Share Share: June 24, 2016 August 5, 2016 Week 8 in Brazil: Olympic Torch Relay in pictures The Olympic flame is carried by a torchbearer in Presidente Figueiredo near one of the many waterfalls in the area. While all other sports will remain close to the heart of Rio, Olympic soccer will stretch as far as the city of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest region. The Olympic flame is carried through the Amazon rainforest in Iranduba, Brazil. Thousands gather in Brazil to experience the Olympic flame and the fireworks that so often accompanies it. As leader of the movement to bring the Olympics to Rio, Carlos Arthur Nuzman (left) surely cannot wait for the torch to arrive in his home city to kick off the Games. Toramã, leader of the Dessana village, happily welcomes the relay by performing a dance around the Olympic torch with other members from his tribe. The Olympic flame is carried by a torchbearer in Presidente Figueiredo near one of the many waterfalls in the area. Honoring the natural beauty of Presidente Figueiredo, the Olympic torch is carried through the rapids of the Cachoeira de Iracema waterfall. Creator of Friends of Dolphin ecotourism, David Souza carries the Olympic torch with one of the 30 dolphins that live in that area. The 10,000 members of the Kaxinawá (which roughly translates to “bat people”) survive by hunting and gathering throughout Brazil’s vast jungles. With five Portuguese league titles to his name, Artur Oliveira is among the most successful Brazilians to ever play soccer abroad. The folk group, Flor Ribeirinha greet the Olympic flame on the tarmac dressed in their traditional costume and makeup in the upper Amazon basin capital of Porto Velho. In anticipation of the Olympic torch’s arrival, the people of Porto Velho choreographed a celebration with music and dancing highlighting the city’s diversity and beauty. The passage of the Olympic flame moves to water, as the torch made its way sailing down the Madeira River moving towards the San Sebastian riverside. Members of the Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (BOPE), the Brazilian SWAT squad, show off their special-ops skills during the Olympic Torch Relay. Adrielly Silva began taking taekwondo lessons at 12 years old to defend herself against bullies at school. Three years later, she is a youth taekwondo champion in Brazil. For many of Brazil’s children, including those from the western city of Várzea Grande, the 2016 Rio Games will remain a lasting childhood memory for a lifetime. The Olympic flame passes through the strikingly beautiful Amazon rainforest during week 8 of the Olympic Torch Relay.