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‘Extreme granny’ becomes oldest torchbearer in Olympic history

At the age of 106, Grandma Iaiá carries the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch on a big day for women in Macapá

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Grandma Iaiá was given the honour of lighting the celebration cauldron in Macapá (Photo: Rio 2016/Daniel Perpétuo)

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https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/extreme-granny-oldest-torchbearer-olympics-rio-2016-torch-relay

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‘Extreme granny’ becomes oldest torchbearer in Olympic history

At the age of 106, Grandma Iaiá carries the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch on a big day for women in Macapá

Indeed. Now, So. Korea has to find a 105-year old person now, train him/her, so that that centenarian will be at least be 107 by 2018 and therefore beat this record of Rio 2016. (Although Japan, of course, holds the title of having the record of most centenarians of any country alive, per capita. So they may supersede this 2016 record for Tokyo 2020/ )

This old lady beats Hal Haig Prieste (USA) who carried the torch in Atlanta. He was the oldest living torch-carrier as of 1996 at age 99. Prieste competed in Diving at Antwerp in 1920, and won a team bronze. In 2000, at age 103, Prieste was flown to Sydney to present an original 1920 Olympic flag that he had swiped in Antwerp but now returned to the IOC. He died in April 2001, at the age of 104. Prieste thus holds the record of being the first known Olympian whose lifespan covered three centuries (the 19th, 20th and 21st—1896 - 2001).

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Indeed. Now, So. Korea has to find a 105-year old person now, train him/her, so that that centenarian will be at least be 107 by 2018 and therefore beat this record of Rio 2016. (Although Japan, of course, holds the title of having the record of most centenarians of any country alive, per capita. So they may supersede this 2016 record for Tokyo 2020/ )

This old lady beats Hal Haig Prieste (USA) who carried the torch in Atlanta. He was the oldest living torch-carrier as of 1996 at age 99. Prieste competed in Diving at Antwerp in 1920, and won a team bronze. In 2000, at age 103, Prieste was flown to Sydney to present an original 1920 Olympic flag that he had swiped in Antwerp but now returned to the IOC. He died in April 2001, at the age of 104. Prieste thus holds the record of being the first known Olympian whose lifespan covered three centuries (the 19th, 20th and 21st—1896 - 2001).

The record beaten by Grandma Iaiá was, however, established by centenarian Diana Gould of London in 2012.

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Oops- I'd forgotten Sochi. They had "101-year-old table tennis player Aleksander Kaptarenko"!

(Re: record beaten by Grandma Iaiá )

Thanks for those updates, JMark.

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Where's the one with the Piranhas chasing the Bearer?

I think some people are not taking this business seriously. Here's how to do a proper Olympic torch ceremony:

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I think some people are not taking this business seriously. Here's how to do a proper Olympic torch ceremony:

With a Coca-Cola beverage break no less!! B) For a moment I thought they were going to burn down the entire shack.

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Is it true that a jaguar has been killed during the torch relay?

http://g1.globo.com/natureza/noticia/2016/06/o-fim-tragico-da-onca-juma-exibida-em-passagem-da-tocha-e-sacrificada-apos-fuga.html

Can anyone tell me is it real or fake?

Amazon jaguar shot dead at Olympic torch ceremony

A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said.

The jaguar was killed Monday at a zoo attached to a military training center, when a soldier fired a single pistol shot after the animal, despite being tranquilized, approached the soldier, the army said.

“We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs and our values,” the local organizing committee Rio 2016 said in a statement, adding "We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.”

A smiling yellow jaguar known as Ginga is the mascot of the Brazilian Olympic team.

The shooting caused uproar among animal rights groups, which questioned why the animal was involved in the Olympic event.

"When will people (and institutions) stop with this sick need to show power and control by confining, taming and showcasing wild animals?" the Rio de Janeiro-based animal rights group Animal Freedom Union said on its Facebook page.

The jaguar is a nearly threatened species that has already been wiped out in Uruguay and El Salvador, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The use of Juma, as the jaguar was known, at the event was illegal, according to Ipaam, the Amazonas state government environmental authority that oversees the use of wild animals.

"No request was made to authorize the participation of the jaguar "Juma" in the event of the Olympic torch," Ipaam said in a statement.

Ipaam said it is investigating the incident.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-rio-jaguar-idUSKCN0Z72P4?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

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Vergonha!!!!!!!!!!

O percurso da tocha em 2016 parece um circo!!!!!! Vergonha Brasil!!! Mais uma! Que saudades de Londres!

Shame on you Brazil!!! This year torch-relay it´s a kind of circus!!! London 2012 I really miss you!!!

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It wasn't during, but after the ceremony with the torch. There would be pics all over the web if it happened by the sight of the flame.

Vergonha!!!!!!!!!!

O percurso da tocha em 2016 parece um circo!!!!!! Vergonha Brasil!!! Mais uma! Que saudades de Londres!

Shame on you Brazil!!! This year torch-relay it´s a kind of circus!!! London 2012 I really miss you!!!

Oh really? What would you suggest, then?

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Shame on you Brazil!!! This year torch-relay it´s a kind of circus!!! London 2012 I really miss you!!!

It's really a shame what happened but the torch relay is a circus everywhere. Going to outerspace, underwater, meeting indigenous people. Brazil is not different.

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ewwwwww that's the creepiest looking dolphin i've ever seen.

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......and that was a beautiful jaguar, that's about the stupidest thing that could possibly happen. I'm sure the organizing committee though it was a great idea!! :angry:

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It's really a shame what happened but the torch relay is a circus everywhere. Going to outerspace, underwater, meeting indigenous people. Brazil is not different.

"Is a circus everywhere"....you are probably rigth, but some circus know how to make a great show without killing animals... Rio 2016 is already a circus and I hope the OC and the athletes could help me to change this idea.

And going back to the torch relay: Sometimes, less is more.

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Vergonha!!!!!!!!!!

O percurso da tocha em 2016 parece um circo!!!!!! Vergonha Brasil!!! Mais uma! Que saudades de Londres!

Shame on you Brazil!!! This year torch-relay it´s a kind of circus!!! London 2012 I really miss you!!!

Os brasileiros aqui só querem saber de festa. Não têm a menor consciência do que está havendo no país. O Brasil vive um golpe de estado já denunciado no mundo inteiro e reconhecido por nomes que vão de vencedores do Nobel da Paz a vencedores do Pulitzer Prizes e os brasileiros aqui sequer conseguem entender que se trata de resguardar a Democracia brasileira, ainda jovem e já sofrendo um novo golpe articulado por um bandido que virou réu.

Os brasileiros (poucos) que têm consciência disso, se furtam aos comentários, acham que não devem dialogar e colocar sua posição aqui, ficam escondidos.

E fica esse festival de adoradores de pão e circo e desconhecedores de política aqui tentando dizer ao forum que está tudo bem. Não está não. E não terão paz enquanto não estiver tudo bem novamente. Agora morre uma onça porque acharam que ela deveria servir de "alegoria" para gringo ver. Muito sem noção!

I agree with you.

FROM BBC NEWS

Rio 2016: Jaguar in Amazon torch relay shot dead

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36593573

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It wasn't during, but after the ceremony with the torch. There would be pics all over the web if it happened by the sight of the flame.

Oh really? What would you suggest, then?

Do you know the meaning of "sem noção", "falta de bom-senso"????? That´s my point of wiew about this incident. It was so, so naif and stupid!!!...Someone should be punished for this.

Less and less interest Rio 2016....

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Oh, the irony :ph34r: (I).....I really hope they don´t talk about respect for the wildlife during the ceremonies....

Oh, the irony :ph34r: (II).....Vinicius is a kind of jaguar, right?

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