How Cuban hopefuls measure up

On March 1, 1565, Estácio de Sá, the nephew of Mem de Sá, founded the city of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, in the region lying between the Pan de Azúcar and the Cara de Cão mountains, in the current neighborhood of Urca.

Since then, the populous Brazilian city has hosted a range of events of various kinds.

The home of the open-armed Christ the Redeemer statue, unveiled in 1931 atop Mount Corcovado, will host the 31st edition of the Summer Olympic Games (really the 28th edition, as three were suspended during WWI and WWII), beginning Friday, July 5.

The quadrennial event will see an estimated 10,500 athletes from 206 nations competing in 306 events, with the comeback of sports such as golf, after 112 years, and rugby sevens, after a 92 year absence.

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