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U.S. Olympic Committee announces 2011 U.S. Pan American Team

U.S. Olympic Committee

October 6, 2011

Team USA features 79 Olympians and hundreds of 2012 hopefuls

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee today announced the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team that will compete in the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Oct. 14-30. Team USA currently consists of 627 athletes, including 346 men and 281 women.

The U.S. Pan American squad features many top-level athletes, including 79 Olympians. Among those 79 Olympians are 41 Olympic medalists and 10 Olympic champions representing a combined 59 Olympic medals. The most decorated Olympians on the roster are gymnast Shawn Johnson (Des Moines, Iowa) and shooter Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) with four medals apiece. Johnson won gold on the balance beam and took home three silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, while Rhode - who competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games - owns two golds, one silver and one bronze medal.

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I'm underwhelmed by that roster. Our big names in athletics and swimming really have no reason to sit out these Pan American Games as their respective world championships are behind us. I believe that if you do not at least attempt to qualify for the Pan Am team, you should not be eligible for the following years Olympic Games. Short of offering prize money, that is the only way these Games can become relevant in the US again.

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I'm underwhelmed by that roster. Our big names in athletics and swimming really have no reason to sit out these Pan American Games as their respective world championships are behind us. I believe that if you do not at least attempt to qualify for the Pan Am team, you should not be eligible for the following years Olympic Games. Short of offering prize money, that is the only way these Games can become relevant in the US again.

Well, in four years the top athletics team should be there. However the swimming team likely not as the world championships would begin two weeks later.

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Just one week to go for the Pan Am Games! New pics of the Athletics stadium (It seems almost finished)

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Over 500 000 tickets sold for Pan

http://www.informador.com.mx/jalisco/2011/327592/6/mas-500-mil-entradas-vendidas-para-panamericanos.htm

In total 200 000 entries can still be purchased online systems or the stadium box office

GUADALAJARA, JALISCO (06/OCT/2011) .- More than half a million tickets have been sold for the testing of Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games, announced today Horacio de la Vega, chief marketing officer of the Organizing Committee (Copag).

"We have sold over 500 000 entries for all competitions and this reflects the enthusiasm and knowledge of the people of the magnitude of the events we have in the coming days," he said.

Tickets for the swimming finals, gymnastics, athletics, tennis and basketball are already sold out, said De la Vega at a press conference eight days of the opening of the Games, this October 14.

De la Vega added that 200 000 of them for preliminary disciplines can still be purchased online systems at the box office or stadiums.

Copag has reported that the premium of the entries found on the internet and proceeded to cancel and ask for an investigation to state authorities.

He explained that an operation will be deployed in coordination with the authorities to prevent the resale price and abuse for those seeking admission to any of the competitions.

The Pan American Games in the city meet two thousand and five thousand delegates from 42 countries 900 athletes in 36 sports to be attended by nearly one and half million viewers.

The artists confirmed for the Opening Ceremony so far (maybe some of them will only perform in the CC i'm not sure) are:

-DJs Bostich + Fussible, from Nortec Collective.

-Vicente Fernández .

-Alejandro Fernandez.

-Maná.

-Lila Downs.

-Eugenia León.

-Olivia Gorra.

-Tenor José Luis Duval.

-Juanes.

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Just one week to go for the Pan Am Games! New pics of the Athletics stadium (It seems almost finished)

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The artists confirmed for the Opening Ceremony so far (maybe some of them will only perform in the CC i'm not sure) are:

-DJs Bostich + Fussible, from Nortec Collective.

-Vicente Fernández .

-Alejandro Fernandez.

-Maná.

-Lila Downs.

-Eugenia León.

-Olivia Gorra.

-Tenor José Luis Duval.

-Juanes.

Yea!!!

I am concerned that the smaller nations are sending smaller amount of athletes while the bigger countris (ex. Canada sending 70 more) are sending more.

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I'm underwhelmed by that roster. Our big names in athletics and swimming really have no reason to sit out these Pan American Games as their respective world championships are behind us. I believe that if you do not at least attempt to qualify for the Pan Am team, you should not be eligible for the following years Olympic Games. Short of offering prize money, that is the only way these Games can become relevant in the US again.

I don't know about Swimming, but in Athletics, most of the top Americans choose not to compete because a lot of them recently went through a series of races known as the Diamond League, which is 16 events over a period of a few months. Many of them are tired by the finale of the Diamond League (which is split in half into two weeks, one in Brussels, Belgium and the other in Zurich, Switzerland). A top American such as Allyson Felix needs to shut it down for the rest of the year. She is tired and needs to prepare for London (she only needs one individual gold medal to be considered one of the greatest American track athletes of all time). Others like Sanya Richards-Ross and David Oliver need to shut things down and figure out how to return to their old forms of previous years. The Americans who won gold at the World Championships want to end things on a high note and therefore shut it down after the end of the DL.

As for the Pan Am field of American track athletes: Female Hurdler Nia Ali almost made the US Team heading into the World Championships. She may be one to watch at the Olympic trials next year, especially if some of the favorites (Kellie Wells, Dawn Harper, Danielle Carruthers) or some of the dark horse candidates (like Lolo Jones or Ginnie Crawford, who is on the Pan Am roster) falter. Ali finished in fourth at the last USA Nationals. The field of hurdlers is in flux on a year to year basis for the American Women on both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. Ali could very well be the future of Women's 100 Meter Hurdles for the United States, since she's fairly young compared to the others.

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Yea!!!

I am concerned that the smaller nations are sending smaller amount of athletes while the bigger countris (ex. Canada sending 70 more) are sending more.

Indeed. Guatemala football team, for example, has just quited the Pan Am Games because most of the players didnt arrived to the call in time since most of them are playing international matches. That reduced the number of athletes for the nation.

The fact that bigger countries are sending more athletes pretty much tells you that there won't be much surprises on this Pan Am Games, when it comes to the medal table.

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Oh btw, if you tought the booing in Rio 2007 OC was shameful, get ready for the booes for next october 14th, after all the criticism Mario Vazques Raña has made against the organization, saying that it won't beat Rio 2007 (even going as far as saying that Mexico won't be getting the olympics for a long time.)

Sadly, he's kind right at some points. The whole building of the athletics stadium was a disaster IMO.

Some new pics

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Oh btw, if you tought the booing in Rio 2007 OC was shameful, get ready for the booes for next october 14th, after all the criticism Mario Vazques Raña has made against the organization, saying that it won't beat Rio 2007 (even going as far as saying that Mexico won't be getting the olympics for a long time.)

Sadly, he's kind right at some points. The whole building of the athletics stadium was a disaster IMO.

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No doubt the athletes are gonna run in a fresh new stadium. Literally...

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Like Guadalajara problems weren't enough already...Hurricane Jova (which is Category 3 at the moment ) is going to hit Jalisco region tomorrow. Hope it doesn't causes big damages to the infrastructure

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More pics of the athletics stadium

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Rumours are saying that Lorena Ochoa, mexican proffesional golf player native from Guadalajara (who was the top female golf player from 2007-2010 and considered best mexican golfer of all time) will ignite the cauldron or, at least, will be one of the last torchbearers. This is because she was invited to participate in the Opening Ceremony, although is not known which role will play.

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Anymore information? :lol:

Your doing a great job!

Good thing Guadalajara is inland. However Puerto Vallerta which hosts some of the events is in the way of the hurricane.

El Salvador will replace Guatemala in the men's football tournament.

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This Friday, the party starts. By the way, does anyone know how many sports use these Pan American Games as qualifiers for London 2012?

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Q: How many Mexicans does it take to line a T&F track?

Ans: FIVE (counting left to right: two to actually watch the striping; one (center guy) actually applying the striping; one (extreme right) to provide audio commentary; and one (with hard hat) to watch commentator and serve as drug lord rep. :lol:

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This Friday, the party starts. By the way, does anyone know how many sports use these Pan American Games as qualifiers for London 2012?

15 sports are using this as qualification. (I should know considering I am updating Wikipedia.)

-Aquatics (Water Polo, Diving, and Synchronized swimming).

-Canoeing

-Equestrian

-Field hockey

-Handball

-Modern pentathlon

-Shooting

-Table tennis

-Tennis (sort of)

-Triathlon

And these sports allow for athletes to get qualification times and points:

-Swimming

-Athletics

-Judo

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This Friday, the party starts. By the way, does anyone know how many sports use these Pan American Games as qualifiers for London 2012?

I'll be glad to give you all the info (and to the others who might be interested) about the sports that will be qualifiers to London 2012 as well for the process. As translated from the following PDF file of the official website: http://intranet.guadalajara2011.org.mx/documentos/Manual_de_Clasificacion_Guadalajara_2011_V1.pdf

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

At the meeting of the FINA Bureau on July 28, 2009, it was approved that the champions of individual events 3m Springboard and 10m Platform in both categories, will classify for the Olympic Games in 2012.

Swimming / diving

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

The XVI Pan American Games 2011 will be considered a qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics. During the swimming competition, all athletes who obtain the minimum standard set by the FINA qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

f) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

The XVI Pan American Games 2011 are considered a Qualifying Competition for the Olympic Games in 2012. During the competition of synchronized swimming, one (1) duet and one (1) Gold Medal team qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

WATER POLO

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

The teams that win the gold medal in the men's branch and in the women, qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

ATHLETICS

f) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

Athletics Competition for the XVI Pan American Games 2011, is one of the official competitions to reach the minimum standard to attend the Olympic Games 2012.

HANDBALL

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification.

Handball competition at the XVI Pan American Games 2011 is considered a Qualifying Competition Olympic Games in 2012.

The team with the gold medal in the women's and men's branch, will participate in the Olympics in 2012.

RAFTING

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification:

First place in each of the Canoe Slalom event of the XVI Pan American Games 2011, will be qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, according to the criteria of the ICF.

SPEED RAFTING

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

In the individual competitions (K1M 200m, 1000m K1M, K1W 200m, 500m K1W, C1M 200m, 1000m C1M) and C2 1000, the Pan American Champion boat is rated for 2012 London Olympics, according to the criteria of the ICF.

In the double boats (K2M 200m, 1000m K2M, K2W 500m) will be necessary to await the results of the Canoeing World Championship Speed ​​to determine if the champions of their respective responsibilities will be qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games. That will be communicated by the ICF immediately after the end of World Championships.

Competence in the quad will not be qualifying boats for the Olympics 2012.

EQUESTRIAN

f) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

The equestrian competitions during the XVI Pan American Games 2011 will qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

During this competition, distribution of seats for the 2012 London Olympics will be as follows:

Eventing: the two (2) best teams from Group D of the FEI Olympic (North America) and Group E of the FEI Olympic (Central / South America) in Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games qualify directly.

Eventing: individual (if a NOC is not represented by a team): the best athlete's individual World Ranking FEI Olympic Group D (North America) and Group E of the FEI Olympic (Central / South America) and an additional single athlete according to the Ranking list.

Training: two (2) best Olympic teams from Group D (North America) and the Olympic Group E (Central / South America) in Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games qualify directly.

Training: Individual (if a NOC is not represented by a team): the best Olympic athlete's individual World Ranking FEI Olympic Group D (North America) and the Olympic Group E (Central / South America), and an athlete additional individual in accordance with the Ranking list.

Jumps: team competition, the three (3) best teams Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games that have not yet sorted, get a place in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jumps: individual competition (if a NOC is not represented by a team):

• The NOC that has the greatest athlete in the Olympic Group D of the FEI (North America) classified at the XVI Pan American Games 2011 with one (1) rider;

• The NOC of the four (4) best individual athletes Olympic Group E (North America) of the FEI (Central / South America) will qualify in the XVI Pan American Games 2011 with four (4) riders.

JUDO

f) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

During the XVI Pan American Games 2011, the Judo Competition will be considered a scoring event for the IJF worldwide. Each participant receives three (3) points. The medalists will receive extra points as follows:

Gold Medal 20 points

Silver Medal 14 points

Bronze Medal 10 points

Fifth place 6 points

Seventh place 3 points

Modern Pentathlon

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games are considered a qualifying event for the Olympic Games in 2012.

During this competition will qualify eight (8) athletes, four (4) of each gender.

Olympic qualification system is as follows:

 Two (2) athletes, one by gender, with the best position for the NORCECA region and the two (2) athletes, one by gender, with the best position of the South American region will qualify for the 2012 London Olympics .

 There will be four (4) additional seats, two (2) by gender for the 2012 London Olympics. These quotas will be for two (2) best athletes, by branch, excluding the two (2) that have already conquered their positions as the best in the regions of the NORCECA and South America.

 It is important to note that only one (1) athlete per country will be eligible to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and, therefore, only the athlete with the best position of each country will be eligible to qualify for the Olympic Games in London 2012 Pan American Games in Guadalajara 2011.

TENNIS

f) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

Tennis Championships Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games is considered a qualifying event for the Olympic Games in 2012. Here are the guidelines:

The winners, one from each gender, Tennis Competition of the XVI Pan American Games 2011 will take place in priority for the London 2012 Olympic Games, with the approval and direct the following criteria:

He / athlete must have a ranking on the closing date for entries close enough to the ranking of the last direct acceptance (in Athens and Beijing to shut down the ranking with direct acceptances ranged from 80);

He / athlete must represent a country that has not reached the maximum number of acceptances 4 singles list according to the classification system.

TABLE TENNIS

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

The Table Tennis Championships Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 is

considered a qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics.

The winners of both genders, the Table Tennis Competition in

individual modalities qualified for the Tennis competition

Table of the 2012 London Olympics. The classification applies

directly to each individual athlete.

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

Shooting Championship in Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games will be considered a qualifying event for the Olympic Games in 2012. During the competition, 15 locations will be distributed as follows:

Male

Female

50m Rifle 3 Positions

1

50m Rifle 3 Positions

1

50m Rifle Prone

1

10m Air Rifle

1

10m Air Rifle

1

10m Air Pistol

1

50m Pistol

1

25m Pistol of Fire

1

10m Air Pistol

1

Total 4

25m Pistol of Fire

1

Pit

2

Double Trench

1

Skeet

2

Total 11

Additionally, Shooting Championship in Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games will be a Qualifying Competition for the 2012 Olympic Games for those participants who obtain qualifying minimum score (MQS)

TRIATHLON

e) London 2012 Olympic Qualification

The competition of Triathlon Pan American Games 2011 is considered a qualifying event for the Olympic Games in 2012.

The winners of the Gold Medals in both genders, competition Triathlon Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 qualify directly for the 2012 London Olympics.

Triathlon Competition of the XVI Pan American Games 2011 will be considered Triathlon Pan American Championship in 2011 and added to the World Ranking points (ITU) and the Pan American Ranking (PATCO).

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I'll be glad to give you all the info (and to the others who might be interested) about the sports that will be qualifiers to London 2012 as well for the process. As translated from the following PDF file of the official website: http://intranet.guadalajara2011.org.mx/documentos/Manual_de_Clasificacion_Guadalajara_2011_V1.pdf

They are also on wikipedia!

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They are also on wikipedia!

Ooops, i forgot about that, sorry xD.

The IAAF has aprooved the Telmex Athletics Stadium for the Pan Ams

Pan American Games athletics stadium certified

http://www.informador.com.mx/jalisco/2011/328589/6/homologan-el-estadio-panamericano-de-atletismo.htm

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Municipalities | 2011 Pan American Games | Copag | Athletics JP 2011

Three days before the start of the competitive event, the site gets the certification. AFP

Finally meet the requirements of the IAAF

PASO members confirm that the site gets the nod from our expert technicians

GUADALAJARA, JALISCO (11/OCT/2011) .- After a long wait, Telmex Track Athletics Stadium was approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The Organizing Committee of the Pan American Games 2011 (COPAG) received this morning the track certification met all requirements established by the international organization.

In this regard, the Mexican Cesar Moreno Bravo, technical delegate for the IAAF Athletics continental fair, confirmed that the organization of the Pan American Games and has a diploma and certificate which officially supports the stadium tartan track Telmex. In this way the records set during the Games Athletics, 23 to October 30, may be approved.

"This morning came the certification, a diploma in which the IAAF is pleased to inform the authorities that the court receives the certification after receiving the report of its construction and has been verified that met the established requirements," agreed Cesar Moreno.

He added that the document is signed by the Hungarian Imre Matra Hazy, representing the IAAF in these matters.

Athletics Stadium Telmex Unit is in Zapopan Angel Romero. The stadium has eight-lane Olympic track tartan, also has a warm-up track, track launches tartan and lawn area for javelin, shot put and disc.

Athletics at the Pan American Games is expected that 700 athletes involved in track and field.

(With information dde Witen Sports)

Anyway, more spoilers about the opening ceremony (i'll put the text in white for people who doesnt want to read)

It seems there will be charros (traditional horsemen from Mexico) in the stage, so horses are confirmed. Agave leafs will decorate the hallways on which the athletes will enter.

SPOILERS END HERE

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Ooops, i forgot about that, sorry xD.

The IAAF has aprooved the Telmex Athletics Stadium for the Pan Ams

Anyway, more spoilers about the opening ceremony (i'll put the text in white for people who doesnt want to read)

It seems there will be charros (traditional horsemen from Mexico) in the stage, so horses are confirmed. Agave leafs will decorate the hallways on which the athletes will enter.

SPOILERS END HERE

Any pics of the spoilers? Can you post the links :D

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Any pics of the spoilers? Can you post the links :D

I already put pics of the scene but nothing of the rehearsals (not even the organizing comittee itself knows much details, it seems they want to keep the secrecy at 100%)

But for those who can't wait, I heard there will be a full rehearsal tonight, so expect some leaking on the following hours.

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It's interesting to note that Athletics is used for Olympic qualifying, seeing as how countries many of the countries at the Pan Am Games will be using their national championships as Olympic qualifiers. Whatever "minimum" standards that any of the Caribbean, American or Canadian athletes make at these Pan Am Games will be shattered by their teammates next year. It makes sense though for the countries of Central America, or Guyana or Suriname.

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The last piece of the athletics stadium roof has been put

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SPOILERS of the opening ceremony. You're warned (but dont worry there's not much shown here and the audio quality is bad)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RbAUon4g5Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoD3kZs2TUg

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