Share Share: June 10, 2016 Week 6 in Brazil: Olympic Torch Relay in pictures Ademir Rogerio helped carry the Olympic flame as it visited the volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, which lies 225 miles off the coast of Brazil in the South Atlantic. Ademir Rogerio helped carry the Olympic flame as it visited the volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, which lies 225 miles off the coast of Brazil in the South Atlantic. The main island in Fernando de Noronha was once used as a penal colony. There are 21 islands and islets which make up the Fernando de Noronha archipelago. Some of Fernando de Noronha’s most revered inhabitants are dolphins. Dolphin Bay is the only known place in the world with such a large population of dolphins. Another natural wonder found in Fernando de Noronha are two species of sea turtles which use its beaches for breeding. Having served the people of Angicos for 57 years, Monsignor Pinto, 90, was humbled to have the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch. Returning to the mainland, the Olympic torch was carried through Assu, a town credited with holding the world’s oldest June Celebrations, a tradition in Brazil which honors St. John the Baptist. In Assu, children’s theater groups perform to both celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame and to honor St. John the Baptist during their traditional June Celebrations. Aline Melo carried the Olympic flame through Mossoro bringing the Olympic flame’s 35th day in Brazil to a close. Brazil’s most-enthusiastic Olympic fans have regularly turned out to catch a glimpse of the Olympic flame. The Olympic flame visited Brazil’s Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza, the site of a big win on the soccer pitch during the 2014 World Cup. Brazil beat their rival Colombia 2-1 to reach the semifinals. Two of Brazil’s most famous Olympic beach volleyball partners, Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede paired up once again to participate in the torch relay in Fortleza. Two of Brazil’s most famous female activists, Juliana Faria and Maria da Penha, continue to empower women by carrying the torch in Fortleza. Ricardo Nascimento, a member of the Weibe Tapeba tribe was elated to carry the torch, describing his experience as, “It’s my birthday and my gift was unforgettable.” Rafael Studart was invited to carry the torch after his campaign to help the people of Milha, who were severely suffering from drought, led to the donation of 16,000 liters of water. The Olympic flame is not only a symbol of the games, but serves as a powerful metaphor for the athletes and their burning passion for athletic excellence. Brazil’s Olympic silver medal-winning beach volleyball player from 2008, Márcio Araújo was honored to carry the flame as it crossed into Granja. Camocim greeted the arrival of the torch relay by proudly displaying the Olympic rings over the Ilha do Amor. The gateway is a marker for where the Atlantic Ocean connects to the Coreaú river. Two brothers, Pedro Silva and Rivelino Silva demonstrate their excitement for the Olympic Games by holding the torches high, as they walk along the Parnaiba River. Sarah Menezes made history during the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the first Brazilian Judoka to win gold. The Olympic flame visited the Parque de Sete Cidades (Seven Towns Park) in Piracuruca. The park was created in 1961 in order to protect the 200 million-year-old rock formations. According to estimates by the local police, up to 12,000 people came out to catch a glimpse of the Olympic flame as it was carried through the streets of Piripiri. Before getting started on Day 40, the Olympic flame needed to hop a flight to the remote city of Palmas. The people of Palmas, Brazil were ready to escort the Olympic flame through their city. A dancer performs as the Olympic Torch Relay passes through Palmas, Brazil. Brazil’s cyclist Janilde Silva carries the Olympic flame in her home country. Silva is set to compete in her fourth Olympic Games in Rio. As the Olympic flame nears the halfway point of its journey to Rio, the torch relay route took many interesting turns in its sixth week, including a visit to an offshore paradise.