2015 Parapan Am Games Brings Success to Team USA

The 2015 Parapan American Games finished in Toronto, Canada last weekeend and this marked the largest Games to date. Thousands of athletes and supporters gathered to celebrate at the closing ceremonies, which included a fireworks display over the Toronto skyline, and musical performances by artists such as Grammy award-winner Wyclef Jean. After the festivities, the traditional hand-over ceremony took place between Toronto mayor, John Tory, and Lima, Peru’s Mayor, Luis Castañeda Lossio. Lima will host the next Parapan American Games, in 2019.

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The United States took third overall, winning 135 total medals. Team USA followed behind Canada in second with 168 medals, and Brazil in first with an impressive 257 medals. The U.S. walked away with 40 gold medals in events such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and road cycling, archery and track events.

Winning Gold – USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team

Alpine Orthopaedic’s Dr. Gloria Beim, served as the 2015 Parapan American Games Chief Medical Officer. She wrapped up her time there by saying:

“It was such an honor to work with the most amazing, talented and inspirational athletes I have ever met….it opened up another dimension of sports medicine for me.”

Dr. Gloria Beim with Parapan athlete

About the Parapan American Games

The Parapan Am games began in 1999, in Mexico City, and became a qualifying event for the Paralympic Games. Participation quickly grew from 1,000 athletes from 18 countries in that first year, to 1,300 athletes representing 26 countries in 2011. The TORONTO 2015 games are projected to be the largest yet, with over 1,600 para-athletes slated to compete.

For more information about TORONTO 2015: http://www.toronto2015.org

About Dr. Gloria Biem

Dr. Beim founded Alpine Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Regional Hand Center, located on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies in 1999 and holds clinics at three different locations: Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Telluride.

She earned her M.D. at the University of California at San Diego, and then went on to earn her specialization credentials at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Cente. Dr. Beim completed her sports medicine, knee, shoulder and arthroscopy fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh, Center for Sports Medicine in 1996.

For more information on Alpine Orthopaedics: http://www.alpineorthopaedics.com/