The Olympic flame arrives in Brazil on Tuesday, 3 May, for a 95-day journey through more than 300 municipalities. The Federal District will be the starting point for the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay. A LATAM aircraft carrying the lantern lit in Athens, Greece, will land at Brasília International Airport, at 6:40 am, coming from Switzerland, where the flame visited the Olympic Museum and United Nations office. At 9 am it will reach the Planalto Palace, the official workplace of the president of Brazil, to light the first Olympic torch, kicking off the great journey.
· The torch will leave the Planalto Palace in the hands of volleyball player Fabiana Claudino, a two-time Olympic champion (2008 and 2012), towards the Metropolitan Cathedral. Along this stretch, there will be nine torchbearers.
· Inside the cathedral, volleyball player Paula Pequeno will hand the torch to former marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima.
· The Olympic torch will then be abseiled down from the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge by torchbearer Manoel Costa, a military police officer in the Federal District. He will then hand it to sailor Felipe Rondina, who will take it in a speedboat to the Army Club. From there, the torch will be taken by canoeist Rubens Pompeu in an outrigger canoe to Pontão on the South Lake.
· From the skies, on board an army helicopter, the Olympic torch will once more be abseiled down. This time, it will arrive in the centre of the pitch of Mané Garrincha Stadium, where torchbearer Haudson Alves will deliver the flame to football defender Lucio. The 2002 World Cup champion will then parade around the field.
· At the Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial and Indigenous Peoples Memorial, the torch will be carried by indigenous person Kamukaiká Yawalapíti, who will take the torch around inside the Memorials.
· The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay will end at the Esplanade of the Ministries, where a pyre will be lit by former volleyball player Leila Barros, who won bronze at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. After this there will be a celebratory event featuring performances by singers Diogo Nogueira and Daniela Mercury.
10 torchbearers of the day
The first 10 torchbearers, who will take turns between the Planalto Palace and Brasília Cathedral, represent the essence and excellence of Brazilians. Find out who they are at http://imprensario2016.pr.co/127541-conheca-os-dez-primeiros-condutores-do-revezamento-da-tocha-olimpica-rio-2016.
In addition to these people, here is a sample of 10 more torchbearers:
·Joaquim Cruz is one of Brazil’s most renowned athletes. He won gold in the 800 metres at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and silver in the same event at the Seoul 1988 Games. He also won gold at the Indianapolis 1987 and Mar del Plata 1995 Pan American Games.
·Francisco de Carvalho left Piauí for Brasília in 1967, on board a truck. He discovered a passion for literature while still a child, when he worked selling newspapers. Through determination and perseverance, he achieved his dream of having a bookshop, once of the most famous in the federal capital, which has been running for 38 years inside the University of e Brasília. Chico Livreiro (“Chico the Bookseller”), as he is known, was recommended in the public campaign held by the Rio 2016 Committee.
·Francisca Inês do Nascimento is a farmer. She left Northeast Brazil in search of opportunities in the Federal District, and after years working for grain farmers, she obtained her own piece of land through a federal government land reform programme.
· Luis Puig has won South American and Pan American championships on the Brazilian handball team. His two daughters are his only passion capable of rivalling his love for the sport. Luis learned a lesson of courage and persistence from one of his daughters, Teresa: she was born premature and given a 10% chance of survival, but she exceeded expectations and became a healthy child, full of life. It is this experience that the former athlete will represent when carrying the Olympic torch in Brasília.
· Bruna Camargo has Down Syndrome and she started to do equine therapy to improve their communication, social interaction, self-esteem and balance. Over time, she began to ride her horse on her own, and she is now participating in a pre-sports programme in a class with three other people.
· Quedson Conceição is a student at the Primary Teaching Centre 2, served by Brasília National Park’s Environmental Education Programme. He was recommended by his school’s team to be an Olympic torchbearer in the National Park because he is an outstanding student who gets on very well with classmates and teachers. He will carry the torch at the entrance to the Capybara Trail in Brasília National Park.
· Hugo Parisi has represented Brazil in diving since the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and he will now be competing for the fourth time. At the Rio 2016 Games, the athlete is looking to achieve a new feat for Brazil: to be among the 12 finalists in the competition for the 10-metre platform event. The 31-year-old was born in the North Zone of Brasília and spent his childhood in Taguatinga. One of Brazil’s biggest names in diving, he started to train at the age of seven, at the former Physical Education, Sports and Recreation Department (Defer).
· Lara Leite lives in São Lourenço, in the south of Minas Gerais. She divides her time between Literature School and her children Pedro, Enzo and Mirella. In 1992, while studying physical education at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, she was the first Brazilian woman to participate in the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Torch Relay. Twenty-four years later, Lara will relive the emotion of carrying the Olympic flame. She was invited by sponsor Coca-Cola.
· Weimar Pettengill has a multifaceted profile: a helicopter pilot, writer and athlete, he took part in a 1,700-km adventure with his friend Adauto Belli, who is visually impaired and works as a dog trainer. The pair went from Brasília to Paraty on a two-seat bike. Now, along a much shorter distance, the two of them will achieve another dream, to carry the Olympic torch along the streets of Brasília. They were recommended by sponsor Nissan.
· Nelson Leoni is a former soldier who led an army peace mission in Haiti, when he was shot in the shoulder by a rifle. His rehabilitation work was very long, but after overcoming all his difficulties, Leoni became a Paralympic athlete and he has won several competitions. He also works for UNICEF. He will be carrying the torch at the invitation of sponsor Bradesco.