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2 Utahns get bronze in cycling at Pan Am Games

SANTIAGO, Chile — David Domonoske, from Park City and his USA Cycling teammate Anders Johnson from Huntsville, Utah, came away from the Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games in Chile with bronze medals in the Team Pursuit race ride.

Mens Team Pursuit, after the bronze metal rid3, 2023-10-27 Colby Lange (left), David Domonoske (right) after the team’s bronze-medal ride. Photo: Team USA

After 17 days of exhilarating competition, Team USA athletes closed the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, leading all 41 countries with 286 medals. Of the 43 sports in which Team USA competed, 403 American medalists graced the podium, winning 124 gold, 75 silver and 87 bronze medals to earn the honor of winningest nation at the Games.

2023-10-27 Mens Cycling Team Pursuit left to right: Brendan Rhim, Colby Lange, David Domonoske, Grant Koontz, Anders Johnson. Photo: Team USA

“Today, I stand in awe of the remarkable athletes who represented Team USA at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago. Their skill, grace, and unwavering determination were truly inspiring,” said Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee in a statement. “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the hosts, Panam Sports, and the incredible citizens of Chile, who welcomed us with open arms and showed unwavering support throughout the competition. The moments of unity and camaraderie were unforgettable, and the joy we all experienced while celebrating achievements with teammates, family, and friends was truly a testament to the power of sport.”

An exciting celebration of sport among the Pan American region, the Santiago Games also provided vital qualification opportunities for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. In all, 12 U.S. athletes and three teams clinched direct qualifications to Paris 2024 next summer in men’s and women’s water polo and artistic swimming duet. Team USA also secured seven Olympic quota spots in archery, equestrian, sailing and shooting.

Serving as first-time hosts of the Pan American Games, Chile partnered with the organizers at Santiago 2023 and Panam Sports to prepare and deliver a safe and vibrant atmosphere for more than 6,800 athletes to come together and compete, demonstrating the unifying power of sport.  

“We are thrilled to support and celebrate our athletes’ success at the Pan American Games,” said Finbarr Kirwan, chef de mission of the U.S. delegation at Santiago 2023 in a statement. “These Games were a significant milestone for Team USA, providing valuable multi-sport experience for our athletes. We are grateful to the national governing bodies, staff and networks who supported our athletes. It takes an enormous effort from a large community to make these moments possible. As these Games come to a close, we want to thank the local organizing committee and the amazing people of Chile for their warm and generous hospitality during these Games.”

Up next, Team USA continues with the Parapan American Games, set for Nov. 17-26 in Chile. Fans can tune in at Panamsportchannel.org.

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