Pan Am Games to open in Mexico, with sunshine

October 14, 2011 - 2:41 PM
Pan American Games

A man runs holding the Pan American Games torch in Amatitan, Mexico, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. The 2011 Guadalajara Pan American games are scheduled to begin on Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — After days of heavy rain, the sun has broken through in Guadalajara, perfect timing for Friday's opening ceremony of the Pan American Games.

Guadalajara has been pounded by Hurricane Jova, putting in doubt the curtain-raising show at Omnilife Stadium, the home of the Mexican soccer club Chivas.

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge met Friday with Pan American Games officials and was expected to attend the opening ceremony.

The Pan Am Games are held every four years, with 42 nations from the Americas attending this time. The United States traditionally dominates the competition and has entered more than 600 athletes.