Olympic Endings

Neymar's penalty kick

The Olympics are over. Now it’s time to reflect and celebrate. Brazilians were hoping for a higher total medal count as the host country, which placed Brazil among the top 14 nations. However, it was the best Olympic showing ever for Brazil. It’s worth noting that athletes from 120 countries went home with no medals at all. Certainly there More...

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Isaquais and Brendel
On August 18, 2016
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Olympic Hero

The Rio Olympics have produced many heroes from around the world. Here’s a look at one of them from Brazil. While few of us can even imagine winning an Olympic medal, almost no one has surmounted the adversity More...

On August 17, 2016
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Rio Rises to the Olympic Occasion

The Olympics are coming to a close this weekend, and I will be sorry to see them go. Every day for the past two weeks, I’ve turned on the TV to enjoy a few dozen channels of the world’s finest athletes More...

Opening 5
On August 9, 2016

Rio Welcomes the World

We did it! That’s what creative director Fernando Meirelles must be thinking with the opening ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympics behind us. The evening came off without a hitch, a minor miracle considering More...

Rio x
On August 3, 2016

Olympic-Size Contradictions

About 150 years ago, Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . . ” Today his words still ring true. He must have known the power of his words since he chose them as the More...

On June 6, 2016

Badminton Comes to Brazil

Brazilian teenager Ygor Coelho knows that Olympic medals are practically out of reach, but he smiles from ear to ear because his participation in the upcoming Rio Summer Olympic Games is already a victory. Ygor More...

Fabiana Claudino in Brasília
On May 18, 2016

Olympic Torch Arrives in Brazil

While preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics have been ongoing for years, for many the official start of “Olympic fever” begins with the Olympic Torch. The Torch travels every four years from Greece, the site More...

On December 24, 2015

Christmas Bacalhau is Ready

By Birgitte Tiller Who has seen the head of the bacalhau? No one, the saying goes. Most Brazilians know that the best bacalhau comes from Norway. However, Norwegian fish suppliers have seen a slump in sales in More...

On November 28, 2015

FIFA Ethics Committee

When they checked into their rooms at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in São Paulo, just before Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, global football officials were greeted with leather gift bags from the CBF, Brazil’s football More...

On November 4, 2015

Cellphones are Hurting Us

There are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down once in a while. For example, it’s rude to bring phones to the table while eating with your family. Also, let’s not forget the value of being present More...