Olympic flame arrives in Brasilia amid pomp and excitement
The national flag waves strongly in the breeze as if to welcome the Olympic torch into Brasilia on May 3.
An air show overheard sends a frisson of excitement through the crowds awaiting the torch in the capital.
(On-Site Sound: Audience Screaming, 3 Seconds)
President Dilma Rousseff carefully studied the lighting process conducted by Olympic dignitaries within the cauldron at the Planalto Palace.
(On-Site Sound: Rousseff Raising Torch, 5 Seconds)
Volleyball star Fabiana Caludino was lucky to become the first bearer in the national relay.
(On-Site Sound: Drum Beating, 3 Seconds)
(Soundbite) CARLOS NUZMAN- President, Rio 2016 Organizing Committee
“I will repeat the words that I spoke in Copenhagen. It’s a phrase that accompanies me in all my presentations: Rio is ready to enter history.”
The arrival of the flame in Brasilia from an ancient Greek temple via Switzerland will start a three-month countdown to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the first to be held in South America.
(Soundbite) DILMA ROUSSEFF, Brazilian President
“The Olympic torch will be received with great joy in all the cities of our immense Brazil, in all the cities where it goes. We will make it clear that the Olympics take place in every corner of this country. The fire will brighten the vision of a hospitable and responsible country.”
The torch will be carried around Brazil by a relay of 12,000 people before reaching the legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio for the start of the Games on August 5.