The Heat: 2016 Rio Olympics

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A woman is silhouetted by the setting sun as she looks at a set of Olympic rings in the Olympic Park ahead of Rio's 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) A woman is silhouetted by the setting sun as she looks at a set of Olympic rings in the Olympic Park ahead of Rio’s 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

All eyes on Brazil as Rio is opens the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host country faces challenges but promises a Games to remember.

Despite a political crisis, economic downturn, Zika fears and social unrest, Rio said it’s ready to host to 2016 Summer Olympic Games. This year’s events mark the first time South America has hosted the Games.

CCTV America’s Stephen Gibbs reports from Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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To discuss the impact of the Olympics on Brazil:

The Heat: 2016 Rio Olympics PT 1

The Heat: 2016 Rio Olympics PT 1

All eyes on Brazil as Rio is opens the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host country faces challenges but promises a Games to remember. Despite a political crisis, economic downturn, Zika fears and social unrest, Rio said it’s ready to host to 2016 Summer Olympic Games. This year’s events mark the first time South America has hosted the Games. CCTV America’s Stephen Gibbs reports from Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. To discuss the impact of the Olympics on Brazil: Leo Siqueria, director of Latin America for the AIM Group and a journalist and political analyst. Rafael Salies, director of Brazilian Operations for Southern Pulse. Alex Cuadros, author of "Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence and Hope in an American Country." Fabio Ostermann, political scientist and State President for Partido Social Liberal.


The Heat: 2016 Rio Olympics PT 2

The Heat: 2016 Rio Olympics PT 2

All eyes on Brazil as Rio is opens the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host country faces challenges but promises a Games to remember. Despite a political crisis, economic downturn, Zika fears and social unrest, Rio said it’s ready to host to 2016 Summer Olympic Games. This year’s events mark the first time South America has hosted the Games. To discuss the impact of the Olympics on Brazil: Leo Siqueria, director of Latin America for the AIM Group and a journalist and political analyst. Rafael Salies, director of Brazilian Operations for Southern Pulse. Alex Cuadros, author of "Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence and Hope in an American Country." Fabio Ostermann, political scientist and State President for Partido Social Liberal.