Share Share: July 15, 2016 August 5, 2016 One week closer to Rio: Olympic Torch Relay in pictures Recognized by many as one of the greatest indoor volleyball players of all time, Renan Dal Zotto was a critical member of Brazil’s 1984 Olympic squad that won silver in LA The city of Florianopolis sits on its own island off the southern coast of Brazil, and is comprised of 42 beautiful beaches. Brazilian sailor Bruno Fontes will compete in Rio in the laser class, but here he participates in the Olympic Torch Relay in Florianópolis. Two men of the water, sailor Bruno Fontes and rower Anderson Nocetti complete the passing of the Olympic flame in Florianópolis, Brazil. Brazilian rower Anderson Nocetti took the Olympic torch for a ride in an eight-person shell in near the island city of Florianópolis. The Olympic flame is passed in Gaspar, Brazil. As Jonas Junckes rode the torch down a flight of stairs in Gaspar, Brazil, one onlooker in particular was quite impressed. The Olympic flame visits the popular beach resort town of Balneário Camboriú in Brazil’s southern state of Santa Catarina. Dull colors are frowned upon in Brazil. The national flag of Brazil, the state of Santa Catarina, and the municipality of Itajai hang from the balcony of the Catedral de São Pedro. With architecture like you would find in the Bavarian Alps, the city of Blumenau serves as the home to Brazil’s largest Oktoberfest celebration. Blumenau boasts to have the second largest Oktoberfest festival in the world, runner up to only the original in Munich, Germany. Blumenau held their first Oktoberfest celebration in 1984 and it has grown to the sound of over 600,000 visitors a year. Atlanta Hawk’s center and Blumenau native, Tiago Splitter carries the Olympic flame in his hometown. Unfortunately he will miss the Olympic basketball tournament due to injury. Brazil’s Olympic volleyball player Ana Moser carries the flame in Blumenau. Moser helped Brazil win their first Olympic medal in women’s volleyball at the ’96 Games in Atlanta. Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer for the United States, Summer Sanders, runs with the Olympic flame in Curitiba, Brazil. The pace of the relay picks up when the torch is passed off to athlete and former member of the Brazilian national team Francisco de Paula, as he moves through the city of Santa Catarina. On Day 72 of the Olympic Torch Relay, local children demonstrate their karate skills to welcome the flame. Even as the most populated city in Paraná, Curitibas natural beauty is always shining through. Some of Brazil’s most popular Olympians of the past carry the Olympic flame through one of its final weeks traversing the southern region of the host nation.