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2011 Pan American Games

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Since October 14, more than 6,000 athletes have been participating in the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The athletes, who hail from 42 nations in North and South America, are competing in traditional categories such as diving, fencing, and wrestling, but there are also newer sports on the program, including roller skating, BMX biking, and waterskiing. Collected here is a small set of images from the past two weeks in Guadalajara. The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday. [50 photos]

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Fireworks light up the Omnilife Stadium during opening ceremonies for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 14, 2011.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Fireworks light up the Omnilife Stadium during opening ceremonies for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 14, 2011.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Spectators hold wave lights in the air during the Opening Ceremony for the 2011 Pan American Games on October 14, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images) #
An artist performs during the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 14, 2011.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz) #
Team Mexico celebrates as they march during the opening ceremonies for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 14, 2011.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) #
Cyclists warm up at sunrise before their heats in the men's BMX cycling competition final at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 21, 2011. (Reuters/Jose Miguel Gomez) #
Jason McClintock, of Canada, competes in the men's water skiing slalom final competition during the Pan American Games in Chapala, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, on October 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) #
Mexico's Yvonne Trevino reaches for distance on her third attempt during the women's long jump finals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 26, 2011.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #
Argentina's players celebrate their win over Puerto Rico as the final buzzer sounds during their men's preliminary round basketball game at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
Venezuela's Eduardo Salas falls off the saddle during the equestrian discipline of the men's Modern Pentathlon at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 16, 2011. (Reuters/Mariana Bazo) #
Doris Willette of the United States, left, and Canada's Kelleigh Ryan compete in the women's team foil final of the fencing competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. The United States won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) #
Brazil's Adriana Da Silva approaches the 32km mark during the women's marathon event at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 23, 2011. Da Silva won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #
Divers practice before the evening swimming competition during Day Six of the XVI Pan American Games at Scotiabank Aquatics Center, on October 20, 2011 in Guadalajara. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images) #
Brazil's Fernando Reis celebrates after lifting 185 kg in the snatch of the men's +105 kg weightlifting competition of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. Reis set a new Pan American record. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco) #
Kent Farrington of the United States in mid-air during the Jumping Competition at the Guadalajara Country Club on Day 13 of the XVI Pan American Games on October 27, 2011 in Guadalajara. (Al Bello/Getty Images) #
Venezuela's Diliana Mendez, left in red, competes in women's 50m rifle 3 positions shooting final at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernardo De Niz) #
Colombia's Kelly Martinez, right, Argentina's Melisa Bonet, second from right, and Chile's Catherine Penan, third from right, compete during the roller skating women's 10,000m points and elimination event at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. Bonet won silver, Martinez gold, and Penan bronze. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz) #
Brazil's swimmer Thiago Pereira holds his Pan-American medals during a media conference in Sao Paulo, on October 24, 2011. Pereira was crowned king of the Pan-American pool after won seven medals, five gold, one silver and one bronze. (Reuters/Paulo Whitaker) #
Larissa Franca of Brazil holds the ball in the women's beach volleyball match against Ecuador during the XVI Pan American Games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on October 17, 2011. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images) #
Archers prepare their shots during the archery women's individual competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) #
Argentina's Nicolas Martina throws during the men's shot put at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #
Decathletes run in the men's 400m decathlon heat during Day 10 of the XVI Pan American Games at Telcel Athletics Stadium, on October 24, 2011 in Guadalajara. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images) #
Zuleimarie Hernandez of Puerto Rico (left), Nataly Rosalia Caldas of Ecuador, and Yadira Alexandra Guerra of ESA wait to start their race during the 10k Open Water Final at Malecon Beach, on October 22, 2011 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Al Bello/Getty Images) #
Chile's Patricio Villagra, right, fights with Brazil's Myke De Carvalho during a men's boxing 69kg welter quarterfinal bout at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) #
Javier Julio, of Argentina, is airborne while competing in the open men's jump overall water ski competition during the Pan American Games in Chapala, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, on October 22, 2011.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) #
Zhang Mo of Canada serves during her women's singles quarter-final table tennis match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 20, 2011. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
Zedric Thomas, of the United States, rolls out of his landing during the men's triple jump finals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #
Ana Carrasco of Argentina competes during the rhythmic gymnastics ribbon final at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 18, 2011. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
Colombia's Pedro Causil, left, and Argentina's Ezequiel Capellano cross the finish line during the men's 1000 meters roller skating chronometer at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. Causil won the gold and Capellano took the silver. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) #
Sandra Mary Collantes of Peru sheds a tear while being treated by paramedics after falling from the uneven bars in the women's artistic gymnastics individual all-around finals during the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) #
Yowlys Bonne (blue) of Cuba pins Canada Ryley Walker during their men's freestyle 60kg wrestling quarter-final at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 24, 2011. (Reuters/Henry Romero) #
Lee Kiefer, of the United States, inspects her foil while preparing to compete against compatriot Nzinga Prescot in the final of the fencing women's individual foil at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 24, 2011. Kiefer won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz) #
Cyclists compete in a qualifying round of the men's keirin first heat cycling competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 20, 2011. (Reuters/Jose Miguel Gomez) #
Anderson Emmanuel of Barbados (background) waits to fight with Mario Heredia, of Mexico, in a men's heavy 91 kg boxing quarterfinals bout at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz) #
Chile's Marisol Villarroel performs during the Pan American Games woman's roller artistic in Guadalajara, on October 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) #
Maria Alvarez of Venezuela celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 75 kg category of the women's weightlifting competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 26, 2011. (Reuters/Jose Miguel Gomez) #
Brandon Wynn of the U.S. performs his gold medal routine on the rings during the gymnastics apparatus finals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. (Reuters/Andy Clark) #
Swimmer Michelle McKeehan of the United States flips her hair in a pool before the start of the evening session during Day Four of the XVI Pan American Games at Scotiabank Aquatics Center on October 18, 2011 in Guadalajara. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images) #
Brazil's Gustavo Cardoso prepares to throw the ball against Chile in a men's handball match during the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 20, 2011.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) #
Competitors Start the Men's Triathlon at the API Maritime Terminal during Day Nine of the XVI Pan American Games on October 23, 2011 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Al Bello/Getty Images) #
Pamella Nascimento of Brazil collapses after finishing third during the Women's Triathlon at the API Maritime Terminal on October 23, 2011 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Al Bello/Getty Images) #
Members of Canada's women's 4x100m medley swim relay team arrive wearing professional Mexican wrestling masks for the final at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #
Cuba's Dayron Robles, left, gets well ahead of the pack during the men's 110m hurdles semifinals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #
Mexico's Cecilia Villar grasps her pole during the women's pole vault competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #
Argentina's Carla Rebecchi, second from left, and teammates defend during a women's field hockey semifinal game with Chile at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz) #
Peru's Claudia Riveros eyes the shuttlecock during a badminton women single semifinal match against Joycelyn Ko from Canada at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 18, 2011. Ko won 2-1. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco) #
Emil Milev from the United States fires in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol shooting final at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 22, 2011. Milev won the gold. (AP Photo/Bernardo De Niz) #
Mexico's Paola Espinosa, right, and Tatiana Ortiz compete in the women's 10m synchronized platform final of the diving competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 27, 2011. Espinosa and Ortiz won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) #
Mexico's Carolina Acosta, left and Dominican Republic's Katherine Rodriguez fight during a semifinal women's taekwondo 67 kg match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) #
Ecuador's Alexandra Andagoya strains during a lift in the women's 53kg category of the weightlifting competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, on October 24, 2011. (Reuters/Jose Miguel Gomez) #
Luiz Araujo of Brazil competes in the men's decathlon high jump during Day 10 of the XVI Pan American Games at Telcel Athletics Stadium, on October 24, 2011 in Guadalajara. (Al Bello/Getty Images) #

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