But the modern Olympic legacy of facilities that sit idle afterward makes the games' cost - Brazil is spending about $11 billion - indefensible.
The Olympic medal count is a fun way to get excited about the games and stay into them through the two-plus weeks.
In addition to the Games' $12bn price tag, anti-torch protesters are calling for more accountability from elected officials after a massive corruption scandal focused on the state oil company ensnared dozens of high-level politicians.
It will be the sixth straight Games - including Summer and Winter - it has happened, and it is a trend that shows no sign of stopping.
It means the Rio Olympics will be the most watched games in history with the rise in second screen strategies from broadcasters around the world.
There are 10,500 athletes from 207 nations in Rio ready to compete in 31 sports and the curtain raiser in the Maracana Stadium, despite budget cuts forced upon organisers, will still be an eye-catching spectacle.
The city and Brazil have abandoned a pledge to clean the filthy waters of Rio's Guanabara Bay, site of Olympic sailing, triathlon and some swimming events. That's why we love sports and respect Olympic athletes in particular.
And, after insisting all along this truly would be his final Olympics, Phelps dropped a tantalizing hint that he might not be done. According to reports, the International Olympic Committee told the city in 2011 it needed to carefully monitor its partners because they might pay more attention to their own commercial interests than delivering Olympic projects on time and to high standards. A few surprise results could sway the balance enough for China to finish ahead on the worldwide system table.
The Rio Games is keenly awaited for the wondrous possibility of the world's greatest ever sprinter, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, completing a sprint triple hat-trick of triumphs to prove he's still the fastest human. Furthermore, the structure of the Olympics is of some assistance.
At the very least, she said, it should provide an opportunity for local Brazilians to celebrate.
The United States has claimed 16% of total Olympic medal wins; 977 gold, 758 silver and 668 bronze medals worth a staggering 544,848 Euros.
While the country promised to resolve these issues years ago when they were named host of the 2016 Olympic Games, the country's effort to curtail these problems have fallen short. However, Azerbaijan is well-known for its efforts in the Greco-Roman wrestling event and has won medals at every Games since 1996. Think the math is off a bit there?
The six women's soccer players on Team USA from the Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns club teams will miss the Opening Ceremony because they are scheduled to play France the next day at a stadium in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.
While governments have denounced the coup attempt, they have also expressed concerns about the scope of the ensuing crackdown. Three Turkish parliamentary delegations have been despatched to London, Brussels and Washington to put the government's case.
While the Republican nominee sorts out his response, Trump might also want to explain what it is about Putin he admirers . Wouldn't that be great?", Trump yesterday said at an election rally in Ashburn, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC.
Calling the GOP nominee "profoundly offensive and narcissistic", "a world-class panderer", and "anything but a leader", Rep. Trump spent the days after winning the Republican nomination criticizing a USA district court judge's Mexican heritage.
Mr Watson said: "The anti-democratic manoeuvres, the lies and the distortions surrounding Corbyn are an absolute disgrace". Leader of Reading Borough Council Jo Lovelock and her deputy Tony Page head the list of Owen Smith supporters.
Instagram Stories introduces a new bar on top of your feed where you'll find the profile pictures of people who you are following. Just like Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories enable users to post photo and video slideshows that will disappear after 24 hours.
The National Security Agency has long spied on private citizens using intrusive methods previously unbeknownst to the public. The Republican presidential nominee offers troubling idea on espionage and Russian Federation .
The International Olympic Committee was to announce its final figure for the Russian squad later on Thursday. Among 31 swimmers accepted are Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev , who were initially banned.
Microsoft launched Windows 10 exactly a year ago for desktops, laptops , smartphones, tablets, HoloLens and Xbox gaming consoles. A Californian woman successfully sued the firm after she claimed that an automatic Windows 10 update left her computer unusable.
Trump, who secured the Republican presidential nomination during his party's convention two weeks ago, remained defiant Tuesday. Pence added that he and Trump "have different styles", which shouldn't be "confused with differences in conviction".
But it is a strong sign that there are plenty within the Democratic Party who are unhappy with Clinton as the nominee. Farner had just made a rubbing of the name of his cousin, Calvin Wilson, who was killed in action in February 1967.
She touched on the professional points in her life that connect with who she is now, and why she got into public service. She received a further assist from her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who introduced her mother.
Florida gov offers free Zika test kits for pregnant women
First, someone in the area would need to have the virus and be bitten by a mosquito capable of transmitting the virus. Donald Trump has a plan to combat the Zika virus - that apparently involves deferring responsibility to Florida Gov.
Obama: Trump "unfit" to serve
Even Trump's longtime ally, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, said on Tuesday it was inappropriate to criticize the Khan family. For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: "He is unfit to serve our party and can not lead this country".
Players gird themselves for a long and wet PGA
The last time the US PGA was held at Baltusrol in 2005, Phil Mickelson prevailed in a Monday finish brought about by poor weather. The greens have been soft throughout the tournament at Baltusrol and there has been little wind to contend with.
All Russia's Weightlifters Banned From Olympics
A final figure is expected this weekend with the boxing, golf, gymnastic, taekwondo federations still to confirm their verdicts. The Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 will be held in Brazil from August 5 to 21 and September 7 to 18, respectively.
Telltale's Batman Won't Go Mobile Until September 13
During a fight within the first five minutes, I was throwing punches, using batarangs, and zip-lining all over the shop. Well if you've played any Telltale game over the last several years, you've pretty much played this one.
Storms interrupt PGA Championship at Baltusrol
Former PGA champion Padraig Harrington also shot a 65 and was at 206, with Russell Knox at 207 after a 67. Officials were hopeful that with no further weather delays, the tournament could be completed on time.
Hillary Clinton makes history with presidential nomination
It seemed to especially hit home when used as criticism of the Republican Party and its presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Harp recalled how Fudge came to New Haven prior to the CT primary to get out the vote for the Clinton campaign.
Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR pole at Pocono Raceway
In his role as a television commentator, Gordon said he has seen lots of loop data that shows Kyle Busch regularly at the top. Monday's forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon with thunderstorms likely.
Athletes in Rio Olympics' refugee team luckier than many
And when the Olympic torch relay reached the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro , it found its path disrupted by striking teachers. Some scientists now predict that during the entire Olympic period, perhaps two dozen people will be infected, maximum.
Brewers trade Lucroy to Indians
The Tigers system has been worn thin over the years as they've continually dipped into the system to acquire major league talent. All this comes after the Indians added All-Star reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees in a separate deal.