USA will be represented in 36 sports during this Pan Am Games 2019.
The 18th Pan American Games competition features 31 Olympic sports, plus select non-Olympic sports, and serves as an Olympic-qualifying opportunity in 17 sports.
The United States qualified a full team of eight archers trough the 2018 Pan Am Games championship. The youngest and oldest members on the team are 15-year-old archer Casey Kaufhold .
In Athletics, United States has qualified 96 athletes for the Pan Am Games 2019.
Athletes : Cameron Burrell, Mike Rodgers, Kenny Bednarek, Andrew Hudson, Paul Dedewo, Wil London, Donavon Brazier, Bryce Hoppel, Craig Engels, Johnny Gregorek, Shadrak Kipchirchir, Riley Masters, Reid Buchanan, Garrett, Freddie Crittenden, Jarret Eaton, T J Holmes, Kenny Selmon, Jordan Mann, Isaac Updike, Aaron Braun , Daniel Golubovic, Nick Christic, Matthew Forgues .
In addition, athletes competing in badminton, weightlifting and wrestling can receive ranking points and be considered for seeding criteria toward qualification, while track and field athletes and swimmers can earn minimum qualification standards for U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
A total of 47 states are represented on the U.S. roster .Team USA includes 67 athletes who speak Spanish and 57-year-old sailor Ian Jones. Additionally, 36 athletes are age 17 and younger and there are 22 athletes who are 40 and older. Four-time national champion and boxing’s team captain Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) makes her Pan American Games debut after winning a gold medal at the Pan American Games Qualifier only a few weeks after receiving in-patient treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder in spring 2019.
USA Shooting has the most representation, featuring 10 athletes with military ties. Over 30 sports are sending current or former collegiate athletes who represented their schools in outside competition.