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Photos: The Olympic torch’s incredible three-month journey across Brazil

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Rio 2016
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The Olympic torch has travelled by plane, boat, horseback and surf board to make it to the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro this Friday, Aug. 4. After being lit in April at a ceremony in Greece that should make any classics major giddy with delight, the torch was flown to Brazil. The subsequent relay has covered over 30,000 kilometers (more than 18,600 miles) across every Brazilian state.

But the torch’s path has not been entirely peaceful as protests and other events underscore enduring issues around the Olympics.

The Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games takes place at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece
Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of high priestess, lights a torch from the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during a flame lighting ceremony at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece. April 21. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)
Rio's Olympic chief Nuzman holds an Olympic torch given by Capralos, head of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, during the handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame to the delegation of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Athens
Rio’s Olympic chief Carlos Nuzman (R) holds an Olympic torch during the handover ceremony in Athens. April 27. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)
Brazil's President Rousseff waves after lighting a cauldron with the Olympic Flame next to Fabiana Claudino, captain of the Brazilian volleyball team, during the Olympic Flame torch relay in Brasilia
Embattled Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff waves after lighting a cauldron with the Olympic Flame next to Fabiana Claudino, captain of the Brazilian volleyball team, in Brasilia. May 3. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino)
Brazil's Jose Batista holds the Olympic torch aloft as he rides his horse, during the torch relay in Brasilia
Brazil’s Jose Batista holds the torch aloft on horseback in Brasilia. May 3. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino)
Canoeist Rubens Pompeu takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay at Paranoa lake in Brasilia
Canoeist Rubens Pompeu at Paranoa lake in Brasilia. May 3. (Reuters/Adriano Machado)
Itaguari Braz from Pataxo tribe takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Porto Seguro, Bahia state, Brazil
Itaguari Braz from the Pataxo tribe takes part in the relay in Porto Seguro. May 19. (Marcos de Paula/Courtesy of Rio2016/Handout via Reuters)
Resident Geovana Teles takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay at Lustre cave in Chapada Diamantina on May 23, 2016.
Local resident Geovana Teles holds the torch at Lustre cave in Chapada Diamantina. May 23. (Andre Mourao/Courtesy of Rio2016/Handout via Reuters)
Handout photo of Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle taking part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Ipojuca
Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle holds the flame out of the water in Ipojuca. June 1. (Marcos de Paula/Courtesy of Rio2016/Handout via Reuters)

 

 

Handout photo of resident Davi Souza gives a fish to a "Boto Cor-de-Rosa" (Pink River Dolphin), as he takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay at Solimoes River in Iranduba city
Davi Souza multitasks, holding the torch while feeding a pink river dolphin in Iranduba, Amazonas. June 20. (Fernando Soutello/Courtesy of Rio2016/Handout via Reuters)
Handout photo of resident Ferreira takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Sao Miguel das Missoes
Aniceto Gonalves Ferreira carries the torch through Sao Miguel das Missoes, Rio Grande do Sul. July 4. (Andre Luiz Mello/Courtesy of Rio2016/Handout via Reuters)

 

A man carrying a mock Olympic torch is pictured among people rappling from a bridge to form the Olympic rings in Sao Paulo
This is actually a mock Olympic torch, symbolically held among people rappelling from a bridge to form the Olympic rings in Sao Paulo. July 31. (Reuters/Paulo Whitaker)
Street sweeper Renato Sorriso carries the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro
Street sweeper Renato Sorriso carries the Olympic torch in Rio on Aug. 3. (Ricardo Cassiano/Rio City Hall/Handout via Reuters)
Brazilian surfer Rico de Souza carries the Olympic torch as he surfs at praia da Macumba (Macumba beach) in Rio de Janeiro
Surfer Rico de Souza holds the Olympic torch from his board on Macumba beach in Rio. Aug. 4. (Reuters/Pilar Olivares)
Brazilian surfer Rico de Souza holds up the Olympic torch after surfing with it at praia da Macumba (Macumba beach) in Rio de Janeiro   , Brazil
De Souza triumphant, back on dry land with the torch today, Aug. 4. (Reuters/Pilar Olivares)

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