Olympic flame meets Christ the Redeemer statue

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Rio de Janeiro’s most famous landmark met with one of the most iconic symbols in the world on Friday.

The Olympic flame arrived at the Christ the Redeemer statue early this morning, carried by a 56-year-old Brazilian medalist.

The flame will make its way to Friday night’s Opening Ceremony, having started its journey in Greece on April 21.

From the Associated Press:

Brazil Olympian Isabel Barroso Salgado was emotional as she stood beneath the 125-foot statue (38 meters, 30 centimeters), holding the torch straight above her head with both arms outstretched.

The volleyball medalist from Brazil then received a blessing as cameras snapped all around.