I’ve been away in Toronto, Canada at the Pan Am Games. I had never heard of them. They don’t get the publicity or the coverage the Summer Olympics do, but they’re similar.
The Pan Am Games are the Olympics of the Americas. I got the impression they are a venue for second-tier athletes who aspire to be Olympians. They get a chance to compete against others of similar standing in an international arena. If they do well and come home with the medals, they’re on their way to being Olympic hopefuls.
The Americans came home with 265 medals. No surprise there.
What excited me, though was to see Brazil with 141, Mexico with 95 and Argentina with 75.
These guys never stand a chance at the Summer Olympics.
Argentina excelled at tennis, rowing, canoeing, fencing, water skiing, and golf. Golf? Yep.
Mexico outdid the others in squash, racquetball, archery, table tennis, diving, and synchronized swimming. Mexico synchronized swimming? Who would have thought.
You’d never see that at the Olympics.
So I give high praises to the genius who thought up the idea of the Pan Am Games.
What’s still missing is a venue for Middle Easterners, Aborigines, Native Americans, and the gauchos in Patagonia. Then I think we’ve covered the planet.
Calvin says, “Not so fast. What about Hound Games? Every year to see who medals as the top-speed rabbit finder. Even the rabbit has to train.”