How Cool Is This–2016 Summer Olympic Mascots Named After Brazil’s Two Most Famous Singers

I am sure you all read online and in your favorite mobile devices or television stations that the vote was definitely in favor of having Viniscius the lion named as the official 2016 Summer Olympics mascot.  And the blue cat named Tom is named after Rio’s airport for famed artist/composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.  You will see Tom more during that year’s Paralympic Games commencing in September 2016.

How cool is this!

On Rio’s Olympic page, you can actually hear someone speaking about how their evolution as mascots came to be since their historic 2009 upset vote that knocked out Chicago in the very first round.  The page is mainly geared towards children, but they have already started to appear throughout major tourism spots in and around Rio as we are around 19 months before the Opening Ceremony.

And looking at their cuddly faces in representing every corner of Brazil, these mascots will hopefully be remembered in their own unique way–unlike the flamboyant Sam the American Eagle way back in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics or even that weird, blue blob creature simply called Whatzit! during the Centennial Games of 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Speaking of the Opening Ceremony, any ideas what songs you would like to see while we watch the NBC coverage?  It is not too early to start dreaming.

I predict that “Mas Que Nada” and “The Girl From Ipanema” will probably play during the first hour.  For the rest of that four hour plus primetime extravaganza, who knows–maybe some of my loyal fans may be performing, or future MPB’s that I have yet to interview could be in the world spotlight.  But just like Fabiana Passoni, Monica da Silva, and Patricia Talem, they started out small and look how far they’ve come on the MPB scene.

I am sure when more news surrounding the 2016 Olympics come about affecting the venues, key modes of transportation in and around the city, along with their sudden rush to add multiple hotels to house the tourists that will be flooding the city for those two weeks–I will try my best to chime in with periodic updates when the time is right to do so.

But for the time being, it will be interesting to see how Rio might do a similar act to what they did in the final weeks leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  And we all know how all of that planning turned out in the end.


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