2016 Summer Olympics torch relay
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|Host city||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Countries visited||Greece, Switzerland, Brazil|
|Distance||20,000 kilometres (12,000 mi)|
|Start date||21 April 2016|
|End date||5 August 2016|
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The 2016 Summer Olympics torch relay which ran from the 21st of April to the 5th of August 2016. After being lit in Olympia, Greece, the torch traveled to Athens on the 27th of April. The Brazilian leg began in the capital, Brasília, and ended in Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã Stadium, the main venue of the 2016 Olympics. After having visited more than 300 Brazilian cities, including all 26 state capitals and the Federal District. The end of the relay was the closing to the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
Route in Greece
21 April (Day 1)
22 April (Day 2)
23 April (Day 3)
24 April (Day 4)
25 April (Day 5)
26 April (Day 6)
27 April (Day 7)
28 April (Day 8)
Route in Switzerland
29 April (Day 9)
30 April (Day 10)
Route in Brazil
End of Torch Relay
At the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, Gustavo Kuerten brought the Olympic torch into the stadium, relayed off the Olympic flame to Hortência Marcari, who relayed to Vanderlei de Lima. de Lima then lit the Olympic cauldron.
Notable torch bearers include:
- Vanderlei de Lima: de Lima had been selected as the final torch bearer and the one who lit the cauldron after Pelé declined due to illness. de Lima had been attacked during his marathon run at the 2004 Olympics, when he was leading, making him a leading choice for the honor of last flame bearer.
- Hortência Marcari: Marcari is considered the greatest Brazilian female basketball player.
- Gustavo Kuerten: Kuerten is the best male tennis player in South America in history.
- Ban Ki-moon, Ban is the General Secretary of the United Nations 
- Thomas Bach, Bach is the President of the International Olympic Committee 
- Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Nuzman is the President of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Organizing Committee 
- Adriana Lima, Lima is a Brazilian supermodel.
- Eduardo Paes, Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro
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- Julie Mazziotta (5 August 2016). "Adriana Lima Cries with Pride as She Carries the Olympic Torch Through the Streets of Rio".
- O Globo (4 August 2016). "Paes denies breach of protocol to carry the torch: 'I was invited'". Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- 3D model: "Rio 2016 Olympic torch". The 2016 Olympic torch (designed by Chelles & Hayashi), by Wilfried Vougny. April 21, 2016 (in French)
- "En 5 Minutes - L'odyssey de la flamme olympique commence" "Le Journal de Montréal", by Wilfried Vougny, Apr. 21, 2016.