Mark Mendelblatt wasn't being cocky when the St. Petersburg sailor said he expected at least a silver medal at the Pan Am Games.
Brazil's Robert Scheidt was dominant in the Laser Class at the Pan Am Games, taking the gold medal while Mendelblatt finished with the silver and a comfortable margin over Diego Romero of Argentina, who took the bronze. Scheidt is the reigning Olympic champion and likely will be the one to beat at the 2000 Sydney Games.
The week-long regatta included 11 races sailed on Lake Winnipeg - one of the world's larger lakes - in midwestern Canada above Minnesota. More than 100 sailors from the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda competed in 10 classes. The U.S. teams won gold in Lightning and Mistral Women, silver in Laser and Finn, and bronze in Sunfish and Mistral Men.