1995 Pan American Games

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XII Pan American Games
Host cityMar del Plata
Nations participating42
Athletes participating5,144
Events309 in 34 sports
Opening ceremonyMarch 12
Closing ceremonyMarch 26
Officially opened byPresident Carlos Menem
Athlete's OathLeonardo Malgor
Pan American torchNora Vega
Main venueEstadio José María Minella
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The 12th Pan American Games were held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from March 12 to March 26, 1995. After 44 years, this was the Pan American Games first return to the country that hosted the first Games, in 1951.


Lobi, mascot of the games.

The seaside resort city of Mar del Plata hosted the XII Pan American Games. The city of 600,000 is located 400 km south of Buenos Aires. Welcoming 5,144 athletes from 42 countries of PASO community, events were held in 34 different sports. The Games were held early by Northern Hemisphere standards, but in early autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

Organizers spread the 1995 games throughout Argentina, including Buenos Aires, Parana, and Mar del Plata.[1]


Mar del Plata[edit]


The mascot, Lobi, is a sea lion, an animal commonly found in the waters of Mar de Plata. He stands for the host city and is displayed with welcoming open arms. The words in the poster are constructed to imply a launching point or podium.[2]

Medal count[edit]

1 Host nation

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Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) a 170 145/144 110 425/424
2  Cuba (CUB) 112 66 60 238
3  Canada (CAN) 47 61 69 177
4  Argentina (ARG) 1 40 45 74 159
5  Mexico (MEX) 23 20 37 80

^ The medal count for the United States is disputed.


The sports of basque pelota, karate, racquetball, squash and triathlon appeared on the schedule for the first time.[2]