Rio mechanic builds mock Olympic Games for local kids

A Rio mechanic brought the excitement of the Olympics to his working-class neighborhood by creating a scaled-down version of the upcoming 2016 games for local children.

Mechanic Jarbas Carlini, 46, said it all began when he saw the Olympic torch and found a piece of plastic tubing.

From there, the ideas came quickly as he involved the neighborhood kids.

Before he knew it, Carlini was building a podium, a “track” and making Olympic medals.

It all came together on Friday, when the children lit the torch, paraded through Carlini’s garage for an opening ceremony, competed and finally received medals and wreaths on the victors’ podium.

The kids said they had a great time imitating some of their favorite Olympic athletes.

The official Olympic Games start next month on August 5.