US press highlights success of the Olympic Games in Brazil

After the closing ceremony newspapers, radios, TV channels and US sites highlighted the organization of the games.
22/08/2016 08h15 - Updated 22/08/2016 14h24
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The American press surrendered to the success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. After the closing ceremony yesterday (21) at night, newspapers, radios, TV channels and US sites highlighted the organization of the games, the warmth and friendship of the Brazilian people, the results achieved and records, in a demonstration that the country's media changed their perception of the event. Before games, the news was dominated by pessimistic forecasts, indicating that competition could turn into a big fiasco.

The CBS television network published on its website 58 rotating slides highlighting the singer Roberta Sá evoking Carmen Miranda, extras forming the image of Christ the Redeemer, the fireworks and even curiosities like, for example, British athletes wearing sneakers that emitted glare during the closing ceremony.

In an article signed by the corresponding Silvio Romero and Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times pointed out that, despite widespread fears that the city was unprepared, or that crime and disorganization could turn the Olympics into a national embarrassment, many Brazilians came to see the games as “a triumph and a necessary distraction” to escape the economic problems and political turmoil. The same article states that, in the days after the opening ceremony, criticism that the games meant the inappropriate use of public money, at a time of financial crisis the country, They were relegated to the background because of a common feeling that Brazil managed to overcome the logistical challenges, providing the world's biggest sporting event the presence of half a million visitors, who came to Rio to watch the first Olympic Games in South America.

In another matter, The New York Times mentions criticism of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, as overspending to the city budget size. However, the newspaper says that games have profoundly changed the landscape of Rio, giving an opportunity to the emergence of a revitalized port, a new subway line and a wave of municipal projects that were long standing in the table of administrators.

The Los Angeles Times put high on its website, in large letters, the following title: “The Rio Games proved to be a challenge, but, no end, things were not so bad”. The newspaper reminds that the behavior of the crowd, in some cases, applauded the greatest athletes in the world, but sometimes hooted, or what “shows the lush characteristic of crowd behavior in Brazil”. The same article notes that, during games, there were reports of street crime, logistics gaffes and failures at the headquarters of the competitions, facts that suggest that Brazil was not quite ready for the event. However, journalist David Tharton, author of the article, relativize these problems, claiming they are adversities that are in the context of a major event, conducted in South America for the first time. Or that it, according to the author, is that the samba dancers and other participants who staged the closing party, through the rain, and fireworks, that lit up the gloomy sky, They showed that Rio was determined to be “the city hosting”.

The Washington Post said, with an enlarged photo of the closing ceremony, the Rio Games 2016 exhibited brilliant results achieved by athletes and also a multitude of setbacks, but, at end, the host city showed that it is marching in a “a path to a happy life”. According to the newspaper, athletes paraded wrapped in plastic ponchos, because of the rain, distributed smiles, showing that the closing ceremony was a fitting end to an Olympics before, because of difficulties, “It seemed to be a steep climb”.

A Time magazine notes that, in an event that brings together over 11 thousand athletes 206 countries, as the Rio Games 2016, It is normal to expect great things. A magazine says, however, the Rio Games 2016 presented sports records, unbelievable premieres and amazing moments, even for an event of this dimension. With regard to Brazil, Magazine cited as relevant, among other achievements, medals soccer and beach volleyball. however, out victory to victory Rafaela Silva, judo, a fact that has forced the country to realize the existence of citizens “sometimes forgotten”.

Rafaela Silva is, Magazine according to, product of the neighborhoods of slums where life is hard, in Rio de Janeiro. “She brought Brazil its first gold medal of the Games, e, thereby, It demonstrated that perseverance and performance are not a matter of money or privilege, but of mind”.

The American version of the British newspaper The Guardian said that, this weekend, “rained down” gold medals for Brazil in beach volleyball, volleyball and men's soccer. Thereby, the newspaper, it seems that, no end, Brazil finally captured the imagination the existence of the Rio Games 2016. The newspaper recalled that, the night of the closing, the warmest applause of those in the Maracana were intended for volunteers and that this behavior “it seems appropriate”, since they (volunteers) and also the athletes had gestures and feats that seem to have helped “capture the city's imagination”.

The site of the Reuters news agency said the Brazilian attended the Games closing ceremony with a sense of “relief” for having been able to perform competently the first Olympics in South America. According to the agency, after 17 exhausting days, in Rio de Janeiro set aside the initial difficulties related to lack of public in gaming venues, to security breaches and the emergence of a mysterious green coloring in competition pools “to make a big party carnival”.

Source: Agency Brazil

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