Share Share: August 5, 2016 Olympic flame arrives in Rio Just hours before the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic flame visits Christ the Redeemer in Rio, joined by Mayor Paes, Archbishop Orani and Brazil's winter Olympian, snowboarder Isabel. Rower James Braga kept his balance and the Olympic flame ablaze in an eight person shell in Campos dos Goytacazes Less than 100 miles from Rio the Olympic flame drew the people to the streets of Sao Pedro da Aldeia No matter how the Olympic flame travels you’ll always see one of its ‘Gaurdians’ nearby. In Saquarema, one Olympic cosplayer dipped himself in gold to replicate Myron of Eleutherae’s famed sculpture Discobolus (Discus Thrower). Locals hold up a giant Brazilian flag on the beaches of Cabo Frio as the Olympic flame traces the coast on its way to Rio. With only 20 miles to go to Rio the confetti flew for the Olympic flame in Duque de Caxias. Foregoing Rio’s legendary traffic, the Olympic flame takes to the water in style with Brazil’s Naval Academy acting as custodian. Olympic sailing brothers Torben and Lars Grael sit back with the Olympic flame and let the Naval Academy recruits do the work. Torben (L) has won five Olympic medals (2 golds, 1 silver, 2 bronze) while his brother Lars (R) has two bronze. Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes was there to accept the Olympic flame as it was brought to the shore of the host city. Mayor Paes quickly changed into his official torch bearer gear and lit a torch to start the relay in Rio. Actress Sheron Menezes is overcome with emotion as she carries the Olympic torch in Rio. One of Rio’s most-beloved surfing icons, Rico de Souza rides a wave with the flame on the beaches of Rio at Praia da Macumba. The Olympic flame visits the Athletes Village in Rio, passed from rower Luigi Teilemb to sailor Ceci Wollman. Just hours before the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic flame visits Christ the Redeemer in Rio, joined by Mayor Paes, Archbishop Orani and Brazil’s winter Olympian, snowboarder Isabel. The Olympic flame has nearly reached the finish line of its long and winding road to Rio.