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The eyes of the sporting world turned to Brazil when the handover of the Olympic flag took place during the London 2012 Closing Ceremony, highlighting Rio de Janeiro as the next host city.Audiences were treated to a spectacular eight-minute Brazilian show during Rio 2016's portion of the Closing Ceremony, which included a surprise appearance from football legend Pelé.A large contingent from the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games was stationed in the British capital for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Games to observe and learn. On 5 August, Rio 2016 was able to mark the four years to go date until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Present for the celebrations at Casa Brasil, the official home of the Brazilian delegation, were Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Stephen Urquhart, the President of Olympic Partner Omega, which provided the countdown clock for Rio 2016 on display at Casa Brasil during the Games.A team of 152 Rio 2016 staff, all of whom are participating in the IOC's Observers Programme, and 51 representatives of different levels of government, will share their learnings from the London 2012 Games at a debriefing back in Rio in November together with LOCOG, the IOC and other Olympic Movement stakeholders.RIO 2016 CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS TO GO IN LONDONBelow Rio 2016 staff mark four years to go at London 2012Above President Rogge received a warm welcome at Sochi.ParkThere were over 100 volunteers from the Organising Committee for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games present at the London Games as part of the thousands of volunteers who contributed to making London 2012 a success. For these volunteers, London 2012 provided the opportunity to gain important experience in many areas, from competition services to transport centre operations. They will transfer this knowledge to their colleagues from the 26 volunteer training centres for Sochi 2014, as well as to sports higher education institutes throughout the country, ensuring this knowledge is applied at the 2014 Winter Games. During the 2012 Games, IOC President Jacques Rogge paid a visit to Sochi.Park, the base for the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. During a guided tour of the pavilion with Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko, he was able to test out a number of innovative exhibitions including a sliding track simulator and a 4D cinema. He also managed to see part of the ice skating show that Sochi put on every day in its specially-built ice rink.SOCHI 2014 PRESENCE AT LONDON 2012 GAMES12 OLYMPIC REVIEW