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Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio, via Linkedin:

With the arrival of the Olympic Games, Rio becomes the center of attention and the sporting capital of the planet. There are 5 billion people watching what is going on in the city. The preparation began even before the choice was made to host the world's largest event, seven years ago, and this process has been an arduous “marathon” that demanded Olympic-level organization and dedication. We overcame many obstacles. Hosting major events has become a vocation of the city, and despite the typical anxiety there is before the competitions begin, we have accomplished the goal — Rio is ready to host the Olympics.


The Summer Olympics are a passion of mine.  I count myself as one of the few Americans who actually saw the 1980 Moscow Games (we were stationed in Gitmo in 1980, and Cuban TV carried it), and to be on Team USA as a swimmer was a dream never realized.  I haven't missed an Olympics since I knew what they were.

Rio is the first Olympics in my lifetime that has the potential to be an absolute disaster.  I want desperately to be wrong, but I'm genuinely concerned. 

Kris Roley

Virginia Beach, VA, 23453