1995 Pan American Games

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.

XII Pan American Games
1995 Panamerican games logo.svg
Host cityMar del Plata, Argentina
Events309 in 34 sports
OpeningMarch 12
ClosingMarch 26
Opened by
StadiumEstadio José María Minella
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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 at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

Bidding processEdit

One Mar del Plata submitted a bid to host the 1995 Pan American Games that was recognized by the Pan American Sports Organization (OPEPA). Honoring an agreement that was made after Mar del Plata withdrew their bid for the 1991 Pan American Games, OPEDA selected Mar del Plata as the host city for the 1995 games at the ODEPA Assembly in Havana, Cuba in October 1989.[2]


Mar del PlataEdit

Estadio José María Minella during the closing ceremony


Lobi, mascot of the games

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.[3]

Medal countEdit

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.


(Left): Argentina v Brazil, roller hockey match; (right): the Argentina basketball team won the gold
(Left): Vanina Oneto celebrating her goal to United States; (right): The football team at the podium. Both teams won the gold

The sports of basque pelota, karate, racquetball, squash and triathlon appeared on the schedule for the first time.[3]


  1. ^ Spence, Mike (12 March 1995). "Pan American Games -- As Games Grow, Stature Diminishes". The Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington, United States. Archived from the original on 4 July 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Juegos Panamericana Mar del Plata 1995" (in Spanish). 1 June 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b LA84 Foundation Archived 2008-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
Preceded by
XII Pan American Games
Mar del Plata

Succeeded by