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London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony looks ahead to Rio 2016

An 8-minute artistic segment titled ‘Embraced’, at the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony, marked the handover of the Olympic games to its next host city, Rio de Janeiro. Conceived by Cao Hamburger and Daniela Thomas, the spectacle brought together dancer Renato Sorriso, performing as a street-cleaner in a quickstep samba choreography, acclaimed singer Marisa Monte, rapper BNegão, singer Seu Jorge, model Alessandra Ambrósio and the surprise appearance by soccer legend Pelé, which brought the 80,000 people in the audience to their feet.  Prior to the show, Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor Eduardo Paes was presented  the Olympic Flag by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

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