RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — The Olympic flame makes it to Rio’s most famous landmark, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Friday morning.
Brazil Olympian Isabel Barroso Salgado was emotional as she stood beneath the 125-foot statue (38 meters, 30 centimeters), holding the torch straight above her head with both arms outstretched.
The volleyball medalist from Brazil then received a blessing as cameras snapped all around.
The iconic wonder is one of many stops for the flame as it travels around Rio de Janeiro at the end of a long relay that began in Greece. Torch runners carried the flame through Copacabana early Friday.
The flame will be used to light the Olympic cauldron Friday night at the opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium.