The U.S. eventing team waves to the crowd at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 4, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
Day nine of the Pan American Games Lima 2019 was nothing short of incredible. The U.S. eventing team secured spots at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the men's basketball team took home bronze, Daniel Hughes and Cole Robbins made surfing history and so much more. Plus, there is so much more to come, as U.S. women's softball team kicked off their Pan American campaign.
The Pan American Games continue until Aug. 11, featuring over 600 Team USA athletes, with multiple sports up for qualification opportunities for the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Check out day nine's social media commotion below.
The U.S. eventing team captured gold today at the Pan American Games Lima 2019. Their first place finish secured a team quota spot and three individual quota spots at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
It was an important day for USA Surfing. Daniel Hughes and Cole Robbins made history bringing home Team USA's first medals in the men’s stand up paddle surfing and men’s longboard, as this year marked the first time that surfing has ever been in the Pan American Games
TFW you're a part of 𝑯𝑰𝑺𝑻𝑶𝑹𝒀 for @usasurfteam:— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 4, 2019
👏👏, @DanielSUPSurf & Cole Robbins.
"Just to be at the first ever Pan American Games (with surfing) representing my home country. I’m doing a sport that I love. ... Absolutely stoked." https://t.co/m2JMwqDyge pic.twitter.com/WS6Phyy26w
Surfing is set to make its debut at the Olympic Games next year as well. In total, USA Surfing claimed four total medals: one gold, one silver and two bronzes.
USA Basketball Brings Home Bronze
With the bronze medal on the line, the U.S. men's basketball team defeated the Dominican Republic 92-83.
Ty-Shon Alexander competes at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 4, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
Alpha Diallo competes at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 4, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
Geoffrey Groselle competes at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 4, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
...And We Can't Forget
Not to be overshadowed are the dynamic duo of Christina Birch and Kimberly Geist who took home the gold medal in the women's Madison, and Zachary Lokken who secured the gold in the men's canoe slalom.
The U.S. women's softball team also got us excited, as the squad kicked off their Pan American Games campaign with a 9-0 win over Mexico.
The team received quite the ovation from the crowd (and we promise it wasn't all from just us.)