Team USA has arrived in Santiago, Chile, ahead of the quadrennial Pan American Games, as the seven-player delegation aims to top the medal table for a third consecutive Games, October 31-November 5.
The quadrennial Pan American Games has served as the largest international stage for Team USA squash since the sport’s inclusion in 1995. The Santiago Games feature athletes from forty-one nations competing across thirty-six sports.
The squash competition will have seven gold medals on offer across individual, doubles and team events. The individual event will open the tournament October 31-November 1, followed by doubles November 2-3, and teams November 3-5.
Singles and Doubles draws are available here. Teams draws are available here. For more Pan American Games coverage and information visit santiago2023.org. Select live streaming will be available on the Pan Am Sports Channel.
“These seven players have worked incredibly hard to earn the opportunity to prove themselves on the Pan American Games stage,” said Ong Beng Hee, the Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach. “The team has put in good training sessions since arriving in Santiago and we’re eager to get the competition off to a good start by earning some individual medals on Wednesday.”
Tuesday will feature the first three rounds of the individual draw, which will be followed by the individual semifinals and finals on Wednesday.
Team USA’s world No. 5 Amanda Sobhy and world No. 9 Olivia Weaver lead the women’s individual draws as the gold and silver medal favorites, respectively, and oppose each other in the draw as the top two seeds. Twenty-year-old Marina Stefanoni earned her appearance at the Pan Am Games by winning the Pan American Junior Championships, and enters the draw as a 5/8 seed.
World No. 41 Timmy Brownell will make his Pan American Games debut as a men’s 3/4 seed, while world No. 53 Todd Harrity will face Colombia’s 5/8 seed Juan Vargas in the round of sixteen Tuesday.
Squash will feature at the Olympic Games for the first time at LA28, and the Santiago Pan American Games will be Team USA’s first major international squash competition following that monumental announcement for the sport.
Team USA Squash will be aiming to top the Pan American Games medal table for a third consecutive Games after historic medal hauls in 2015 and 2019. Team USA won both Team Gold Medals for the first time in tournament history in 2019 and will look to defend their gold medals. World No. 5 Amanda Sobhy became the first Pan American Games squash athlete to win gold medals in three competitions in 2015—a feat that she repeated in 2019 and will aim to achieve for an unprecedented third Games in Santiago.
Both the men’s and women’s teams feature returning gold medalists and Pan Am Games debutantes. The women’s team will enter the competition as the gold medal favorites and will feature returning gold medalists in Sobhy and Olivia Blatchford Clyne who were on the 2015 and 2019 gold medal teams. World No. 9 Olivia Weaver will make her Pan Am Games debut after a breakthrough on the professional tour since the 2019 Games. Todd Harrity is the only returning member of the men’s gold medal winning team in 2019 as the veteran leads a squad that includes two of Team USA’s up and coming stars in Timmy Brownell and Shahjahan Khan. Both Brownell and Khan have established themselves as top fifty players in the world over the last two years and will be eager to prove themselves on the biggest international stage in their careers to date.
Squash has been featured at the Pan American Games since 1995, and Team USA’s positive results in 2015 and 2019 have sent the U.S. up the all-time medal table into second place, just two gold medals behind Canada. More gold medal success in Santiago could see Team USA overtake Canada as the all-time gold medal leaders.
Before departing for the Pan Am Games, Team USA enjoyed a special send off meal courtesy of The Study University City–the official hotel partner of US Squash.