#USinRio: Follow Secretary Kerry's Trip to the 2016 Olympic Games

The first-ever Olympics and Paralympics to be held in South America begin in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, August 5. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the United States’ Presidential Delegation to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Brazil. The U.S. delegation will also include nine-time U.S. Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Lilana Ayalde, and U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mari Carmen Aponte.

The delegation will attend the Opening Ceremony, which marks the official start of the Games, to represent the United States and demonstrate support for the more than 500 U.S. athletes competing in the Summer Olympics.

During the Opening Ceremony, athletes from each participating country will march into the Maracanã Stadium led by their respective flag and a placard bearer as part of the “Parade of Nations.” U.S. Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps -- the most decorated Olympian of all time -- was chosen by a vote of his fellow Team USA members to carry the U.S. flag during the parade.

While the Olympics have evolved over the centuries, many features of the modern Games still hark back to the Ancient Games, from which today's competition draws its inspiration. Likewise, the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies merge historical elements with contemporary trends and draw from the different traditions of its various host cities. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open in Rio de Janeiro, the ceremony will highlight Brazil’s diversity and rich culture, with an emphasis on the country’s vibrant music and dance.

In addition to the Opening Ceremony, the U.S. delegation will attend athletic events and meet with U.S. athletes. Here are a few ways you can follow Secretary Kerry as he leads the delegation in Rio:


Want a sneak peek of the delegation’s meetings with Olympic athletes and a unique perspective on events at the Games? Follow ‘StateDept’ on Snapchat to go behind-the-scenes with Secretary of State John Kerry and the delegation in Rio.


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Secretary of State John Kerry will take over the U.S. Department of State’s Instagram page. Watch for photos from him as he supports #TeamUSA in Rio.


Follow @JohnKerry, @StateDept, @StateDeptSpox, @WHAAsstSecty, @EmbaixadaEUA, @USAemPortugues, and #USinRio on Twitter to keep up with the latest news and events from the U.S. Presidential Delegation and U.S. Mission Brazil.

While the impressive feats of the athletes and the excitement surrounding the competitions are understandably the focal point for most viewers of the Olympics, the Games represent much more. The Olympics serve as a unique opportunity to bring the world together through sport, to share each other’s cultures and traditions through the best our counties have to offer, and to celebrate the accomplishments of athletes who have dedicated themselves to excellence. 

We hope you will follow the delegation representing the #USinRio and join us in cheering for #TeamUSA as well as the thousands of athletes from around the world who have traveled to Brazil to compete.

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The "USinRio" logo appears over an image of a beach with Sugarloaf Mountain situated in the background in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [U.S. Embassy Brazil photo]
Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 4, 2016


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