The Rio Olympics
We started our Rio 2016 Olympic Games experience at the finals of equestrian eventing at the Deodoro Stadium. We learned about the event as none of us knew much about this competition. The family of a Zimbabwean equestrian athlete explained the events and standings to us and made it very enjoyable. We watched the team and individual medals being presented, so it was very exciting! We then returned to the hotel for dinner and back to the Maracanazinho Stadium for two men's volleyball games, watching Egypt v Cuba and Brazil v Canada. Brazilian fans are so exciting and passionate! We had a blast!
We got up early on Wednesday for a full day tour of Rio. We rode the cable cars to Sugarloaf Mountain, toured the Selaron Steps, Santa Theresa, Downtown, Colombo Cafe, several beautiful churches, lunch at a typical Brazilian restaurant, Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado, the Tijuca Forest and the San Martin favela where Michael Jackson filmed his famous video for the song "They Don't Really Care About Us." The guide dropped us at public transportation for a 1-1/2 hour ride to the Olympic Village, where we watched Team USA play Australia in men's basketball. We then rode all the way back to our hotel via public transportation, some of which had only been completed just a day or two before the Games started.
We gave ourselves a little rest on Thursday morning, starting out for Ipanema and Copacabana in the late morning. We walked around and explored the neighborhoods and had an early dinner at an Italian cafe along Copacabana beach. We then went to our last event, watching Italy v Mexico and Team USA v Brazil in men's volleyball. One of the most exciting competitions we have ever experienced due to the raucous Brazilian fans!! We loved every minute!! Go Team USA!!