1990 Winter Pan American Games

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I Winter Pan American Games
1990 Winter Pan American Games logo.svg
HostLas Leñas, Argentina
Nations participating8
Athletes participating97
Events6 in 1 sport
Opening ceremony16 September
Closing ceremony22 September
Officially opened byGovernor José Octavio Bordón
Main venueLas Leñas

The 1990 Winter Pan American Games were held in Las Leñas, Argentina, from 16 September to 22 September 1990. They were the only Winter Pan American Games. 97 athletes from eight countries participated in one sport (alpine skiing).[1]



All sporting events took place at the Las Leñas Ski resort in Mendoza Province.

Game highlights[edit]

In 1988, members of PASO voted to hold the first Pan American Winter Games at Las Leñas, Argentina in September 1989. It was further agreed that Winter Games would be held every four years. Lack of snow however, forced the postponement of the games until 16–22 September 1990[2] when only eight countries sent 97 athletes to Las Leñas. Of that total, 76 were from just three countries: Argentina, Canada, and the United States.

On September 16, Néstor Lowel, president of Las Leñas received the Olympic Flag from Antonio Rodríguez, then president of the Argentine Olympic Committee. Aristeo Benavídez, alpine skier that represented Argentina at the 1952 Winter Olympics, lit the Olympic cauldron after Governor José Octavio Bordón declared the games officially opened. The skier Carolina Eiras, who had represented Argentina at the 1988 Winter Olympics and would be the flag bearer in 1992, made the Olympic Oath.

Weather was unseasonably warm and again there was little snow, so only three Alpine Skiing events – the Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super G were staged. The United States and Canada won all 18 medals.

Participating teams[edit]

The participant nations of the first and only Winter Pan American Games, held in Las Leñas.

Non-Participating teams[edit]

Medal table[edit]

1 United States (USA)42511
2 Canada (CAN)2417
Totals (2 nations)66618

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pan American Games history". Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2011-07-03.
  2. ^ "World, Continental and Intercontinental Games – Overview of Archives content linked to the preparation, organisation and holding of these Games between 1924 and 1989" (pdf). International Olympic Committee. 2012-11-29. p. 8/16. Retrieved 2015-06-04.