The Pan American Games are a special time for me, and being as they start later this week, I’d like to reflect on my experience from 4 years ago. In 2015, I was a lowly, post primary school, 15 year old. I had a long summer with little to do. One day, while watching an IndyCar race, I saw a Toronto 2015 billboard. I began to surf the web to find out exactly what the Pan American Games were, since I hadn’t heard of them before. Like all people new to the internet, I clicked innocently on the Wikipedia page to find answers. I was amazed to find out that the Olympic Games weren’t the only multi-sport games that existed. I immediately became enthralled in the qualification process and team announcements for the games. I made little spreadsheets of my own results and research and waited for the games to begin. I’d never been more excited for any sports event in my life!
I still remember watching the opening ceremony in awe as Cirque du Soleil put on a fantastic performance. The next day I woke up and immediately went to my computer. I was still new to video streaming, so I wasn’t able to watch the games live. I did, however, follow every single event live by using the live results feature on the Toronto 2015 website. I would check my computer multiple times a day, just to see if my favorite athletes had managed to win some medals.
By the end of those exhausting two weeks, which included me starting high school, I had little to no will left to follow the games. When the games did draw to a close that Sunday, I was both relived and sad. I was relieved that I wouldn’t have to endlessly refresh a computer screen anymore, but also sad that one of the best sports events in my lifetime had finished. It was that feeling that made me realize just how much I loved multi-sports games. Since the 2015 Pan American Games, I have followed every single multi-sport games in existence. So, I’d like to conclude by thanking the people who organized the 2015 Pan American Games because in a way they organized my love for multi-sports games too.