There was a fear that rowers would get sick from the waters in Rio. But that hasn't been the case. If anything, the venue for the regatta was picture perfect, and even clean, US rower Andrew Campbell says.
With local judo champ Rafaela Silva winning Brazil its first gold medal of Summer Games, the Cidade de Deus community is showing the world it's about way more than just the crime and poverty depicted in a famous — and violent — 2002 movie.
It's usually quite a celebratory moment when the torch arrives, and of course it is in Brazil, too. But the country also has plenty of other big concerns, like serious government, economic and health crises keeping Brazilians occupied.
Brazil’s lauded pacification effort is crumbling. The drug gangs are gaining back ground and crime is rising across Rio de Janeiro. Some are wondering if the gangs and police will strike a truce in time for the Olympics.