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5 Pan Am Games events you can't miss

5 Pan Am Games events you can't miss

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 09, 2015

Toronto is welcoming athletes in bus loads — more than 7,000 top athletes from 41 countries, to be exact.

This is a chance for athletes in more than 15 sports to punch their qualifying ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games but it is also a time to celebrate, enjoy concerts, take part in exciting art and cultural events and kick back and watch the athletes duke it out in our backyard.

Here is a list of our top five things not to miss during the Pan Am Games:

Opening ceremony

July 10, 5 p.m.

Pan Am Ceremonies Venue

Acrobats swinging from the Rogers Centre? Oh yes, it’s happening. Cirque du Soleil will turn the Toronto Blue Jays’ home into their world-famous circus. The “one-night only” exclusive show is deemed not to disappoint. The Opening ceremony will also be broadcast live from Nathan Philips Square for free or you can still join the part by purchasing your ticket online here.

Track and field, 100m men’s final

July 22, 6 p.m.

CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium

Canada’s roster of athletes competing on the track are pretty impressive. Many of them including Damian Warner, Derek Drouin and Andre De Grasse are posed to medal. The Canadian flag should be soaring during medal ceremonies. The 100m men’s final is the front lining event will be a tight race. Almost all the tickets are sold out, so grab them quickly.

Road cycling

July, 22 2015

Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome

If buying a ticket isn’t your thing then you can jump off your couch, battle through the streets and catch the speed demons on bikes for free. The individual time trial is taking place in Milton near the newly built Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome. Keep an eye out for Jasmin Glaesser, 23, who is no stranger to taking gold at previous Pan Ams, zipping by on the road.

Beach volleyball

July 13 – 21, 2015

Chevrolet Beach Volleyball Centre

Having sand between your toes, sun streaming down on you and watching volleyball players spike the ball at each other – sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon. Josh Binstock, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, and teammate Sam Schacter have already made waves for Canada after they grabbed a medal at the Porec Major. The two are both from Richmond Hill, Ontario.

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