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Students from Laureate International Universities win 15 medals in the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara


Pan American Games 2011

Students from Laureate International Universities member institutions showed during the 16th Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October that they are exceptional athletes as well as great students by representing their countries and institutions with pride in a number of events and winning an amazing 15 medals for their respective countries.

Students from Universidad del Valle de México (UVM) won a total of 13 medals for Mexico, including 2 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze medals:

  • Jorge Alcántara Vázquez (Sports Management) - Gold in Handball
  • Aida Román (Psychology) - Gold in Team Archery
  • Juan René Serrano (Industrial and Systems Engineering) - Silver in Team Archery
  • Luis Eduardo Veléz (Culinary Arts) – Silver in Team Archery
  • Damián Villa (Marketing) - Silver in Taekwondo
  • Janeth Alegría Pena (Communication) - Bronze in Tae Kwon Do
  • Vanessa Zambotti (Communication) - Bronze in Judo
  • Kurt Santaella (International Sports Marketing) – Bronze in Rowing
  • Nataly Michel Silva (International Trade) - Bronze in Fencing
  • Victoria Eugenia Montero (Nutrition) Bronze in Badminton
  • Aida Roman (Psychology) – Bronze in Individual Archery
  • Alexa Moreno Medina (High School) - Bronze in Team Artistic Gymnastics
  • Braulio Avila Juárez (Business Administration) – Bronze in Boxing

Nicholas Dias Araujo Santos from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in Sao Paulo, won a gold medal for Brazil in the 400 meter freestyle. Nicolas Jofre Felipe and Maurin, graduate students from Universidad Andrés Bello in Chile won a bronze medal for Chile in handball.

In addition to the student-athletes who won a medal in their events, other students from throughout the Laureate network represented their countries admirably:

  • Ashley Binns Miranda, a medicine students from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, ranked fifth in the women's karate from a total group of 42 competitors.
  • Universidad Andrés Bello was well represented in women's handball by Andrea Cisterna (Engineering), Pamela Flores (Physical Education), Paula Cajas (Kinesionlogía), María José Letelier (Physical Education) and Pamela Vera (Journalism), who ranked fifth in the competition.

These great results from Laureate students show that in addition to being talented and academically disciplined, they are committed to competing and representing their countries. Laureate International Universities is proud of all our student athletes who serve as role models to students everywhere.