This year is an Olympic year and all the best athletes from around the world will descend on the carnival capital of the world, Rio de Janeiro. This year it marks the 31st Olympic Games and it travels to an incredibly vibrant and diverse culture. With the iconic Copacabana beach and one of the 7 wonders of the world, Christ the Redeemer, overlooking the city Rio de Janeiro has a lot to live up to after a heavily praised London Olympic Games in 2012.
The heat is on in Rio.
Remember that every podium winner receive a lovely bouquet before as they receive their medal. In many photographs the flowers will be raised above the competitor’s heads in celebrations and I predict that the flowers at the Olympics this year will follow the same trend.
The flowers themselves are all hand prepared by a selected florists in the country. And it will be a committee if they didn’t have to go to a vote. Yes even a florist has to be voted in! The country’s finest all compete for the honour of having the bouquet handed to the winners for nothing more the prestige. Jane Packer from central London had the privilege in London to design the bouquet for the 2012 games. Her full story can be found here.
The city in South America’s largest country has already staged some of the largest sporting competitions in the past, with the most recent being the FIFA World Cup in 2014 where the host nation were dumped out of the cup by a dominant Germany side who went on to win beating Brazil’s neighbours Argentina in the final.
Olympic Games Pressure
This year’s games marks a new generation of sporting events to the Olympic Games. With a total of 28 sports being played from BMX to Golf this year’s games is sure to be a hit. Rio has had been hard at work building a lot of venues and in most cases developing some run down areas in order to accommodate the sudden influx of tourists, athletes and the world press and media. With the world eyes staring at Rio the pressure is on!
The opening ceremony is on 5th August but the games started 2 days before with the football competition starting slightly sooner, nonetheless the games is going to be colourful, vibrant and we hope medal winning.
Some interesting facts about the games include;
- There has been a 6 million tickets sold costing on average US$ 36 which is about £30 and with 2 million of those tickets would costing under US$20.
- Thanks to the recent global events 26% were already up to Olympic standard.
- 43 seconds is the average waiting time for an elevator in the Olympic village.
With more than 10,000 athletes competing across the 17 day event.
With every global event the fear of not having the location ready in time is a real concern. One thing we can guarantee is that we are in for a truly colourful games and if the past years are anything to go by then we should be prepared for another recording breaking Olympic Games.
Once Rio’s games have been completed it is on to Tokyo in 2020.