2016 Summer Olympics in Rio: The Countdown Begins

Summer Olympics Rio Countdown Begins – Here are 10 Amazing Facts about the Host City

With the countdown already begun for the 2016 Summer Olympics, here are 10 amazing facts you need to know about the host city, Rio de Janeiro.

This will be the first Olympics to be held in the South America continet. It will be an honor in itself for the continet and the city but it is not without controversy as many people are against the spending of more than 30 billion reals for the Games while there is poverty in many areas.

The city was mistaken as a river by the Portuguese explorers back in 1502 who decided to name it Rio de Janeiro which means “River of January”.

The city is considered to have the most amazing street art in the world because of the liberal policy on street art. Artists and painters are allowed to spray and make remarkable graffiti on the streets.

The city has been a host to one of the biggest football matches in the history. The World Cup final match between Brazil and Uruguay in 1950 saw more than 173,000 viewers in the Maracanã Stadium. It was an upset however for the home supporters as Brazil lost the game.

Music Performances

Not just that, the city has hosted the largest concert as well where Rod Stewart performed in front of more than 3 million people is Copacabana in the year 1994.

Cidade Maravilhosa is what the most locals like to call their city. In Portuguese this means, Marvelous City. The locals themselves are called cariocas.

Fun fact, during the Carnival, mayor of the city gives the city keys to a person named King Momo. This legendary man takes the control of all the parties and celebrations of one of the world’s largest Carnivals, making it an unforgettable event for all the party animals.

Rio’s Landmarks

One of the biggest Jesus statue, Christ the Redeemer can be found in the city. It is considered to be the world’s largest deco statue. It attracts thousands of visitor every day.

Feijoada is considered to be the national dish of the city.

Samba, Capoeira, Choro and Forró are the famous dance and melodic representations of the city and the country Brazil.

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