Sports celebrities are preparing to compete in the Pan American Games in Chile.

Canadian swimmer Maggie Mac Neil, Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade, Dominican sprinter Marileidy Paulino

and Ecuadorian cyclist Richard Carapaz are among the competitors set to participate in Santiago from Friday until November 5.

The Pan American Games, the Americas' largest multi-sport event, are held every four years, one year before the Olympics. 

Santiago will make his debut as a host. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday.

Andrade, Brazil's most decorated gymnast in history, is arguably the biggest figure heading to Chile.

She won the vault gold at the global championships in Antwerp earlier this month, defeating American star Simone Biles.

At the age of 24, the Brazilian earned two medals.

Three years ago, in the Tokyo Olympics, she won gold in the vault competition and silver in the all-around individual competition.

She will make her Pan American Games debut. 

Andrade has nine world championship medals, including three golds. 

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