Tag - Jags in 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 at the finish

When Augusta University alumnus and volunteer coach Pardon Ndhlovu crossed the finish line at the men’s Olympic marathon, Arthur Takahashi and Brennan Meagher, our Jags in Rio, were there to catch these special photos. Follow them on social...

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...

Weekend in Rio; we are there

Just because the workweek is over doesn’t mean our coverage from Rio is. Keep up with the latest from our Jags in Rio by checking in with Jagwire’s Olympics page throughout the weekend. Our folks on the ground will continue blogging, filing...

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...

A video postcard from Christ the Redeemer

While on assignment in Rio, Arthur Takahashi and Brennan Meagher took a moment to visit one of the seven wonders of the modern world: Christ the Redeemer. For the latest from Rio and for great Olympic-related content provided by the talented members...

Beach life, Rio-style

What could be more soothing than a brief tour of the wondrous waters of Rio? Turns out, not much. Sit back and relax as our correspondents abroad beam a touch of Brazilian majesty back to the States. For the latest from Rio and for great Olympic...

A visit to Barra da Tijuca Beach

Arthur Takahashi and Brennan Meagher went to Barra da Tijuca Beach in Rio de Janeiro to bring back these great images, For the latest from Rio and for great Olympic-related content provided by the talented members of the Augusta University...

Inside Gardenia Azul

  Today we spent several hours in a community in Rio that is similar to Rocinha, Gardenia Azul. Arthur and I were there to interview a family and were permitted to get footage of the community. We were welcomed into the homes and were treated...

Christ the Redeemer

Today we went to one of the seven wonders of the modern world: Christ the Redeemer. The view from the top of the mountain where the Christ sits is incredible. From the top of the mountain you can see the entire city of Rio. However, today there was...

Different worlds

The first time I went to a “favela,” or slums, I was with my dad. As we drove through the dirt roads, I saw people peeking through the windows, looking at us with mistrust. That feeling was replaced by joy when they saw we had a trunk full of toys...

The Favelas: My experience

  When I was living in New York City, I came across a mural on Coney Island that I really liked. It read: “The day before Easter and the day after Labor Day – people still live here. People die here. People love here.” The same could be said...

The latest from our Jags in Rio

By now you’ve probably seen the photo of Pardon Ndhlovu and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. Thanks to Arthur Takahashi and Brennan Meagher, the two Augusta University correspondents we sent to Rio to cover the Pardon’s Olympic...

Friends in 10 minutes 

One of the most fascinating things about Brazilian people is how much you can learn about them, us, in about 10 minutes. That’s all it takes for you to get close to somebody and, in some cases, even make a new friend. There’s a great chance I made a...

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