Olympic Torch Relay arrives at Região dos Lagos
With sea landscape, the Olympic flame stops at the cities of Rio das Ostras, Búzios, São Pedro da Aldeia, Iguaba Grande, Araruama, Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio
This Monday (01), the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay arrives at Região dos Lagos (‘Lake Region’) where it will find live shows, choir and dance performances, as well as sportive practices. The Olympic flame starts its journey at Rio das Ostras, following afterwards to the cities of Búzios, São Pedro da Aldeia, Iguaba Grande, Araruama and Arraial do Cabo. The course ends in Cabo Brio, more precisely at Praia do Forte (beach), the location where the ceremonial cauldron will be lit. After the event, the public can check out a performance by Tambores Urbanos group. In total, 168 people will carry the Olympic torch, and the retinue will travel 21 kilometres.This Monday (01), the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay arrives at Região dos Lagos (‘Lake Region’) where it will find live shows, choir and dance performances, as well as sportive practices. The Olympic flame starts its journey at Rio das Ostras, following afterwards to the cities of Búzios, São Pedro da Aldeia, Iguaba Grande, Araruama and Arraial do Cabo. The course ends in Cabo Brio, more precisely at Praia do Forte (beach), the location where the ceremonial cauldron will be lit. After the event, the public can check out a performance by Tambores Urbanos group. In total, 168 people will carry the Olympic torch, and the retinue will travel 21 kilometres.
• Rio das Ostras welcomes the Olympic flame at Alcebíades Sabino dos Santos Avenue for the start of the relay. The retinue proceeds through Amaral Peixoto Higwhay, where most of the course will take place, until arriving at São Pedro Square. Located in front of Praia do Centro (beach), the location will host the relay ceremony. The course continues through Cristovão Barcelos Avenue and returns to the seaside at Beira Mar Avenue, the retinue’s final destination in the city.
• The programme in Búzios counts with a performance by the Coral Encantata Búzios (choir), accompanied by the Villa-Lobos Music School Orchestra. A scale model exposition about the Olympic Games is also one of the day’s attractions. The torch’s course starts at José Bento Ribeiro Dantas Avenue, passing by the Usina Velha road. The Olympic flame arrives at the traditional Orla Bardot and follows towards one of the city’s most famous beaches, Ferradura, where the event ends.
• The Olympic torch passes by the most important landmarks of São Pedro da Aldeia, such as Hermógenes Freire da Costa Square, which has as its background the beautiful Laguna Araruama (lagoon). Afterwards, it heads for Dr. Plinio Assis Tavares Sqaure and Agenor Santos Square, where the Igreja Matriz (church) is located. The torch says goodbye to the city to the sound of singer Adriano Marques.
• In Iguaba Grande, the Olympic torch will be welcomed at Pedra da Salga, located at Amaral Peixoto Highway, nearby the Highway Patrol. Upon arriving at Araruama Lagoon, the torch is transported on a fisherman’s canoe for 200 metres until the Pier, where it will go through the sand until the street. The Olympic flame still passes by several touristic spots in the city, such as Nossa Senhora de Conceição Chapel, located by Praia do Popeye (beach). The relay’s ending ceremony will have a performance by the regional music duo Roger and Berg and by the Najack band, as well as dance spectacles.
• In Araruama, the cultural and sportive programme will happen throughout the whole day at Raposo Square (Menino João Hélio Park). There will be performances by the city’s marching band and choir, as well as stretching, gymnastics, carimbo and capoeira. The day of events will be ended with live shows by bands Sucesso and Gravidade Nula. The relay starts at Ararumama/Rio Bonito Highway and proceeds through Amaral Peixoto Highway, passing by the square where the events take place and returning to Amaral Peixoto Highway, where it ends its course in the city.
• In Arraial do Cabo, the torch relay ceremony starts at Dr. Hermes Barcelos Av, going to Praia Grande (beach). One of the most beautiful beaches of this region, it is the stage for performances by students from social projects, the Municipal Choir, the Chamber Orchestra and the Núcleo de Formação de Atores (acting school). Around 80 students from the Pescando Talentos Project and the Municipal Dance Ensemble will present four performances of classical ballet during the passing of the Olympic torch. There will also be competitions by students from social projects of jiu-jitsu, muay thai, taekwondo and MMA. The relay proceeds through Epitácio Pessoa Street and Kioto Street, where the Olympic flame once again goes by the seaside, this time at Praia dos Anjos (beach). The last stretch of relay follows until Dom Pedro I Street.
• In Cabo Frio, the torch relay counts with many attractions and a route that passes by several city post-cards. The course starts at Vereador Antônio Ferreira dos Santos Avenue, proceeding through the City Centre until Porto Alegre Street, and afterwards Assunção Avenue. The ceremonial cauldron will be lit at Praia do Forte, with a performance by Tambores Urbanos. Tomorrow, the Olympic torch will take a Hawaiian canoe ride in a stretch of 1.5km between Forte de São Mateus (fort) and Terminal de Transatlânticos. The ceremonial cauldron will be lit at Praia do Forte, with a performance by Tambores Urbanos.
Check out some of the day’s torchbearers:
Vivien Vajda is five times world champion of jump rope, a sport largely unknown in Brazil, but that translates to Portuguese as ‘Pula Corda’. At 21 years old, daughter of a Hungarian father and a Brazilian mother, Vivien lives in Europe and spends her holidays at Região dos Lagos. She gave classes and lectures about this sport in China, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Japan. She will be torchbearer in Rio das Ostras at Coca-Cola’s invitation.
Renê Silva was born at a community at Morro do Adeus, in Complexo do Alemão, North District of Rio de Janeiro. At 11 years old, with support from his school’s directors and teachers, he created the journal Voz da Comunidade to report the reality in which he lived in. Ten years later, the journal has one million daily visits to its webpage, the Twitter page has 185 thousand followers (Renê’s profile alone accounts for more than 105 thousand), and the Facebook page accounts for another 40 thousand fans. He will be torchbearer in Iguaba Grande at Coca-Cola’s invitation.
Natália Hofmann has been a Physical Education teacher for 10 years and is director of the Região dos Lagos Running Athletes and Athletes Association. She is also founder of the female running athletes group “Elas Correm”. Currently, the group has seven runners, who compete at several street contests at the cities of Região dos Lagos. She will be torchbearer in Cabo Frio at Nissan’s invitation.
Jonas Letieri Linares Ramos, 30 years old, always practiced different sport modalities. With a degree in graphic design, he radically changed his life upon losing his arms in an accident. Ever since, he has dedicated himself to Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and already collects victories. He achieved the second position at the Battle of the Paddle Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, 2013), third position at the Battle of the Paddle Brasil (SC/2014) and was champion of Rei e Rainha do Mar Rio de Janeiro 2014. He will be torchbearer in Búzios at Nissan’s invitation.
Joel Lopes, 68 years old, dedicated his life to the practice of judo. A black belt on this modality, he teaches martial arts for poor children throughout social projects developed in the city. His dedication got him to be coach for Rio de Janeiro’s base team. He will be torchbearer in Rio das Ostras at Bradesco’s invitation.
Dayone Rossi is the current Brazilian champion of VA’A canoe, more known as canoe slalom. The athlete was also South-American and world champion of the modality. A physical education and yoga teacher, Dayone is responsible for a project of social inclusion of children and teenagers through sport. She will be torchbearer in Cabo Frio at Bradesco’s invitation.
Ricardo Winicki, more known as ‘Bimba’, is one the greatest Brazilian medalists at the Pan American Games’ sailing modality. In his curriculum, this 36 year-old athlete has four gold medals (Toronto 2015, Guadalajara 2011, Rio 2007 and Santo Domingo 2003) and a silver medal at the 1999 Winnipeg Pan-American Games. He will be torchbearer in Búzios.
Amandou Dia Ba, 58 years old, is a former athlete from Senegal. He achieved a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games for 400 metres with hurdles. He will be torchbearer in Araruama.
Marcelo Elgarten, 40 years old, achieved a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games wearing the volleyball team uniform. The setter, who this year was Superliga vice-champion, is playing for the Lugano team, in Switzerland. He will carry the torch in Arraial do Cabo.
Pedro Cunha has a winner trajectory. At 17 years old, he achieved the Youth World Championship of beach volleyball. In 2003, he paired with Tande, and together, they won the Brazilian Circuit. Cunha also participated at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He will be torchbearer in Cabo Frio.
Yumilka Ruiz Luaces, 38 years old, is a former volleyball athlete from Cuba. She was champion at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and Sydney 2000. She also achieved gold at the Rio 2007 Pan-American Games. She carries the torch in Cabo Frio.
José Leandro Ferreira is regarded as one of the best left-backs of the national team. Born in 1959 at Cabo Frio (RJ), he started his career in Flamengo in the late 1970’s. In 1982, he was summoned by Telê Santana to compete at the World Cup in Spain. At his home city, Leandro was paid tribute to with a bronze statue at Praça das Águas (square). He will be torchbearer in Cabo Frio.
Rosely de Araújo has been a Paralympic canoe slalom athlete for four years. During this time, she has competed at countless contests throughout Brazil, becoming South-American vice-champion in 2014, in Santos, and individual vice-champion in 2015, in Rio de Janeiro. She will be torchbearer in Cabo Frio.
Ruth Faria or ‘Dona Ruth’, as she is known, is the mother of 12 children, grandmother of dozens of grandchildren and has lost count of how many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren are there. Dweller of Búzios since she was 10, she lived at a time when the roads were made of mud and there was no electricity, piped water or means of transportation. Married to a fisherman, Dona Ruth keeps with tenderness her picture with Brigitte Bardot, who visited this coast city in the 1960’s. She will be torchbearer in Búzios.
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