Rio 2016

How Rio will Create the Venues for the Summer Olympics!

The Rio 2016 Olympics master plan includes the construction of the Olympic village, numerous stadiums and sports venues, a high performance light rail train, and several connecting highways. This ambitious plan calls for major infrastructure additions and improvements all over the city, clustered around the four main Olympics venues of Deodoro, Maracanã , Copacabana, and Barra da Tijuca. These venues will be linked by the train and new highways.

More than half of Rio 2016’s venues are already built. They include state-of-the-art facilities constructed for the 2007 Pan and Parapan American Games: the magnificent João Havelange Stadium (the proposed 2016 venue for Athletics), the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, the Rio Olympic Arena (which will host Gymnastics and Wheelchair Basketball), the Rio Olympic Velodrome, the National Equestrian Center and its close neighbor, the National Shooting Center.

The Olympic village in Barra da Tijuca will be part of Rio’s long term development plan. Athletes will enjoy modern living facilities and a private beach! The Barra cluster will hold 50% of the 2016 Olympic competitions and there will be plenty of entertainment for spectators.

The lush Deodoro section of Rio will host equestrian, pentathlon, shooting, fencing, and other competitions. This is also where the Extreme Sports Park will be built, as well as the BMX Mountain Biking Center and the canoe-kayak slalom.

The Maracanã area of the city will host the opening and closing ceremonies, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. These events will occur in the recently built João Havelange Stadium, the world famous Maracanã Stadium, and in Maracanãzinho Arena.

Near Copacabana, sailing competitions will take place in Marina da Gloria. Running and biking races will be held beneath Sugarloaf Mountain along beautiful Guanabara Bay, which is adjacent to the lovely Urca neighborhood. A little further down the coast, in the sands of famous Copacabana Beach, a stadium will be constructed for Beach Volleyball competitions. Triathlon and Marathon swimming will occur near Posto 6 on Copacabana Beach, near Arpoador.

Although no competitive events will occur in the upscale Ipanema Beachneighborhood, this is where many tourists and visitors will want to find lodging. Just behind the Ipanema neighborhood, rowing and canoe-kayak racing will take place in the beautiful Rodrigo Freitas salt water lagoon (The Lagoa).

Check back with us often, as we update the site with the latest information and developments for the Rio 2016 Olympics!

See below, the Rio de Janeiro Master Plan Olympic games video presentation and conceptual images of the various Olympic venues. (Courtesy of the Rio 2016 Olympics Committee).

Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2016 Olympic Village

Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2016 Olympic Village Beach!

The 2016 Olympics BMX Mountain Bike Center

Maracanã Stadium and Maracanãzinho Arena complex

Marina da Gloria – site of 2016 Olympic sailing competitions

Beach Volleyball Stadium on Copacabana Beach


A summer list…

With just a few weeks away until summer FINALLY starts in the land of the Queen I thought it would be cool to share this list with y’all.

After a long and wet winter the sun has decided to show up and make all the gringos happy, sticky and red (some of them a bit TOO red).

Coming from a warm (and beautiful) country I have to say WE LOVE summer and it is a reminder of lots of good stuff.

 Everybody has their down list; here are my favourite things about summer:

  •  lemonade
  • grilled burgers, steaks, fish, fruit…
  • summer thunderstorms
  • the long, lingering daylight hours
  • watermelon
  • napping in a hammock
  • sunglasses 
  • the smell of sunscreen
  • picnics
  • daytrips to the beach (and the reminder of it with sand everywhere)
  • swimming
  • camping
  • drippy ice cream cones
  • easy entertaining on your porch or in your backyard
  • swimming out to a floating wooden platform in a lake
  • sleep-away camp
  • outdoor concerts
  • canoeing
  • sunny days = sunnier moods
  • the sound of lawn mowers
  • open windows
  • sitting in the shade on a hot day
  • the sound of ocean waves
  • a cool breeze on a hot day
  • flip flops
  • the smoky smell of people barbecuing
  • relaxed attitudes
  • surfing
  • dogs with their heads out car windows, tongues wagging
  • bicycles built for two
  • snorkeling


Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

Out of curiosity I tried to find out what the top 10 New Year’s resolutions are and funny enough I came across a few things I would like too…

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.

2. Fit in Fitness

The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.

3. Enjoy Life More

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of people, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Consider things designed to bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Like reading a good book, spending time with God and going for walks every now and again. Or just get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theater performance, or head to the beach this summer.

4. Get Out of Debt

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of others  who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead. 

5. Learn Something New

Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs. There is no excuse to become a couch potato, get up, do something!

6. Help Others

A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. The Sports Events for example need lots of volunteers every year and some organizations make it easy by connecting volunteers with projects to fit practically any schedule.

7. Get Organized

On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.

Now these other 3 do not apply to me, but they are also part of the list:

8. Tame the Bulge

Over 66 percent of adults around the globe are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.

9. Quit Smoking

If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life! Locally, there are a variety of free support services, hotlines and smoking cessation classes to help you kick the smoking habit. 

10. Quit Drinking

While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. There are also a number of treatment-based programs, as well as support groups for families of alcoholics. 


So, this is it. No matter what your resolutions are make sure you don’t forget to…

…love God and enjoy life!!!!

FIFA World Cup tickets on sale in 2013

When it comes to the FIFA World Cup™, the issue of ticketing is always of chief importance among fans. For that reason, FIFA invited a number of Brazilian journalists to a round-table discussion on 20 October in Zurich, where they had the chance to pose questions to FIFA Marketing Director Thierry Weil and Executive Chairman of MATCH AG Jaime Byrom. rounds up the highlights.

Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director and member of FIFA Ticketing AG
On ticket sales
Ticketing is a very complex operation. There are going to be an estimated 3.3 million tickets available, although we are yet to confirm a precise number. That will only be possible once all the stadiums are ready and we know which seats cannot be made available for purchase, such as those with an obstructed view. We also need to organise the Fan Fests together with the host cities. There are going to be plenty of additional activities for fans in 2014 too.




On scheduling
The sale of FIFA World Cup tickets will begin after the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013, probably towards the end of August 2013. Tickets for the Confederations Cup will go on general sale after the draw at the end of 2012. We made this decision in order to prevent confusion between the two events among fans.

On procedure
The first sales phase will be a lottery in which fans can apply for tickets, which are then allocated via random draw. Everyone can take part and will have an equal chance of securing tickets. The majority of tickets will be sold through, the official FIFA World Cup website. Similarly to South Africa 2010, there will also be ticket outlets in Brazil for local fans who do not have access to the internet. Furthermore, we will be working with local organisations to ensure we are able to reach every fan.

On pricing
We know that Brazilians are passionate about football. We are in discussions with the government and the Local Organising Committee to ensure that every social group has an equal chance of seeing World Cup matches live. It’s our aim to make it possible for anyone to attend matches, from wealthier fans to those with lower incomes. We believe a large proportion of tickets will go to Brazilians. Fans are of utmost importance to us. If the fans in the stadiums are happy, it’ll be a fantastic World Cup.

Jaime Byrom, Executive Chairman of MATCH Hospitality
The early signs are that we’re going to be overwhelmed by the demand for tickets, which is very promising. The World Cup in Brazil is still three years away, but I can already say that the number of requests so far surpasses any previous World Cup for which we’ve been responsible for hospitality and ticketing. We will be taking a fresh approach to hospitality for Brazil 2014 and will be introducing a brand new product. Aside from team and city-specific tickets, there will also be a package which covers all the main stadiums.