Behind The Scenes

ESPN’s production of 2015 Pan Am Games will feature standouts on, off camera

When 6,000 athletes competing in 36 sports and nearly 400 events converge on Toronto this month for the 2015 Pan American Games, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will present unprecedented Olympic-style production to deliver complete multiplatform coverage.

Starting Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Opening Ceremony telecast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, the networks will provide up-to-the-minute multimedia content throughout the 17 days of competition. The production will be led by a team of about 200 people onsite, including more than 25 on-air personalities, supported by an in-studio team reporting from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters.

The competition should be stellar. The Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 400 meter hurdles and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, a 2012 Summer Olympics silver medalist in the 400-meter individual medley in swimming, are among the many world class athletes expected to compete representing 41 countries.

In the video above, they discuss the significance of the Pan American Games. In addition, General Manager, ESPN Deportes, Lino Garcia; Isabela Iantosca, senior director of digital marketing, ESPN International, 1991 Pan Am Games competitor for Mexico and coach of the 2015 Mexico women’s tennis team; and Antonietta “Toni” Collins, ESPN digital reporter and co-host of the network’s English-language telecasts, share their thoughts on the 2015 Games.

Video produced by Jonothon Halley McLeod

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