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Pan American Games Introduction
Established in 1951, the Pan American Games have become the high-water mark for multi-sport competition in the western hemisphere, uniting athletes from North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Many events at the Pan American Games have become Olympic qualifiers, inspiring record-breaking performances on the field of competition. Canada first hosted the Pan American Games in Winnipeg in 1967. The event broke exciting new ground, setting attendance records on and off the field of competition. Then the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada, the 1967 Pan American Games showcased Canada's hospitality and pride during the nation's centennial year. Building on this legacy, organizers successfully hosted the Pan American Games in Winnipeg once again in 1999, and Toronto in 2015, when the Parapan American Games for disabled athletes were also held in Canada for the first time. Maintaining the high standards set in 1967, the Pan American experience in Canada has continued to be characterized by high degree of community involvement, volunteerism, and athletic achievement.