As one of the world’s largest and most competitive sporting events, the Pan American Games bring together the best athletes from the 41 countries in Central, North and South America and the Caribbean every four years.

Many of the biggest stars in sport have competed for gold medals throughout the 18 editions of the multisport event, including Carl Lewis, Teofilo Stevenson and even Michael Jordan.

Spectators at the Caracas 1983 Pan American Games witnessed the beginning of one of the greatest basketball careers in history, as Michael Jordan lead Team USA to a gold medal while averaging 17.3 points per game. He was just 19 years old.

Click here to read more about Michael Jordan at the Caracas 1983 Pan Am Games courtesy of the Wichita Eagle at Kansas State University.

Less than a year after the Pan Am Games in Venezuela, Jordan joined the NBA and began a run of dominance with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls won six NBA championships from 1991-1998, fueling Jordan’s legendary rise to basketball stardom.

Jordan also won two Olympic gold medals during his career at the Los Angeles 1984 and Barcelona 1992 Summer Games, solidifying his status as one of the greatest players ever.

He led the famous ‘Dream Team’ in Barcelona that was the first U.S. team to utilize professional basketball players.

Michael Jordan, the world-renowned basketball star and exceptional athlete, is a true Panam Sports legend.