Having the opportunity to represent the USA swim team at the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games was, to say the least, amazing. Maccabi started in the early 1900’s, the idea being to bring Jewish athletes from around the world to compete and learn together. There are three main Maccabi games, the European games, the Pan American Games and the World Maccabiah games.
Just this past week, the Pan American games were held in Santiago, Chile, with over 3,000 total athletes representing 15 countries. With 22 sports offered, there was never any boredom at the games.
I spent most of my time swimming, but I managed to watch a few other sports such as soccer, futsal, and volleyball. Futsal was definitely the most interesting to me, having never seen it played before. It was exciting to see how fast paced it was and surprising that it got pretty physical. USA dominated the competitions taking a total of 133 medals, way ahead of second place Chile with 95. We were kept pretty busy so there wasn't too much time for sightseeing. We walked around the city once and I found it to be honestly kind of boring. There wasn't much to see, at least where we were.
Overall I was pretty satisfied with my performance, taking home 4 gold, 4 silver, and two bronze medals., a total of 10 medals out of my 11 events.