Share Share: May 20, 2016 August 5, 2016 Week 3 in Brazil: Olympic Torch Relay in pictures The Pataxos tribe took part in the Olympic Torch Relay in Brazil. Bruno Bringel carries the Olympic flame in the gardens of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in São João del Rei, in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais. In São João del Rei, Bruno Pond takes the Olympic flame for a ride on the Maria Fumaça or Smokey Mary, the iconic steam locomotive made famous in float form during Rio de Janiero’s Carnival. Wélissa Gonzaga, aka Sassá to her fans, won Olympic gold with the Brazil volleyball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Here she is carrying the Olympic flame in Barbacena. Appearing in three Olympic Games and winning bronze in her final appearance in 1996, Márcia Fu is another Brazil volleyball legend. Here she is carrying the torch in Juiz de Fora. Two-time Olympic medalist, Brazilian volleyball player André Nascimento, lights the pyre in Juiz de Fora. Brazil’s Ronaldo da Costa famously shattered the 10-year-old world record for the marathon by 45 seconds in 1998 in Berlin, in what was only his second marathon ever. Here he is carrying the Olympic flame in Bicas, Brazil. This torchbearer was overcome with emotion in Muriaé, Brazil. Brazil’s Poliana Botelho is an MMA flyweight champ from Rio de Janiero who recently signed with the UFC. Botelho drew quite the crowd in Muriaé during the Olympic Torch Relay. Phys Ed teacher Márcio da Silva was selected to carry the Olympic torch for his creation of a program called Olimpiadas Internas, which promotes Olympic values through sport at the schools where he works. Carrying the Olympic flame in his home of Guarapari, Brazil, Derek Souza is a professional surfer who started surfing when he was two despite his lack of vision, which he lost to congenital glaucoma when only a child. Guarapari brought out the band to welcome the Olympic flame. John Joseph Bracony, 97, competed in sailing at the 1948 Olympics in London for Brazil. At his home in Vila Velha he said of the flame, “I did not expect to see her again.” The Olympic torch takes a ride with the bombeiros (firefighters) under the Terceira Ponte on its way to Vitória. The Olympic torch kept to the water as it was carried by Ludmila Gomes on a stand up paddle board ride in Vitória. One half of Brazil’s famed beach volleyball team Alison/Bruno, Alison Ceruti, carries the Olympic flame in Vitória, the archipelago capital of Brazil’s state Espírito Santo. Recycling plant worker Felipe Maria do Carmo got loud cheers from the crowd as she proudly ran the Olympic flame to the Chico Prego statue, which honors the fight for freedom made by African-Brazilian slaves in 1849. Jenilson Rodrigues, the Brazilian national soccer team goalkeeper, nicknamed Mão (The Hand) carried the Olympic flame through Serra, Brazil. Rodrigues commented how he felt after carrying the Olympic flame saying, “Being in goal is easier than running with the torch. Representing my town and my country is a heavy responsibility.” A torchbearer gets the crowd going in the streets of Serra. Sister Lay Ribeiro carried the Olympic torch in Teixeira de Freitas while the crowd chanted “Viva Sao Francisco,” the name of the patron saint who cared for the poor and sick. One of Brazil’s many tribes of indigenous people, the Pataxós, gathered and prayed to bring protection to the Olympic flame as it passed through Itamaraju, Brazil. Chief Adilson Patiguri of the Pataxós people said, “This flame has come to unite all peoples.” Breno Negreiros, founder of a local skateboarding association, carries the Olympic flame in the streets of Porto Seguro while riding his board. Raoni Vieira of the Pataxós tribe carried the Olympic flame in traditional dress in Porto Seguro. The crowds continued to grow in Brazil for the Olympic Torch Relay, as it continued its winding tour of the host nation.