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Rio 2016 officially opens on Friday with the traditional Olympic Games opening ceremony which begins at 8pm (local time) and will be seen by three billion people around the world. More than 35,000 professionals will be involved on the night with the show featuring 12 samba schools and over 5,500 costumes.

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UN ESPECTÁCULO DE LUZ, SONIDO Y COLOR

Famosas por emocionar a un enorme público, unen la tradición del deporte con lo mejor de las manifestaciones culturales de la ciudad sede y del país que recibe las competencias. Para la ceremonia de apertura de los Juegos Olímpicos (5 de agosto), el programa prevé un espectáculo que va a destacar la diversidad natural de Brasil y la naturaleza acogedora y festiva de los brasileños. Música y baile van a ser la parte predominante. Se presupuesta que el programa, que incluye desfile de las delegaciones y encendido de la llama Olímpica, dure aproximadamente tres horas.

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The creative team behind the celebration have promised “to deliver a message for planet earth” that will kick off the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

To emphasise the message each athlete will be given a seedling to plant in what will become “the athletes’ legacy for Rio de Janeiro,” said Meirelles.

“They will leave a tree in Brazil. Hopefully in two years’ time we will have a wonderful Olympic forest. We will celebrate humanity and we wil celebrate Rio,” said Marco Balich, the show’s lead producer.

‘The last natural garden in the world’

Three main themes drive the opening ceremony and its powerful message of peace and the environmental: the garden, diversity and joy.

“We are the last natural garden of the world,” said Abel Gomes, who was responsible for set design. “We will give a message to the future of the world. The garden is a very important pillar that we will be embracing during the ceremony. It is our passion, it is our drive.”

l5o_yG2RLas ceremonias están entre los momentos más esperados. Ellas le dan el colorido al evento, cuando abren camino para celebrar la agenda deportiva. En el momento de la despedida de los atletas, refuerzan el agradecimiento de la ciudad sede con una fiesta.

Olympic Medal Count

2,102 is the number of gold, silver and bronze medals that will be awarded to the athletes competing in the Olympic Games.

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Rio 2016 Medals

The design for the medals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games highlights the relationship between the power of Olympic heroes and the power of natural forces. The medals use the form of the laurel leaf, an ancient symbol of victory, to connect the champions of the Olympic Games to the forces of the natural world. The designers have worked with organic, flowing lines to create the image on the reverse face. The varied textures of the medal’s relief are inspired by the energy and passion of Brazil.

In keeping with Olympic tradition, the front or obverse face of the medals bears the image of the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, and two symbols of ancient and modern Greece, the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens and the Acropolis.

The Brazilian Mint has incorporated the principles of sustainable design into the production of the medals. The gold of the gold medal has been produced completely without the use of mercury. In the silver and bronze medals, 30 per cent of the material used is recycled.

In the ribbons for the medals, 50 per cent of the PET plastic comes from recycled sources. The medal cases, which are designed in the form of a stone, have been crafted only with freijo hardwood that has been certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®). This guarantees that the wood used comes entirely from forests that are managed according to the highest standards of sustainability.

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How it all began…

The story behind the medals goes all the way back to the Ancient Olympics, when only the winner of an event would receive a crown of laurel leaves as his prize. Legend has it that the leaves were taken from a sacred grove, near the temple of Zeus, in Olympia.

At the first Olympics of the modern era, the Athens 1896 Games, winners were awarded a silver medal and a diploma in addition to the crown. The St. Louis 1904 Games were the first in which gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to athletes in the top three positions.

The St. Louis 1904 Olympics also saw the medals being fitted with a colourful ribbon to be pinned on the athletes’ chests. It was only in the Rome 1960 Games that they were changed to be hung around the winners’ necks.

The volunteer spirit the Rio 2016 opportunity / Los Voluntarios

Los voluntarios son una parte muy importante en las Olimpiadas porque con la gran cantidad de atletas y visitantes, los voluntarios son la cara y representación del país que acoge las olimpiadas, además ellos, guían, cuidan, e informan al visitante.

Para mi es una labor maravillosa de la cual me siento muy feliz de haber participado en las Olimpiadas de Barcelona y las de Londres.

Las Olimpiadas son un evento fascinante  y muy emocionante, ya que las olimpiadas con lleva años de preparación, ya sea para los atletas como para el país que lo organiza, y los voluntarios forman una gran plataforma de equilibrio entre los juegos olímpicos y sus visitantes.

Durante estas próximas dos semanas veremos mucho nerviosismo, tensión y estrés pero también veremos la magia donde muchos pueblos, ideas, creencias y tradiciones se unen bajo una sola bandera para crear una sola nación de campeones sorprendentes y unos ideales que se han preservado a través  del paso de los años  llenos de tradiciones.

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Me as volunteer in the last London 2012 Olympic games. Yo como voluntaria en las olimpiadas

Los invito a disfrutar de las próximas olimpiadas de Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Wrote C.Donoso by Positive Diva.

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