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Rio 2016 – Brazil hosts Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are from August 5 to 21, 2016. The Paralympics follow on September 7 to 18, 2016.

The world's most famous football stadium, Maracana stadium, Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Rio 2016 opening ceremony will be at the Maracanã Stadium on August 5, 2016.

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Flame Relay Starts in Greece

A few months before the games, the Olympic Flame Relay will start in Olympia, Greece, where the inspiration for todays' Olympic games originated.

Countdown to Rio 2016

When is the Opening Ceremony?

The Rio 2016 opening ceremony will be at the world famous football (soccer) Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016.

Olympics during Leap Years

Athletes will compete in sports like swimming, athletics, gymnastics, various martial arts, ball sports, weightlifting, and wrestling at the games.

When is the Closing Ceremony?

The Olympics will conclude with a closing ceremony on August 21, 2016.

Motto: Live Your Passion

Rio 2016's motto is “Live your passion”, in Portuguese: “Viva sua paixão”. Some public holidays in Brazil take place during the games and some cities may schedule local public holidays during the Olympics

Every Four Years Before

The Olympic Games are a global multi-sporting event subdivided into summer and winter games. Previously, the summer and winter games were in the same year, with a four-year gap between the games.

Every Two Years Now

In 1992 the schedule changed, and these days the winter and summer games alternate by two years. The last Summer Olympic Games were in London 2012 and the last winter games were in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

2018 Winter Games

The next winter games will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9 to 25, 2018.

Modern Olympic History

On June 23, 1894, Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France. In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens.

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