#AllEyesOnLima: Fun Facts About the Pan American Games

May 06, 2019, 2:15 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 6, 2019 – All eyes are on Peru in a few months time as the Pan American Games inch ever closer. While both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams are focused on additional competition beforehand, the sides nevertheless have big goals planned for the Olympic Qualifying event. As the host nation prepares for the Pan American region festivities, check out some fun facts about the 2019 edition of the Pan American Games.

What the Pan American Games Mean
The 2019 Pan American Games is the second most important sporting event of the Olympic and Paralympic circuit. The sports legacy that will leave the development of the games will be reflected in all the districts of Lima and represents a great challenge and a global showcase in the city of Lima, Peru and all its capabilities and benefits as a country destination for tourism, investments and the development of its population, will spread a renewed image as concrete evidence of excellence, good management and transparency of operation.

By the Numbers
From July 26 to August 11, the Pan American Games will feature an estimated 6,680 athletes, 2,672 technical officials and 39 sports across 62 disciplines. Of these disciplines, 22 are for qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Field Hockey Competition in 2019
Nine different nations will represent the sport of field hockey between the men’s and women’s sides. Countries qualified for their right to appear in Peru by way of the 2017 Pan American Cups, 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games and 2018 South American Games.

Per the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF), below are the confirmed qualifying nations from each competition:

Men:

  • Peru (host)
  • Argentina (1st at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba)
  • Chile (2nd at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba)
  • Cuba (1st at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla)
  • Mexico (2nd at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla)
  • Canada (2nd at the 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster) 
  • USA (3rd at the 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (4th at the 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster)

Women:

  • Peru (host)
  • Argentina (1st at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba)
  • Uruguay (2nd at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba)
  • Cuba (1st at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla)
  • Mexico (2nd at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla)
  • Chile (2nd 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster)
  • USA (3rd At the 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster)
  • Canada (4th At the 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster)

Field Hockey History at the Pan American Games
Field hockey made its Pan American Games debut in 1967 in Winnipeg, Canada, the fourth edition of the Games, with the men’s side only. Women’s field hockey did not make an appearance in the Games until 1987.

Despite several nations taking part in each rendition of the Pan American Games, only Argentina and Canada have ever claimed the gold medal in men's field hockey. On the women’s side, only Argentina and USA have medaled first.

Medal Count
Between the USMNT and USWNT, the red, white and blue have 12 medals at the Pan American Games. The USMNT holds four bronze medals, with the last one coming in the 1995 Games. The USWNT have medaled in each appearance since women’s field hockey was introduced to the Pan American Games in 1987, holding two gold medals, five silver and one bronze.

Together, the United States leads all countries with 4,420 medals in 17 editions of the summer Pan American Games (1,944 gold, 1,453 silver, 1,023 bronze).

With less than 100 days remaining until festivities begin in Peru, keep up to date with everything happening with the Pan American Games at usafiedhockey.com and by following the hashtag #AllEyesOnLima. For more information, check out the 2019 Pan American Games event page by clicking here.