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64OLYMPIC REVIEW 2016 HOST CITY RIOGRANDISSIMO AS RIO PREPARES TO PUT SOUTH AMERICA ON THE OLYMPIC MAP, DANIELLE GREENOUTLINES WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM THE WORLD'S CARNIVAL CAPITAL IN 2016

OLYMPIC REVIEW65 2016 HOST CITY I twas one of the most momentous Olympic host city announcements of recent years. As IOC President Jacques Rogge declared Rio de Janeiro the winner of the 2016 competition, an entire continent gasped at the realisation that its time had come. Welcoming South America to the Olympic fold, Rogge said: " This call to ' live your passion' [ Rio 2016' s slogan] clearly struck a chord with my fellow members and we now look forward to seeing Rio de Janeiro stage the first Olympic Games on the continent of South America." And passion there was. Adding credence to Brazilian President Lula da Silva's promise that the world's first " tropical" Games would " feel the warmth of our people, the exuberance of our culture and the sensation of our joy", more than 10,000 Cariocas ( as Rio residents are known) flocked to Copacabana beach for an all- night celebration. As joyous images of flag- waving and samba- dancing were beamed across the globe, one of Rio's key draws as an Olympic venue was breathtakingly apparent - the city's stunning natural setting between mountain and ocean. The 2016 Games will capitalise on these natural advantages. Copacabana Beach, with its four kilometres of pristine vanilla sand, will be the photo-genic location for beach volleyball. Competitors in the rowing and canoe/ kayak events at the ? LeftJubiliant celebrations on the beach after hearing the result AboveRio will be first South American city to host the Games