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I meant that renderings generally add a bit of extra flare to make it look more attractive than if it were to be built in real life, so either the renderings were super realistic, or the actual thing looks like it's going to live up to its artistic expectations.

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The place called 'Park for Athletes' during the Rock in Rio 2015 (Brazil's Edition) -, known as the biggest music festival in the world with 85,000 people per day (are 7 days):

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Rock in Rio 2015 - Palco Mundo - Metallica - Foto: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur by Secretaria de Turismo da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, no Flickr

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Rock in Rio 2015 - Eletrônica - Foto: Gabriel Santos | Riotur by Secretaria de Turismo da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, no Flickr

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Palco Mundo - Rock in Rio 2015 - Foto: Gabriel Santos | Riotur by Secretaria de Turismo da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, no Flickr

PS: The other host cities of the festival are Madrid, Lisbon and Las Vegas.

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Rio de Janeiro has welcomed the Clipper Race fleet with open arms after a spectacular arrival set against the breath-taking Rio waterfront and the world-famous landmark of Sugarloaf Mountain. The yachts have moored under the gaze of Christ the Redeemer at Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay.

Preparations for the sailing events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are in full swing and Marina da Gloria looks set to be the perfect location for the world’s most elite yachtsmen and women.

“The plans for Marina da Gloria to host the Rio 2016 Olympic sailing events look excellent and from my experience of the extensive support we’ve received from Rio de Janeiro city government and the team at the marina, it’s clear that there’s a real determination and ability to create a world class facility and experience here.

“The Clipper Race visits leading port facilities on six continents in the course of our global race, so we have a lot of experience of the world’s leading marinas. It would be great to be able to return in 2017 and see how Marina da Gloria and Rio have been transformed by the Olympic Games,” added Sir Robin.

Teams have been taking advantage of tourist information in the race village here and have gone off to explore the landmarks, extensive beaches, culture and night-life

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Clipper Round The World Race - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - Foto: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur by Secretaria de Turismo da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, no Flickr

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Clipper Round The World Race - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - Foto: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur by Secretaria de Turismo da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, no Flickr

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Clipper Round The World Race - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - Foto: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur by Secretaria de Turismo da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, no Flickr

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Clipper Round The World Race - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - Foto: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur by Secretaria de Turismo da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, no Flickr

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Tennis Stadium got colors in the floor

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"Rio 2016 have scrapped plans for a 4,000-seater floating grandstand at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas rowing and canoe sprint venue ahead of this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games, organisers have confirmed. Seating has also been reduced by a undisclosed amount at the beach volleyball venue on Copacabana Bay. Abandoning the floating grandstand will save BRL R$2 billion (£351 million/$500 million/(€459 million) from the budget, it is hoped." (from Insidethegames)

$500 million for a 4,000 seat venue?

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"Rio 2016 have scrapped plans for a 4,000-seater floating grandstand at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas rowing and canoe sprint venue ahead of this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games, organisers have confirmed. Seating has also been reduced by a undisclosed amount at the beach volleyball venue on Copacabana Bay. Abandoning the floating grandstand will save BRL R$2 billion (£351 million/$500 million/(€459 million) from the budget, it is hoped." (from Insidethegames)

$500 million for a 4,000 seat venue?

The BBC tell it a bit differently, and perhaps more plausibly:

Rio 2016 organisers have scrapped plans for a 4,000-seater stand at the rowing and canoeing venue as part of a $500m (£353m) cost-cutting measure.

Brazil is in a deep recession that is affecting all aspects of the Olympics, which begin on 5 August.

Only about half of the 4.5 million Olympic tickets aimed at the domestic audience have been sold.

The numbers are much worse for the Paralympics, with only 300,000 out of three million domestic tickets sold.

"We are a bit worried with the Paralympics,'' said organising committee spokesman Mario Andrada. "We have to educate, publicise."

He added: "We have cut some services and made some important corrections.

"We have a balanced budget, with some creative solutions. Many of the future Games will be inspired by what we do today."

Organisers are scaling back in a number of areas to balance the operating budget of £1.3bn, with the proposed grandstand at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in central Rio de Janeiro one of the casualties.

The number of unpaid volunteers has also been cut from 70,000 to 50,000.

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Thanks for the pics- there seems to be a lot of paving and not much greenery (just tiny islands) ... those spaces will need shade, especially in summer (I know the Olympics are in mid winter, but Rio is hot then too).

It's true.

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Images of the 'Sambódromo' (the Temple of Samba), yesterday. The venue will host the Archery and Marathon (Final) competitions of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

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Carnaval 2016 - Portela - Foto: Fernando Maia | Riotur by Visit.Rio, no Flickr

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Carnaval 2016 - Salgueiro - Foto: Marco Antonio Cavalcanti | Riotur by Visit.Rio, no Flickr

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Carnaval 2016 - Portela - Foto: Marco Antonio Cavalcanti | Riotur by Visit.Rio, no Flickr

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They might just lose their transportation dream.

The Rio newspaper O Globo reported Paes warned the International Olympic Committee there was an 'elevated risk' that a subway line extension will not be ready for the games.

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I think the not having not having the subway extension between Barra and Copacabana is an even bigger problem than all the talk about Zika. From my understanding, travel times between the two areas by road can range from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic conditions. I would assume that in this case Rio would perhaps open an additional lane for Olympic traffic only.

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They might just lose their transportation dream.

The Rio newspaper O Globo reported Paes warned the International Olympic Committee there was an 'elevated risk' that a subway line extension will not be ready for the games.

A risk, but not a certainty:

http://agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br/geral/noticia/2016-02/testes-para-linha-4-do-metro-do-rio-comecam-em-marco

Os testes com trens na linha 4 do metrô do Rio de Janeiro, ligando Ipanema, na zona sul, à Barra da Tijuca, começarão a ser feitos a partir de março. Segundo o secretário de Transportes do Rio, Carlos Roberto Osório, os testes operacionais da parte elétrica e de sinalização foram iniciados em janeiro, mas os primeiros com os trens serão no início do mês que vem, entre as estações General Osório e Nossa Senhora da Paz, em Ipanema.

No mês seguinte, será a vez do trecho entre o Jardim Oceânico, na Barra, na zona oeste, e São Conrado, na zona sul. “A partir de maio, toda a linha estará em testes para a inauguração em julho. Cronograma mantido”, adiantou à Agência Brasil.
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New images of the subway between Ipanema (one of the most iconic districts of Rio with Copacabana, and famous for the 'Girl from Ipanema' song) and Barra da Tijuca (the heart of the Games and the most modern region in Rio)


Final works


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Estação Antero de Quental by Metrô Linha 4, no Flickr



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Acesso de passageiros pela Estrada da Gávea by Metrô Linha 4, no Flickr


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Ponte Estaiada by Metrô Linha 4, no Flickr


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The light rail will run in the middle of the park??? That seems rather dangerous!

Looks like a streetcar

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