August 6th, 2016

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Grand Opening in Rio

The last night Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio was fantastic.

We watched it on the NBC TV and here are just a few snapshots from the ceremony live at the Maracana.

Just a few highlights of the night I remembered the most:

  • Team USA appearance at the ceremony was perfecto. Really loved that the flag bearer Michael Phelps was a part of a front line of athletes. It was powerful, emotional and team spitited! Way to go! Go Team USA!

  • Team Russia was a good show under the circumstances of the doping scandals and that even participation of the team in the Olympics was under a big question.

  • As usual loved the historical overview of Brazil with all the computer graphics and people choreographed scenes on the stadium.

  • The Alberto Santos Dumont plane flight was touching and impressive. Not to stir the controversy on who was the first –  Santos Dumont or the Wright Brothers.

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After 6 hours of racing through picturesque coastal Rio, Greg Van Avermaet from Belgium won the gold in road race cycling at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

The final 2 kilometers were super dramatic when Van Avermaet and Jakob Fugsland from Denmark caught up with Rafal Majka, Poland.Polish cyclist was in the lead group for a long time. In the end he lost 25-seconds advantage and was left with the bronze medal.

The dramatic finish was highly enjoyable to watch.

It was a little overshadowed by the thoughts in the back of my mind about the history of doping scandals in this discipline. After all, it was this sport where ill-famed Lance Armstrong was a king of the road for years and then miserably failed and was announced as another cheat.  Joy of celebration is often fades out with a discovery that champions were stripped of their medals and honors.