LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming’s Juan Gonzalez has a busy next couple of months ahead of him. And it’s a good, boast-worthy and celebratory busy.

The sophomore diver, along with competing for the Cowboys, will participate in the first-ever Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia. The games take place from Nov. 25-Dec. 5.

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“I’m really excited about it,” Gonzalez said. “I will say, it will be my most important meet ever. I feel as though I’m going to do very well because it’s my country, and I need to make a good presentation, and I feel ready for it. I have been practicing for it for my whole life.”

Gonzalez – a native of Meddelin, Colombia – gained inclusion into the distinguished event by way of his performance at a national meet in Colombia. He qualified in the 1-meter diving competition after finishing in the top four of the qualifier.

“For Juan to go represent Colombia, and to represent Wyoming, and show he’s doing a great job is awesome,” diving head coach Ted Everett said. “He’s getting a quality education in Wyoming and he’s able to dive at a high level. I’m excited for him.”

The 2021 Junior Pan American Games also stand as a means to qualify for the Pan American Games. Gold medalists at the Junior Pan Ams qualify for the Pan American Games in Santiago in 2023.

Over 3,800 athletes will be present in Cali next month. Those athletes hail from 41 different countries across the Americas.

Along with diving, 26 other sporting events will take place. Within those events, 1,910 medals will be awarded.

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