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1959 Pan American Games

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Chicago 1959 Pan American Games.
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Country United States
Nations participating
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Events 166 in 18 sports
Opening ceremony August 27
Closing ceremony September 7
Officially opened by President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Athlete's Oath
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The 3rd Pan American Games were held in Chicago August 28 – September 7, 1959.

Background

The games were originally awarded to Cleveland. Cleveland withdrew from hosting the games due to financial reasons. The original backup-host, Guatemala, withdrew even before Cleveland did so. São Paulo, Brazil and Chicago competed to replace Cleveland as the host of the Pan American Games. Chicago defeated São Paulo 13-6 in the Pan American Games Committee vote held August 3, 1957. São Paulo later would go on to host the following edition of the Pan American Games.[1]

Organization

Once Chicago took over the game following Cleveland's withdrawal, there were 18 months left to organize the games. The games were held on-schedule nonetheless. The games were the first Pan American Games to be held in the Northern Hemisphere's summer. The previous two editions were held in March.[1]

The Games

The games opened on August 27, 1959 in sunny 90 °F (32 °C) heat before 40,000 people in Chicago, Illinois, United States at Soldier Field.

Medal count

For a more comprehensive list, see 1959 Pan American Games medal table.
1 Host nation

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Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States United States (USA) 1 a 115/122 69/73 52/54 236/249
2 Argentina Argentina (ARG) a 9 19/22 11/12 39/43
3 Brazil Brazil (BRA) 8 8 6 22
4 Mexico Mexico (MEX) a 6 11 12/13 29/30
5 Canada Canada (CAN) a 5/7 19/21 24/28 48/56

Note ^ The medal counts for the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Canada are disputed.

Sports and Venues

References

  1. ^ a b Gustkey, Earl (July 19, 1987). "A Chicago-style Pan Am Games". Chicago Tribune (Chicago). Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ford, Liam T.A. Ford (October 1, 2009). Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 
  3. ^ a b c d Dretske, Diana (December 8, 2008). "'59 Pan Am games brought Olympic-level competition to Lake Co.". Daily Herald. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Gustkey, Earl (August 5, 1987). "PAN AM GAMES LEGACY: 1959 : It's Not Exactly Peace and Harmony". LA Times (Los Angeles). Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lyke, Bill (August 29, 1959). "Drive Out to the Pan-Am Games!". Chicago Tribune. pp. B1. Retrieved August 14, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Chicago Historic Velodromes & 6-day venues". Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ Pogorzelksi, Daniel; Maloof, John (2008). Portage Park. Charleston SC, Chicago IL, Portsmouth NH, San Francisco CA: Arcadia Publishing. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-7385-5229-3.