You might remember our blog a few months ago about the Olympic Torch as it made its way around Brazil. Well, now it has concluded its epic journey, having been carried by 12,000 runners and through 300 towns!
On Friday, Rio de Janeiro officially began the 2016 Olympic Games, kicking off with an elaborate opening ceremony. The event was eagerly anticipated, especially from us here in the UK – the previous Olympic hosts. Director, Fernando Meirelles, promised a spectacle that would tell a story and with a budget 10% of the size of London had, he focused on being as creative as possible.
The ceremony didn’t disappoint, it intertwined Brazil’s history and diversity with a carnival atmosphere whilst sending out a powerful message about climate change – something that everyone watching can relate to and hopefully it encouraged people to think what small changes they can make to do their bit. (We have some great energy saving tips here)
Team GB was led out by tennis star and reigning Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray who proudly waved the Union Jack.
With the Games now in full swing, there are events constantly taking place and so far Britain has scooped some great wins:
Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow took the bronze for Men’s Syncronised 10m Platform Dive.
Ed Lings also got bronze for trap shooting
Adam Peaty scooped the Gold for 100m breaststroke
Jazmin Carlin took silver in the 400m freestyle swimming
There’s still over a week to go and the UK are sitting in 10th place so it’s all to play for! We’ll be hoping to tune in for as many events as we can to back all our athletes.
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