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Rio Olympic Course Preview

Rio Olympic Course Preview

What to Watch For

If the sea is rough, athletes will need to manage the swells in order to stay with the front pack on the swim. The Olympic Games bike course is notorious for its climbs, primarily over the main hill into Lagoa, which is on the far side of each bike lap. Athletes also must descend at speed before ending each bike lap. One of the challenges may be managing environmental conditions — though it is the winter season in Rio, temperatures can still get quite warm and there is not much shade on the run course.

Olympic Triathlon

Swim: 1.5 kilometers (1 lap) at Copacabana Beach. Athletes will run into the water  from the beach and swim one out-and-back lap. 
Bike: 40 kilometers (8 laps). The bike course starts right in front of Copacabana Beach and from Av. Atlântica, athletes will turn on to Rua Professor Gastão Baiana. The first part of this street is the steepest climb of the circuit, followed by a fast downhill to Av. Epitácio Pessoa. Athletes then do a technical 90-degree turn, followed by another technical 90-degree turn just 200 meters later on to Avenida Henrique Dodsworth. Athletes face one more technical turn back on to Av. Atlântica.
Run: 10 kilometers (4 laps). Athletes will run along Av. Atlântica in front of Copacabana Beach for a total of four out-and-back laps.

Rio Course

Rio 360

Can’t make it to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic or Paralympic Games? Thanks to Google Street View you can still feel like you’re there with these 360-degree views of the venues, including Fort Copacabana where the triathletes will race. To see all of the Rio venues, visit

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Fort Copacabana
Site of the Olympic and Paralympic triathlons, Fort Copacabana is a part of the famous Copacabana Beach. Take a stroll down the beach without getting sand all over your body, and check out where Team USA will toe the line for the swim-bike-run event.

Home of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as other sports such as soccer, Maracanã will be filled to the brim starting Aug. 5 for the start of the Olympic Games. Walk on the soccer field and gaze into the colorful stands to get a feel for what your favorite athletes will see in August and September.

Christ the Redeemer
Apart from the Olympic and Paralympic festivities that will be occurring, Rio de Janeiro has a number of breathtaking landmarks as well. Climb up to the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue and gaze up at the 98-foot tall figure from the comfort of your couch. 

Other Notable Landmarks
There are many other landmarks in Rio de Janeiro you don’t want to miss — whether you’re sightseeing from your couch or in Brazil. Sugarloaf Mountain, named for its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar, sits at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay. Take a cable car up or view it from afar. Ipanema beach is known for its social life and surfers.