Tag - Direct from Rio

My Olympics

I’ve always loved the Olympics. I vaguely remember going to the 1996 Atlanta Games as a child. I remember the excitement I felt when I had the opportunity to swim in the pool used in the 2000 Sydney games. The year Michael Phelps made his...

“Saudade” is what is left

The 2016 Rio Games just ended, but Brazil is already feeling “saudade.” Celebrated during the closing ceremony, “saudade” is a special word in Portuguese. To me, it’s the most beautiful word in our language. There is no...

Pardon runs, everyone wins

Today Pardon Ndhlovu represented Zimbabwe at the 2016 Rio Games. A culmination of years of work, Pardon stood toe to toe with the best marathon runners in the world. As one of the best marathoners in the world. Today, Pardon’s dream came true...

For us, Pardon won gold

Growing up, I would always watch the Olympic marathon to see the top runners fight for gold at the final stretch.I had no idea how dramatic and emotional the finish line could be. Until this morning. Today, I didn’t care about gold, silver or...

Soccer final: Green, yellow and gold

It was a green and yellow afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. Everywhere I looked, I could spot Brazil soccer jerseys and people carrying the Brazilian flag. I fit in. Saturday was game day. Brazil vs. Germany. At Maracanã Stadium. A fight for the gold...

American west medieval laser tag

When Arthur and I were making plans for the 2016 Rio Games, we knew that we would only have a few days to attend Olympic events. Saturday was one of those days. When we were buying tickets the choice came down to badminton and the pentathlon. Once...

Samba lesson: Life is beautiful

Live samba, happy crowd and smiles. That’s usually a good description of Copacabana beach any day of the year. During the 2016 Olympics, it seems like one of Rio’s most famous beaches is on steroids. “It’s crazy,” a Rio de Janeiro resident told me...

Olympic experience at the Olympic aquatic arena

It’s no secret that sport has the power to unite people and cultures. The Olympics, one of the biggest sporting events in the world, is the perfect example of this. However, it is one thing to know the power of sport but another to experience it...

First impressions from Rio de Janeiro

Early this morning, I walked into the Manaus airport feeling groggy but excited.  We went through customs and immigration and I got a cool Rio 2016 stamp in my passport. We hadn’t quite made it to Rio de Janeiro, but I was officially in Brazil. As...

My first meal in Brazil, always.

We have finally landed in Brazil. And, as I always do at the first entry point in my native country, I went straight for the food. My first meal in Brazil always includes pão de queijo, or cheesebread, and a Brazilian soda called Guaraná. My wife...

Preparing to go: It’s getting Rio

Last night, after watching Michael Phelps swim his last individual Olympic race, I lay down in bed. My body was exhausted, but my mind was racing. “In less than 48 hours, I will be in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2016 Olympics. Oh my goodness, I have so...

Watching the Olympics brings back memories.

I remember watching the opening ceremony of previous Summer Olympic Games with my dad and always hear him say he had waited four years for that. I remember watching the Brazilian men’s national soccer team and cheering for our first Olympic gold...

More to tell

I’ve always loved a good story. When I was a college student I had the opportunity to tell some incredible stories. I wrote about a mother who escaped an abusive relationship and an attempted murder that left her disfigured. She went on to gain her...

Brazilian with a smile

Yes, I look Asian. Yes, I have a Japanese last name. And yes, I’m Brazilian. Much like the U.S., Brazil is a diverse nation. As the Olympic Opening Ceremony showcased, multiple ethnicities make up the Brazilian identity. Japanese culture is one of...

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