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Pan American Games

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Carolina Bilich of Brazil and Samantha Harding of Canada competing in the 10 km marathon swim at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada's Ontario West Channel
Jade Dusablon of Canada swimming in a pack at the 10 km marathon swim at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada

noun - The Pan American Games (also known colloquially as the Pan Am Games) is a major sporting event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The competition is held among athletes from nations of the Americas, every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games. The only Winter Pan American Games were held in 1990. The Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) is the governing body of the Pan American Games movement, whose structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter.

The celebration of the Games encompasses many rituals and symbols, such as the flag and torch, and the opening and closing ceremonies. Over 5,000 athletes compete at the Pan American Games in 36 sports and nearly 400 events.

2007 Pan American Games 10 km Marathon Swim

Chloe Sutton (USA) and Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) finished first and second in the 10 km marathon swim on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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