Olympic Update

As the host nation, Brazil chose Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca (winners of five straight FIVB World Tour gold medals) and Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas to represent the beach volleyball at picturesque Copacabana Beach come August 2016.

As for the indoor slate, the rest of the North American and South American fields will be determined by mid-January.

Ipanema Beach was also the site during a very muggy 100 plus degree Saturday as the men from Argentina and the women’s squad from Brazil won the Beach Rugby Super Challenge event.

For the third straight Summer Games, special artwork will adorn the swimming venue.  This time around, Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao will show off displays via tiles of Brazil’s colonial history, of which you can see a picture of it on the Rio 2016 website.  Look for the article under the News link dated December 16, 2015.

Finally, for those of you who use smartphones regularly–there are a series of apps for fans and others to get all of the key information about environmental tips, walking tours, and of course, the key restaurants and bars.

They include, but not limited to:

  • Green Passport
  • Rio Official Guide (or Rio Guiado)
  • JiTT (Just In Time Tourist, great to plan your own itineraries based on how much time you are in the country, very popular app to use in NYC and Paris)
  • Rio for Partiers, exactly what it says
  • Vizubox (features an owl on the app cover, but you can also find out about where the key beaches are and when they are open in addition to the bars).

A brief explanation of each app can be found on the Rio 2016 website, look for the article dated December 4, 2015.

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