Everything you need for the 2019 Pan American Games: Live Streams, preview, tickets, and schedule for Lima
The 2019 Pan American Games will take place in Lima, Peru from 26 July to 11 August, 2019 and it's time to get excited.
The 18th Pan Ams is a massive multi-sport event featuring close to 7000 athletes from 41 countries competing in 39 sports with golden tickets to Tokyo 2020 available in 22 Olympic qualifiers.
Bodybuilding and surfing will make their Pan American Games debut.
The two fastest women alive Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are set to shine, Nathan Adrian is back after winning his bout with cancer, and don't miss Caterine Ibarguen v Yulimar Rojas continue their gripping Colombia-Venezuela rivalry.
Brace yourself for 17 days of the best sport the Americas has to offer.
And you can watch it live on Olympic Channel.
You can click right here to find our live streams when the event starts (There may be restrictions in some places so click to check), but don't worry if live streaming isn't possible where you are, we've got you covered with live blogs daily too.
You can follow all the action on our daily Live Blog.
We'll bring you all the fun and Games with live updates on news, views, interviews, results, video highlights, Tweets, memes, quips, cracks, jokes, gifs, laughs, pics and everything else you could possibly want.
But for now you can scroll down to our preview, schedule, who to watch for and more.
Pan Ams Opening Ceremony: Despacito
Ancient wonders, modern marvels, there's so much more to Peru than just Machu Picchu.
July 25th will mark one year to go to Tokyo 2020 and just one day later, the Pan American Games will be set alight in a blaze of fireworks and Peruvian cultural performances.
The Opening Ceremony goes down on Friday 26 July starting at 6pm local time (1am CEST) in the National Stadium in Lima.
Puerto Rico's Luis Fonsi - yes, of the song 'Despacito' fame - will headline the party that launches the multi-sport competition.
Unfortunately, tickets to the big fiesta are already sold out, but we'll be live on site with the Live Blog bringing you the best of the action.
Meanwhile the Pan Am Games official song should get you pressing the perfect crease in your dancing pants.
It's called 'Jugamos Todos', which means 'Let's all play':
Team USA out to repeat 2015 success
With the Opening Ceremony done, it'll be time to get down to business.
The United States, hosts Canada, and Brazil were the biggest winners in the last edition of the Pan Ams at Toronto 2015.
The USA took home 265 medals from Toronto, Canada had their best return ever with 217, and Brazil took a very respectable bronze with 141.
The 2015 Pan Ams also gave us a sneak peak at Olympic stars a year before Rio 2016: USA swimmer Alison Schmitt was outstanding in Toronto, winning 3 gold medals and one silver, then went on to win gold and silver in Rio.
Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen won triple jump gold in Toronto and repeated the feat in spectacular fashion at the Rio Games, Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse basked in home glory when he won the 200m in Toronto, then took a sensational silver behind Usain Bolt in the Rio 200m.
Potential v experience: The battle of Gatlin and De Grasse
Potential v experience: The battle of Gatlin and De GrasseIn an event dominated by Usain Bolt in recent years, Justin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse provide a thrilling subplot to the 100m.
USA sharpshooter Kim Rhode was on target for skeet gold in Toronto, then added an amazing 6th Olympic medal at her 6th Olympic Games in Brazil.
Just as Toronto did for Rio, Lima will give us a glimpse at the show-stoppers and podium-toppers ready to rock your world at Tokyo 2020.
Who to watch at the Pan Am Games 2019
This time around there's so much to watch out for at this multi-sport event.
And when they say multi, they mean multi - very multi: 62 disciplines in 39 sports.
Big names include Brazil's 'Lord of the Rings' Arthur Zanetti, USA's Riley McCusker and Morgan Hurd, Venezuela's big-time BMX king Daniel Dhers, Mexico's superstar divers Paola Espinosa and Romel Pacheco will be fresh off the FINA World champs and looking to light up Lima.
Watch out too for Colombia's diver Daniel Restrepo Garcia who clinched gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires last year:
USA Swim Team: Peerless at the Pan Ams?
Watch out Peru, there'll be some red white and blue sharks in the pool.
U.S. pool dominance has been near complete since the first ever Olympic Games in Athens 1896.
Team USA has won 1/3 of all swimming medals in Olympic history.
16 gold medals at Rio 2016, 16 gold medals at Beijing 2008, 12 at Athens 2004, the U.S. has produced dominators the dimension of Mark Spitz, Janet Evans, Amanda Beard, Matthew Biondi, and of course - the most decorated Olympian of all time: Michael Phelps.
But with the big fish busy at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, Lima should give us a look at some of the USA's next generation of stars.
Some of the swim team is making a massive effort to be at both, and we can't wait to see Nathan Adrian back in action.
USA's 5-time Olympic champion and 10-time world champion is keen to win his first ever Pan Am medal in Lima.
The 30-year-old returned to the pool in May, after being diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier in January.
Tokyo 2020 is Adrian's target.
Nathan Adrian's new motivation
Nathan Adrian's new motivationThe five-time Olympic champion is back on the blocks, more motivated than ever. The U.S. star is set to return to competitve swimming at the Tyr Pro Series meet in Bloomington, just four months after receiving a testicular cancer diagnosis. Adrian wants to share his experience with the public, to help raise awareness about this form of cancer.
Roster = stacked: Team USA at Lima 2019
But it isn't just U.S. swimmers who'll be painting stars and stripes all over the Peru Pan Ams,
The 2019 U.S. Pan American Team is 643-strong featuring 321 men and 322 women competing in 36 sports.
It's a roster stacked with current and future Olympic stars.
We've already mentioned Adrian, Gatlin, Rhode, Hurd, and McCusker, but there are plenty of other stand-out names too.
The future of USA Olympics will be on show with 36 athletes aged 17 and younger, archer Casey Kaufhold is the youngest at 15.
But it isn't just about the youth.
Olympians come in all shapes, sizes, colours, creeds and ages - 57-year-old sailor Ian Jones is the most experienced member of Team USA.
Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning equestrian jumper Beezie Madden isn't far off at 55, she's in Lima too.
Four-time national champion Virginia Fuchs captains the boxing team and look out for 19-year-old table tennis sensation Kanak Jha who won a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.
Could Jha be the first ever Olympic table tennis medallist from the USA?
He's been crowned the U.S. men’s singles national champion every year since 2016.
BMX: Daniel Dhers and Mariana Pajon bring it
BMX competition at Lima will be LIT!
Colombia's Mariana Pajon is red-hot favourite in the women's BMX, she won gold at London 2012 then doubled down at Rio 2016, now she's at the Pan Ams as preparations begin for a dream three-in-a-row at Tokyo 2020.
The Olympic Channel caught up with Daniel before Lima and he sent this emotional message to Venezuelans everywhere:
Daniel Dhers' emotional message for fellow Venezuelans
Daniel Dhers' emotional message for fellow VenezuelansVenezuela's high roller wants to give his countrymen "a little piece of happiness" in these trying times. The BMX freestyler wants to bring home a medal when his sport makes its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. ;
Exclusive! Mariana Pajon: "The injury made me stronger"
Exclusive! Mariana Pajon: "The injury made me stronger"Double Olympic BMX champion Mariana Pajon was out for more than seven months with torn knee ligaments. In an exclusive interview with Olympic Channel the 27-year old Colombian opens up about her difficult time away from the sport. She even had to learn to walk again. Now back on the bike, it seems the newly-crowned Pan-American champ hasn't lost a step.
Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen v Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas in the triple jump is a must-watch, while Cuba will fancy its chances in the men's event with YOG record-breaker Jordan Díaz aiming to leap to the next level in his career.
The 18-year-old could be Cuba's big breakout star of the Games and set himself up to shock the world at Tokyo 2020.
Cuba will also have their hopes set on gold in the pole vault with London 2012 silver medallist Yarisley Silva lining up.
And speaking of Cuban Olympic medallists, we could see 3-in-a-row Olympic champ Mijain Lopez dominate the super-heavyweight 130kg division of Greco-Roman wrestling.
Lopez is Cuba's ambassador and likely flag bearer in Lima.
The Caribbean nation has won 2,026 medals in the Pan American Games since the event began in Buenos Aires in 1951, and the Cuban sporting elite will be out to write more Pan Am history and book their tickets to Tokyo 2020.
Look out for Cuba's travelling boxing cohort too, they always pack a few punches.
Is the next Teofilo Stevenson waiting to burst onto the scene in Lima?
Could Peru strike Pan Am gold in football?
Peru was dancing in the streets already this summer when their football team went all the way to the Copa America final on July 7.
They beat Uruguay and defending champs Chile only to have their dreams dashed by brilliant Brazil in the final.
A first ever Copa America title since 1975 was just out of reach, but the way the fans celebrated their team's best run for more than 40 years gave us an idea of the kind of passion and colour that lies in store at Lima 2019.
Nolberto Solano, or 'Nobby' as they affectionately called him during his time in English football at Newcastle United, Aston Villa and West Ham will lead Peru's under-23 Olympic team as coach at the Pan Ams.
It's no easy task with regional powerhouses Brazil, Argentina and Mexico around, but imagine scenes like this if the football team can get on the podium:
How to buy tickets to the Pan American Games 2019
Opening Ceremony tickets may be sold out, but tickets to Lima 2019 events are on sale, available (Some are sold out already!), and are very reasonably priced.
For example, the expensive seats for the women's all-around artistic gymnastics final on Sunday 27 July are going for $15 for adults, less than $5 for under-18s and senior citizens.
The last time we looked some seats were still available but hurry, tickets are being snapped up fast!
Pan American Games 2019 Schedule
You can find the full schedule on the Lima 2019 official site here.
But we've had a look through the schedule and picked out a few days and dates to stick in reminders. All times are in local time in Lima (With Central European Summer Time (CEST) in brackets):
Lima 2016 Highlights:
Friday 26 July: Opening Ceremony!
Discover ancient civilizations and modern visions in a sparkling showcase of Peruvian culture. It'll blow your mind (And Puerto Rico's Luis Fonsi will probably sing 'Despacito' too).
Saturday 27 July
Canoe: We're looking forward to watching Isaquías Queiroz on the water. The Brazilian canoe sprinter won three Olympic medals at Rio 2016: the only Brazilian ever to clinch three medals at the same games.
Taekwondo: Luisito Pie won the Dominican Republic's only medal at Rio and will be his country's Pan Ams ambassador, his brother Bernardo will be there too!
Artistic skating: Ice skating without the ice. Sounds fun.
Sunday 28 July
What do football and Bob Marley’s daughter have in common?
More than you might imagine.
Cedella Marley rescued Jamaica's 'Reggae Girlz' from the abyss in 2014 after a lack of funding left them unable to compete, and in 2019 they qualified for the Women’s World Cup in France.
Now they're out to do some damage at the PanAm Games, they play Mexico at 10am in Peru (5pm CEST).
Keep one eye on the men's Modern Pentathlon final at 4pm (11pm CEST) too: Five tickets to Tokyo on the line.
Monday 29 July
Shooting: Imagine going to six different Olympic Games and winning six medals.
That's exactly what Kimberley Rhode has achieved for Team USA and she can qualify for a 7th Games at Tokyo 2020 in Lima on Sunday.
Rhode will set her sights on a 5th Pan Ams gold medal in the women's trap final from 1pm to 1:45pm (8 to 8:45pm CEST).
Tuesday 30 July
His rings performance will be worth the ticket price alone.
Beach volleyball: Tuesday will also bring beach volleyball finals 1pm-3:30pm (8pm-10:30pm CEST), and the women's handball final, where the winner will guarantee their safe passage to Tokyo joining Japan (hosts), France and Angola.
Wednesday 31 July
Artistic swimming: More Tokyo places are up for grabs in artistic swimming on Wednesday, tune in from 11:15am to 1:30pm (6:15-8:30pm CEST).
Equestrian dressage finalists will strut their stuff too.
Thursday 1 August
Gary 'Hangtime' Hines and the U.S. handball team are getting serious, they have a 10-year plan that aims to put them up there with the world's best, but can they qualify for Tokyo 2020? Their Pan Am journey begins today.
Boxing finals today too! Look out for the Cubans, always strong in the ring.
Friday 2 August
More boxing finals!
Handball: Brazil play their preliminary handball round at 8:30pm (3:30am CEST), with more pro European teams signing Brazilian talent, can Brazil threaten the likes of reigning Olympic champs Denmark? They'll have to get to Tokyo 2020 first, and it all starts right here.
Shooting: Kim Rhode will be in action again in the women's skeet final from 1pm-2:15pm (8-9:15pm), this is another chance for her to punch that Tokyo ticket - in case she needs it.
Badminton: Not the first sport that comes to mind when you think of Latin America, but the continent's best shuttlers will face off today.
Saturday 3 August
Nathalia Gaitan has been fighting all her life.
At just 5 years of age she was diagnosed with a cancer that has a 70-percent mortality rate. Now the captain of the Colombian team is 28 and still fighting - for the rights of female footballers in her country.
She's even got James Rodriguez to support the cause. Colombia could really help their case with a strong run in the Pan Ams that gets the country behind them.
They kick things off at 10am (5pm CEST).
Surfing: Argentine Santiago Muniz is a two-time world champion at the ISA World Surfing Games, and after a little time out he's back and fully focused on one thing: Tokyo 2020 qualification.
He has Leo Messi on his board and his brother competes for Brazil.
Tennis: Four Tokyo passes will be won in tennis in the men's and women's singles semi-finals as there are two available in each gender, so semi-finals winners will have cause for celebration even before the final: 10am-2pm (5pm-9pm CEST).
Rhythmic gymnastics also start on August 3.
Sunday 4 August
Surfing: Finals from 9am-2:30pm (4pm-9:30pm) in Punta Rocas. One man and one woman will secure their spot at Tokyo.
Volleyball: Men's volleyball final. Who can join Japan and world champions Denmark at the Olympics?
Equestrian eventing: More Olympic qualifiers will be confirmed.
Diving: Another Olympic qualifier, the men's 3m is on from 7pm-8:15pm (2am-3:15am CEST).
Monday 5 August
Table tennis: Puerto Rico could hardly be called a table tennis stronghold, but they have a rising star in Adriana Diaz. Ranked No.18 in the world. Diaz played at Rio 2016 at just 15.
And the U.S. has their own precocious paddler in Kanak Jha. The YOG bronze medallist also competed at Rio where he was the youngest athlete of the US delegation.
Table tennis will go on until the 10th of August.
Tuesday 6 August
Hard to know where to start.
Wednesday 7 August
Long jump: Look out for Cuba's 'Black Panther' Juan Miguel Echevarria in the final.
Athletics: The women's and men's 100m finals. Always a marquee event, and there are plenty of marquee contenders.
Table Tennis finals: A Tokyo ticket each for the winners of the men's and women's finals. 7:30-8:30pm (2:30am-3:30am).
Thursday 8 August
Equestrian jumping: Leaping for nine qualifying places in Tokyo's stables, the one to watch is the USA's two-time Olympic champion Beezie Madden.
Wrestling: Cuba's super heavyweight giant Mijain Lopez is a 3-time Olympic and 3-time Pan American champ. He wants more.
Friday 9 August
Before that we'll have the men's and women's 200m sprint and a whole lot more on a big day for athletics.
Mariana Pajon will be firm favourite in the women's BMX, the women's final is at 1:30pm (8:30pm CEST) and the men's right after at 1:33pm (8:33pm CEST).
Hockey: Women's field hockey gold medal match is at 5:15pm (12:15am CEST).
Football: The women's football final takes place at 8:30pm (3:30am), the USA will not send their world cup heroes, so it's a chance for gold to go elsewhere, Brazil should be strong.
Swimming: From 8:30pm (3:30am) we'll see men's and women's finals in the 50m free, 400m individual medleys and the 4x200m freestyle relays.
Medals galore in judo, sailing, rowing, speed skating and wrestling today.
Saturday 10 August
Water Polo: Rio 2016 champs USA have already qualified for Tokyo so will a ticket to Tokyo be incentive enough to upset the favourites? We'll find out at 7:30pm (2:30am CEST).
Hockey: Men's gold medal match 5:15pm (12:15am CEST): Argentina are reigning Olympic champions, will they book safe passage to Tokyo?
Softball: Women's final at 2pm (9pm CEST).
Saturday is the final day of swimming and athletics. Medals-a-go-go!
Sunday 11 August
The very last day of action at the Pan Am Games.
Archery: The ultimate day starts with America's best bowmasters, men's and women's team recurve starts from 9am (4pm CEST) with finals scheduled for 10:08am (5:08pm CEST) Female and 10:56am (5:56pm CEST) Male. Individual finals are at 2:25pm (9:25pm CEST) Women and 2:59pm (9:59pm CEST) Men.
Volleyball: Women's gold match at 11am (6pm).
Judo finals: Women's -78kg, +78kg, and men's -100kg, +100kg from 9pm (4am CEST).
Karate Kumite: Tickets there for the taking in this new Olympic discipline. Kicking off at 9am (4pm CEST) with finals from 1:20pm (8:20pm).
Look who showed up to check out the brand new track back in April.
Usain Bolt Comeback?
Was the Jamaican's lightning visit to Lima a reminder of how much Bolt is missing the track?
Rumours of a comeback are circulating, and Justin Gatlin is excited by the idea.
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Lima 2019 Pan American Games in Numbers
- 41 Panam Sports nations
- 6,700 total athletes estimated
- 413 medal events
- 31 sports on the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 program
- 39 sports
- 62 disciplines
- 17 competition days
- 12,000 volunteers