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It was 1967

Pan Am track being built at the UofM, May 31, 1967 Lester B. Pearson was the prime minister of Canada, Duff Roblin headed the provincial legislature as premier, Winnipeg's mayor was Stephen Juba.

And in August of that year, Winnipeg, the smallest city to have staged the Pan Am Games, was reeling, having been awarded the Olympic Cup by the International Olympic Committee for the outstanding organizing and production of the 5th Pan Am Games.

A total of 29 countries from the Americas participated in those Games. Canadians arrived from the most distant parts of the nation to see the greatest sports spectacle ever held in Canada, to cheer on participants and to revel in the exciting atmosphere generated by international sport at its best. A crew of 9,000 volunteers (350 of whom have signed up to work the 1999 Games) gave their time to ensure the Games' success.

The Games lasted only two weeks, but their legacy has continued to be felt throughout Manitoba to this day. At the University of Manitoba, the stadium, built for the '67 games, is a lasting reminder of those days.