"Rio 2016" will become a familiar phrase heard around the world over the next several years. On October 2nd, 2009, the "Marvelous City", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil won the bid to host the first ever Summer Olympics to be held in South America. Among the top 10 world economies, Brazil is the only country that has not yet hosted the Olympic Games. In the final round of voting, Rio's winning bid over Madrid was rather decisive - 66 votes to 32.
The driving force behind Rio's 2016 Olympics bid was Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva. Lula worked tirelessly and to the point of exhaustion to help Brazil win the 2016 Olympic bid. As his Presidential term ended in 2011, it's expected that Lula will become fully engaged in preparing Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics and implementation of the Olympic Venues Master Plan.
From the Rio 2016 Official Website: The historic decision left President Lula in tears. And the emotion of the president stirred those who attended the post-election conference. "I cried at the press conference because I didn’t dare to cry during the presentation. I have been through so much, met so many people and, suddenly, I was the most emotional. Human beings need challenges and Brazil needed these Olympic Games. We just needed an opportunity to show that we are a great nation. Today is one of the most exciting days of my life. I feel even more proud to be Brazilian. Rio deserves it. Brazil deserves it. The Brazilian people deserve it," said Lula.
FiveCurrents, a creative and production company located in Monterey California, was the Executive Producer for Rio 2016’s recent successful Olympic bid, responsible for producing the IOC Evaluation Commission’s visit to Rio, and all presentations, videos and creative support for the campaign. Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Dick Ebersol said of the final presentation in Copenhagen in October, “Rio’s presentation was the best I have seen in 20 years.” FiveCurrents also produced the 2010 Rio New Year's Eve celebration (Reveillon) on Copacabana Beach.
The preparation for the Summer Olympics has begun in earnest, and there are much building and infrastructure improvements to be completed. Brazil will also host the 2014 World Cup Soccer Tournament, with Rio being one of the host cities. Residents of Rio de Janeiro, as well as tourists who visit Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches over the next few years, will also reap the benefits of the infrastructure improvements. Visitors to Rio will see new hotels being built and existing hotels renovated.
The Rio 2016 Olympic games will be held August 5th to the 21st. The theme will continue to be "Live Your Passion."
Prices for attending the games are yet to be determined, but undoubtedly will be expensive. Save money by staying at a budget Rio accommodation and make new friends along the way.
But, why wait for World Cup 2014 or the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics to visit Brazil and live your passion? Explore the rest of our website pages to learn about the magic of visiting the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (The Marvelous City) today!!
Please visit our site often as we will continuously update our pages with Olympics news, videos, pictures, and other information as it becomes available.
Below, watch the International Olympic Committee's October 2nd, 2009, announcement of Rio de Janeiro's winning bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and watch the celebration on Copacabana Beach.
Also take a few minutes to watch the fantastic music-sports video, "Cidade Maravilhosa", and you will both see and feel the pulse and rhythm of this tropical city paradise.
"Cidade Maravilhosa" (The Marvelous City) Music & Sports video
Lyrics in Portuguese:
Cidade maravilhosa, Cheia de encantos mil, Cidade maravilhosa, Coração do meu Brasil, Cidade maravilhosa, Cheia de encantos mil, Cidade maravilhosa, Coração do meu Brasil!
Berço do samba e das lindas canções, Que vivem n'alma da gente, És o altar dos nossos corações, Que cantam alegremente!
Lyrics in English:
Marvelous city, Full of a thousand charms, Marvelous city, Heart of my Brazil, Marvelous city, Full of a thousand charms, Marvelous city, Heart of my Brazil!
Cradle of Samba and beautiful songs, That live in the souls of the people, You are the altar of our hearts, Our happy hearts sing and say...
... and this hip video blending music, style, beautiful, and sports into one hip Ad campaign...
Now link to our 2016
Rio Olympics Master Plan page, where we have embedded the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Committee Master Plan Video presentation. We also provide an overview of the planned infrastructure improvements, conceptual images of the Olympic Village, Olympic athlete's private beach, BMX biking venue, Maracana Stadium complex, and more.