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1983 Caracas Pan American Games
Pan am 1983
Official logo

City

Caracas, Venezuela

Team Gold Medalist

USA

All-Around Gold Medalist

Orisel Martinez (CUB)

Vault Gold Medalist

Orisel Martinez (CUB)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Lucy Wener (USA)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Elsa Chivas (CUB)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Yumi Mordre (USA)

Preceded by

1979 San Juan Pan American Games

Succeeded by

1987 Indianapolis Pan American Games

The 1983 Pan American Games were held in Caracas, Venezuela from August 14 to August 29, 1983. The games were the first major international competition to include relatively accurate steroid testing. After 15 athletes, mostly weightlifters, tested positive, many others — including 12 American track and field athletes — came down with injuries, got sick, or found other reasons to withdraw from competition and avoid the test.

Format of Competition

The format was very similar to that of the Olympic Games. It was carried out in three stages:

  • Competition I - The team competition/qualification round in which all gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, performed both compulsory and optional exercises. The combined scores of all team members determined the final score of the team. The thirty-six highest scoring gymnasts in the all-around qualified to the individual all-around competition. The six highest scoring gymnasts on each apparatus qualified to the final for that apparatus.
  • Competition II - The individual all-around competition, in which those who qualified from Competition I performed exercises on each apparatus. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast during Competition I and all of the points earned by her in Competition II.
  • Competition III - The apparatus finals, in which those who qualified during Competition I performed an exercise on the individual apparatus on which she had qualified. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast on that particular apparatus during Competition I and all of the points earned by her on that particular apparatus in Competition III.

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of the United States of America USA Flag of Cuba Cuba Flag of Brazil Brazil
All-Around Flag of Cuba Orisel Martinez
Cuba (CUB)
Flag of the United States of America Yumi Mordre
United States of America (USA)
Flag of the United States of America Lisa Wittwer
United States of America (USA)
Vault Flag of Cuba Orisel Martinez
Cuba (CUB)
Flag of Cuba Luisa Prieto
Cuba (CUB)
Flag of the United States of America Lisa Wittwer
United States of America (USA)
Uneven Bars Flag of the United States of America Lucy Wener
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Canada Elfi Schlegal
Canada (CAN)
Flag of Cuba Tania Gonzalez
Cuba (CUB)
Balance Beam Flag of Cuba Elsa Chivas
Cuba (CUB)
Flag of Cuba Orisel Martinez
Cuba (CUB)
Flag of the United States of America Tracy Butler
United States of America (USA)
Floor Exercise Flag of the United States of America Yumi Mordre
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Cuba Orisel Martinez
Cuba (CUB)
Flag of the United States of America Lisa Wittwer
United States of America (USA)

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of Cuba Cuba 3 4 1 8
2 Flag of the United States of America USA 3 1 4 8
3 Flag of Canada Canada 0 1 0 1
4 Flag of Brazil Brazil 0 0 1 1

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