Olympic organizers put on finishing touches for Opening Ceremonies

Olympic organizers put on finishing touches for Opening Ceremonies


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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — It's not the security, construction, or even location of the Opening Ceremonies that worries Flavio Machado the most.

It's the pressure.

"Yeah, I mean, it's challenging. It's frightening. I'm living in fear,” said Machado with a laugh.

He wants everything that will be happening in Maracanã Stadium Friday night to go right.

Machado is one of the main producers of the Opening Ceremonies, and with as much time and planning put into this show, he wants it to be perfect.

Not just for himself and his production company, but for Brazil, his country.

“The pressure is massive. I mean, we’re talking five years of planning. It's a responsibility because we are representing our nation, so we are showcasing the country here. That's the kind of responsibility we have on our shoulders,” Machado said.

Maracanã Stadium is one of the most popular buildings in Brazil.

A few nights ago, Machado and his team did a dress rehearsal to see what needs to be worked on.

"It made me more confident that we're going to deliver a very nice ceremony,” said Machado. “However, I’m not sure anything will ever beat Beijing.”

Beijing was the host city for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It featured an Opening Ceremonies those who follow the Olympics still talk about. Even Machado.

"In Brazil, we have a shorter budget, so I think its fine we don't do anything extravagant. I think the way things are now, the world will understand this,” said Machado about his Opening Ceremonies. "We don't show much technology, so we want to show our human side because that's what Brazil is all about."

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