The flame will reach Brazil on May 3 and spread across the country in a great effort involving 12,000 torchbearers.
Triathletes compete during the men’s and women’s triathlon ITU World Olympic Qualification Event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. The World Olympic Qualification is a test event for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
International Olympic Committee inspectors wrapped up three days of inspection work in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, as they try to judge how well the Brazilian city is preparing for South America’s first Olympics in 2016.
Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th – 29th August with the motto “Welcome Home”. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approximately 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece’s economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned.
Sochi, Russia hosts the 2014 Paralympic Games from March 7-16. 547 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the games which opened with ceremony full of performances, a parade of athletes, fireworks, and the lighting of the Olympic flame.
The Canadian men’s ice hockey team blanked Sweden, 3-0, to win gold. In other Olympics results, Russia won gold in the four-man bobsled event, while Russia’s Alexander Legkov claimed gold in the men’s cross-country 50 km mass start free event.
US to face Finland in men’s bronze ice hockey final, Vic Wild of Russia wins Olympic gold in men’s snowboard parallel slalom, Julia Dujmovits of Austria wins Olympic gold in women’s slalom and more.