Brazil at the Olympics

Brazil is one of the strongest Latino countries in the Olympic Games. They made their Olympic debut in the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium and right off the bat won a gold, silver and bronze.

They made Olympic history as one of the few countries to win Olympic gold in their debut. Shooters Guilherme Paraens took the gold for the 25 meter rapid fire pistol, Afrânio da Costa won the silver for the 50 meter pistol and the team of Afrânio da Costa, Dario Barbosa, Guilherme Paraense, Sebastião Wolf, and Fernando Soledade took the bronze in 50 m army pistol. Not too shabby for a first outing, huh.

As a matter of fact, Brazil has extablished itself as one of the perennial powerhouse in many events in the Olympics. They have had an almost perfect attendance to the Summer Games missing only the 1928 Summer Games in Amsterdam. For the ones they attended, there were only three instances (1924, 1932, 1936) where Brazilian athletes were not able to take home an Olympic medal. Brazil is also set to host the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Not a lot of Latin nations have attended the Winter Games but Brazil has had a perfect attendance since their first outing in 1992. They are however still getting the hang of things when it comes to the Winter sports.

In 2016, the Brazilian capital Rio became the first South American city to host the Olympic Games.

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