Day 95 – Olympic Torch Bulletin Board
News of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay across Brazil. An update on the day’s events.
- The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay has ended.
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- Equestrianism athlete Rodrigo Pessoa was the last torchbearer in the streets of Rio d Janeiro. He ended the course, which had 190 participants, in front of Monumento aos Pracinhas (landmark), at Aterro do Flamengo (park). “It’s a fantastic emotion, to carry the torch here in Rio de Janeiro, I, who have met many Olympic emotions, have won a gold medal and have been flag-holder of the Brazilian delegation. I’ll be supporting all Brazilian athletes and I hope they may win many medals for Brazil”, he said.
- The event’s organizing team and the Força Nacional (army) ran side by side with the Olympic gold medallist, singing Vida de Viajante, theme song of the torch relay, and celebrating the success of the Rio 016 Olympic Torch Relay. The journey started on May 3rd in Brasília and ended with a total of 12.494 torchbearers in a course of 26 thousand kilometres travelled by land, passing by 325 cities of the 26 Brazilian states beside the Federal District.
- With 40 years of career, singer Simone is one of the great names of MPB (Brazilian popular music). Before officially entering the music world, this native of Salvador, Bahia was a professional basketball player and got to be summoned for the national team. “My childhood was marked by sports and music. I think that’s a perfect marriage. They say what’s important is to compete, but winning is also important. Anyone who enters a competition is there to win. So my life was based on these two topics”, she said. “May we hug the torch as we would a son, with our breathing, with love. May we be happy and may Brazil accomplish its dreams, winning medals or not. May we support the athletes who are here representing their countries and particularly our athletes who struggled a lot to get where they are now”.
- Jairzinho, known as the Hurricane of the 1970 World Cup, talked about his passage through Botafogo, the neighbourhood of the team he acted for. “To me, it’s a very big pride to carry the torch, particularly in the city I was born at, and in the neighbourhood of Botafogo, where I was formed. My initiation as an athlete rings back, the motivation, the joy and pleasure. I’m reliving my years as a kid”, he said.
- Claudia Silva, the first ballerina of Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Theatre, also carried the Olympic torch in this last day of the relay. “I’m very happy to be here representing the dance class. Sports are also art, so I’m very happy for having been chosen to carry the flame”, she affirmed.
- Ana Botafogo is one of Brazil’s most famous ballerinas. She compared her art to sports. “Of course dancing is a mixture of the athlete and the actor. We have all this athlete preparation. The struggling, the discipline, the routine of always aiming for more. The flame represents this continuity, this strength to win, of never being put off. And it also represents solidarity. How beautiful it is that we can welcome all these countries, these brothers. May we be reunited and united around the same ideal, the dream of peace and brotherhood. All athletes deserve all lights and blessings”, she said.
- Evandro Mesquita is the vocalist of the Blitz band and is a typical Rio de Janeiro figure. “I didn’t expect to get so nervous and moved. It’s great to be torchbearer here, where I spent my childhood and teenage years, and managed along with Blitz to change the panorama of Brazilian popular music. It was great. I loved to see my friends, family and people I know; a very nice mood”, he said.
- Raí stood out on football playing for São Paulo, achieving the world championship of clubs, in Japan. For the national team, he won the USA World Cup in 1994. “Upon starting, something takes hold. And you can realize that it may only be the magic of sports, of this Olympic history, these Olympic values. And it is uncontrollable. You’re already thrilled when you catch on with yourself”, he commented.
- The duo Jacqueline Silva and Sandra Pires earned the first female Olympic gold medal for Brazil, on beach volleyball at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. They carried the torch one after the other. “It was a huge emotion to receive the torch from Sandra. Another point we scored in life. So beautiful to be able to run at Ipanema Beach, where we started. Rio de Janeiro is beautiful, with a beautiful sun and very happy people”, said Jacqueline. “It was very special. We started in Ipanema, the day is beautiful. It was very nice to pass the flame to Jacqueline. To carry the torch accompanied by friends and family, sharing the Olympic spirit. And we know how to do this very well, because we know what it means to be part of the Olympic Games”, said Sandra.
- Former judo athlete Flávio Canto was a bronze medallist at Atlanta 1996. Today, he is a TV presenter and president-director of the Reação Institute, which he created in 2003. It’s an organization that promotes human development and social inclusion through sports and education, teaching judo from sportive initiation until high performance. Flávio passed the Olympic torch to Raquel Silva, a student at the project and athlete for the national team. She was the Institute’s first Pan-American champion. “It’s an honour for me, because Raquel was chosen by unanimity to be here. I take huge pride in having seen this girl grow up”, he said.
- Thomas Bach is a former German Olympic fencing champion and current president of the International Olympic Committee, elected in Argentina in 2013. He carried the Olympic torch in Ipanema beach. “It’s always very moving to hold the torch, to see the flame, all of it together, running along with the UN’s general secretary and two girls who represent support to social projects; that has a very special meaning. I’m sure the Olympic Games will happen in the Brazilian way”, he said.
- A former volleyball athlete, Carlos Arthur Nuzman is the president of the Rio 2016 Committee. He carried the Olympic torch in Ipanema beach, in the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games. “A feeling different from any other, to be in my city, Rio, and having the emotion of the victory at Copenhagen, and to be able to deliver the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, for the first time in Brazil and in South America, a very special day. I’m very thankful for being able to continue experiencing an athlete’s adrenaline, this made me and makes me strong to face challenges and overcome them, and getting to the end and saying “we delivered”, he said.
- Jorge Ben Jor is one of Rio’s trademarks. A musician, many of his songs are sung at the city, including by audiences during football matches in Maracanã. ‘It’s wonderful; I’m here to participate at this event in our city. You can only feel it by participating. It’s very nice to take the sacred fire that came from Greece and will arrive at Maracanã”, he said.
- Bernard Rajzman is one of the foremost names of Brazilian volleyball. He achieved a silver medal at Los Angeles 1984 and was the first Brazilian to enter the world volleyball Hall of Fame. “To be torchbearer means to be a person who has the privilege of carrying the fire, the flame of peace, of union among people, which departs from Olympia since the times of Ancient Greece. It’s also the way of announcing to your country that the Games are coming. It’s the visits card to warm up the public”, he commented.
- Dante Amaral was outside hitter for the male national volleyball team. He helped Brazil achieving gold at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the silver medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. “It’s a huge pleasure to make part of the torch’s path in a different way than I ever could have imagined. I’m feeling accomplished, happy and glad”, he said.
- Actor and comedian Fábio Porchat is one of the founders of the Youtube channel Porta dos Fundos. “I’m at the same vibration as the Games. Love sports, I love to watch most of them. I don’t practice them, but I’m a supporter and accompany the Olympic Games, the World Cup, the Pan-American Games. I managed to get tickets; I’ll watch volleyball, beach volleyball, male and female football, athletics and artistic gymnastics. I want to be able to participate as most as I can to be part of all this”, he said.
- The last day of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay started with the blessing of the Christ Redeemer and of Dom Orani Tempesta, archbishop of Rio de Janeiro’s archdiocese. Former volleyball player Isabel Salgado was the one to open the relay. One of the main names of Brazilian female volleyball, this former athlete participated at the Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. “I’m very thrilled; it’s very nice to carry the torch at Rio de Janeiro’s greatest symbol: the Christ Redeemer. He protects our city, our country, all of us. I’m really quite moved. And, on top of all that, it is beautiful. If you have doubt, come see the Christ”, she said.
- The orchestra and choir from the “Uma Só Voz” project, formed by people who live or have lived in the streets, provided the soundtrack for the moment that opened the 95th day of relay, which completed 325 cities and will end with more than 12 thousand torchbearers.
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