Rio Summer Olympics Begin

Here is the live stream schedule for the Olympics. Opening ceremonies are tomorrow but the games have already begun. The Torch has now reached Rio.

The media seems intent to run down Rio as host city to the Olympics. I'm seeing articles with headlines like No Game: The Olympics, Rio and Terror, Rio 2016 will be a Brazilian carnival of greed, doping and tear gas, For Olympic athletes in Rio, a lack of buzz over Zika concerns. There's even this Henny Penny articley: Freak 15-foot waves flood TV broadcasting building on Rio’s Copacabana Beach sparking fears it could collapse into the sea

I'm a big fan of Rio and Brazil, I was there in 1977. Yes, things change in 40 years, but the natural wonders of the country remain. [More...]

It's hard to beat climbing up Mount Corcovado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue up close:

Copacobana Beach is so pretty.

Here's a polaroid I took:

And it's not just Rio that makes the trip to Brazil fun. Leave enough time to visit Manaus and the Amazon. I stayed at the Tropical Manaus, now an Eco-Resort, from which you can take a boat trip into the jungle. I have no idea if it's still the best place to stay 40 years later, but it does still have its incredible zoo in the open on the hotel grounds.

The Amazon is also home to the Encontro das Águas [Meeting of Waters], where the Rio Negro meets the Solimões rivers, but the rivers run side by side for miles, without ever touching each other.

Back to the Olympics: NBC and Comcast are the big winners. Consumers, not so much. (Comcast owns NBC). The viewing choices are all over the map -- and notwithstanding how many people have 4k TVs (including me), and the games are actually being filmed in 8k (available in Japan) and downgraded here, there is a paucity of 4k viewing options. Xfinity hasn't even released it's long promised 4k X1 box to the public -- at least not in Colorado.

I won't even be able to watch the 4k events with NBC's 24 hour delay on Xfinity because I don't have an LG or Samsung TV -- my TV is a Sony. No wonder people are leaving Xfinity and cord-cutting. How ridiculous is it that NBC is using Sony cameras to film the events but we can't watch in 4k on Sony TV's?

I'm going to try using my antenna instead of Xfinity cable and see if I can get 4k that way. Supposedly NBC will have 2 channels for that, but there's no recording option, so you have to catch it live. Here is Xfinity's schedule.

The official Twitter feed is here.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Olympics will be a positive event for Rio and the World.

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    fwiw, I've been heavily involved in (5.00 / 7) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 01:53:42 PM EST
    youth Track & Field here in SoCal for over a decade now and I always wondered when a kid I coached would go on to the Olympics.

    Well, this is the year.

    Watch Johnathan Cabral compete in Rio for Canada, his mother's home country, in the 110 Hurdles next Monday, Aug 15!

    That's cool Man... (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by kdog on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 01:57:57 PM EST
    Congrats Coach!  I'll be rooting for your hurdling Padawan.

    but it's cool to know him!

    Sarc. I'm on kdog's (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 03:21:00 PM EST
    team in congratulating you on your great coaching efforts.

    Thanks Dan! (none / 0) (#13)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 03:54:02 PM EST
    Don't sell yourself short... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 03:00:59 PM EST
    not even those blessed with the blazing speed at birth don't do it alone.  I'm sure a tenth of a second here or there can be credited to good coaches and trainers.

    Thanks kdog. (none / 0) (#10)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 03:17:04 PM EST
    Let me add my congratulations, (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by caseyOR on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 04:56:24 PM EST
    Sarc. Don't sell yourself short. Youth coaches can have a tremendous impact on a young athlete, regardless of talent.

    I will keep an eye out for your guy and root at least this once for the maple leaf.


    Thanks Casey. (none / 0) (#17)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 06:23:02 PM EST
    so cool (none / 0) (#12)
    by CST on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 03:25:37 PM EST
    I get excited whenever it's a person from within a 500 mile radius of me, nevermind anyone I actually know.  Congrats!

    Thanks CST. My wife says (none / 0) (#14)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 03:55:15 PM EST
    "Who will be next?!"

    Jeralyn (none / 0) (#1)
    by CoralGables on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 01:18:38 PM EST
     I believe the opening ceremonies are tomorrow night, Friday, at 7:30 ET

    thanks, I fixed it (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 02:14:58 PM EST
    to say tomorrow.

    Depressing subject, I know.. (none / 0) (#5)
    by jondee on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 02:17:25 PM EST
    but I wonder if the on-going investigations of women's gymnastics coaches is something that will be discussed at all by the media during the Olympic coverage..

    I should have said investigations (none / 0) (#6)
    by jondee on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 02:27:55 PM EST
    of coaches AND of USA Gymnastics.

    It doesn't deal with (none / 0) (#9)
    by CoralGables on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 03:09:46 PM EST
    any of the athletes or any of the coaches in Rio so I wouldn't expect it to be mentioned.

    thanks for the photos Jeralyn (none / 0) (#15)
    by ruffian on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 04:47:36 PM EST
    I still remember looking at pictures of Rio in my 3rd or 4th grade geography book and being blown away. It has always been a place I want to see.

    I'm sure I will be watching a lot of the Olympics. I always get sucked in!

    It looks like we were in Rio (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by fishcamp on Fri Aug 05, 2016 at 10:26:45 AM EST
    at about the same time.  I have basically the same photos of  Cocacabana beach, which was before they built the "postas"' which are six bath and changing rooms right on the beach.  They were guarded and clean at first, but soon turned into the type of place where you could get anything you wanted.  Personally I preferr Impanema beach since it has better surf, and that's where the girl from Impanema comes daily.  There are many of them in their string bikinis.  Rio was fun in the 60's and 70's, but is now too crowded and dangerous.  I have been there fifteen times, according to my old passports.

    That Tropical Hotel you stayed at in Manaus, Brazil is still there.  The zoo fence backed up to my room, so their were heavy jungle sounds all night long.  Manaus is two degrees off the equator, in the Amazon, and is hot all the time. The meeting of the waters there is where they have pink Dolphins.         True story, I saw them.  Braniff  used to have non stop flights from Denver to Manaus, and on to Rio.  There was a true Rio festival feeling as soon as the plane left Denver.  They know how to party.  Hopefully our Olympians will do well and have fun.


    2 words. (none / 0) (#18)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 at 09:04:31 PM EST
    Don't care. Lots of Netflix, Amazon Prime and blackack over the next couple of weeks. Let me know when they're done and it's save to turn on the TV

    I'm recording it (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 05, 2016 at 07:32:34 PM EST
    Only for the speedos

    Water polo! (none / 0) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Aug 06, 2016 at 08:26:59 AM EST
    Where are my glasses?

    Polo boys (5.00 / 2) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Aug 06, 2016 at 09:00:55 AM EST
    Have a glass of wine and watch the opening (none / 0) (#20)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 05, 2016 at 07:22:51 PM EST
    ceremony. Best antidote to Trump ranting about the baby on the other NBC.

    The 80s arcade video game look (none / 0) (#22)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 05, 2016 at 07:54:00 PM EST
    Is pretty awsum

    My thought, too (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by Towanda on Sat Aug 06, 2016 at 12:12:21 AM EST
    was that the color scheme was so '80s.  I was reminded of having to take my daughter to a New Kids on the Block concert. Not a happy memory.

    Anyone see Trump's event Fri night? (none / 0) (#24)
    by sallywally on Sat Aug 06, 2016 at 07:22:30 AM EST
    I was getting a sleep study and hospital TV had Fox and CNN only and all talking about how Trump could come back if he can hold it together. Heard he endorsed McCain, Ryan and Ayotte and bitched about Hillary, which was the goal.

    reposted to non-Rio site (none / 0) (#25)
    by sallywally on Sat Aug 06, 2016 at 07:35:33 AM EST
    Nice win (none / 0) (#28)
    by TrevorBolder on Sat Aug 06, 2016 at 07:26:07 PM EST
    For the womens soccer team. France is one of the worlds best, and had the better of the play for the 1st half.
    Carli Lloyd has taken over for Abbey Wambach as the big goal scorer, and Hope Solo was as usual the last line of defense.
    Nice thing about watching the ladies play, they don't pretend that they got shot and roll around on the ground for 5 minutes like the men do, they shake it off and play on.

    Yikes (none / 0) (#29)
    by TrevorBolder on Tue Aug 09, 2016 at 07:25:17 PM EST
    Hope Solo sprung a leak tonight, 2 leaky goals given up.
    Some youngsters showed real promise, Press, and the 2 goal scorers, Dunn and Pugh.
    Team dominated, but needs to put away more of their opportunities.

    I root against US women's soccer and US men's (none / 0) (#30)
    by McBain on Tue Aug 09, 2016 at 11:08:50 PM EST
    basketball.  I know that's terrible but I can't help it.  

    Green pools (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Aug 11, 2016 at 10:58:54 AM EST