Former Olympian Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima had the honor of being the final torch bearer as he made his way up the staircase and lit the Olympic cauldron, officially kicking off the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016.
A lack of a ticket to the opening ceremony didn't stop these revelers from enjoying the kickoff to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. It also provided those protesting the Brazilian government the perfect platform to get their message heard.
Athletes from around the world, proudly representing their home nations, stream into the arena in a procession during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics on August 5, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.
With the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games just a week away, Brazil has stepped up security at the airport, the athlete's village, and other sporting venues, following a rash of bad press surrounding the safety of the city. Notwithstanding, locals continue to flock to the beaches and athletes prepare for the games!
Beginning with the opening ceremony on Friday evening, the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics will run from August 5 thru August 21, 2016. The event will showcase some of the world's top athletes over the course of 306 events in 28 sports.
It was quite the scene as athletes from around the world were welcomed into the Olympic Village with performances from Brazilian dancers and musicians on August 2, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro. No sooner did they bed in, were they heading to practice, gearing up for the Opening Ceremony in three days time.
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