Team USA Earns Women’s Team Gold; Tops Pan Am Games Medal Table

(l-r)L Amanda Sobhy, Olivia Blatchford Clyne, Olivia Weaver

Team USA capped off the 2023 Pan American Games by capturing a third consecutive women’s team gold medal, topping the squash medal table after seven events and six days of competition in Santiago, Chile.

The U.S. women earned the top honors in dominating fashion without dropping a game all tournament. No. 2 Olivia Fiechter and No. 1 Amanda Sobhy put in two commanding 3-0 victories in the final over Nicole Bunyan and Hollie Naughton, respectively.

With both the U.S. and Colombia earning three gold medals, Team USA’s two silver medals to Colombia’s one made the difference at the top of the overall medal table. It marks the third straight tournament where Team USA topped the medal table at the quadrennial Pan Am Games following 2015 in Toronto and 2019 in Lima. Sobhy and Blatchford Clyne were on all three gold medal teams, while Weaver celebrates her first in her Pan Am Games debut.

In addition to women’s team gold, Team USA swept the women’s individual medals, and earned mixed doubles gold and women’s doubles silver.

“It’s been a long ten days but I think we’ve really come together really well these last few days,” Weaver said. “We knew that we needed to come out here and perform really well, Canada’s a strong team. There was no pressure on them, but we rose to the occasion, got the job done and we couldn’t be more excited.”

“It’s really special to play for each other and our country, it’s not every day that you get to play a team event and have teammates supporting you and lifting you up,” Sobhy said. “It’s been a great week and there’s no better people to play alongside.”

Blatchford Clyne takes home two golds in the team and mixed doubles competition. Sobhy–one of the most decorated Pan Am Games squash athletes in history–will take home team gold, individual silver and doubles silver. In her Pan Am Games debut, Weaver will take home team gold, individual gold and doubles silver.

“This has been my first time qualifying for this team and just making this team alone was a huge accomplishment for me,” Weaver added. I feel very honored to be alongside these two veterans who have represented the U.S. at this event many times. I appreciate them for leading the way and setting the tone. We couldn’t have ended it on a better note.”

Team USA led all forty-one countries across thirty-six sports in Santiago with a total 286 medals–including 124 gold, 75 silver and 87 bronze.

The Pan American Games torch will be passed to the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla in 2027. The Games will precede squash’s debut as an Olympic Sport at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.