Eye on Rio

Stories from the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

The U.S. Cities With the Most Olympic Medals

If L.A. were a country, it would rank ninth in the world.

David Goldman/AP

Criticism Is the Real Winner of Rio's Olympic Games

Scrutiny over corruption and public health may be the best thing to come out of the city hosting the Summer Olympics.

Matt Dunham/AP

Who Really Won the Rio Games?

It depends on how you count.

Silvia Izquierdo/AP

Olympic Development in Rio Leaves a Tarnished Legacy

A Brazilian research project details development in Rio since it won its Olympic bid seven years ago. It doesn’t paint a very positive picture.

Igarapé Institute

Mapping 'Pre-Crime' in Rio

CrimeRadar is the world’s first publicly available crime-forecasting tool based on open-access data. But will it work?

Marc Ohren-Leclef

The Families Displaced by the Rio Olympics

The photographer Marc Ohrem-Leclef documents the effects of forced evictions in the favelas.

Bernat Armangue/AP

The Geography of Team USA

Where America’s Olympians hail from and train.

Denis Tyrin/AP

Who Wants to Permanently Host the Olympic Games?

It might save money, but it would cost the world dearly in other ways.

David Gray/Reuters

Did Ryan Lochte Make Up a Story About Getting Mugged in Rio?

Authorities are investigating inconsistencies in the swimmer’s report about being mugged at gunpoint—a story that would confirm the worst impressions about life in Rio.

Stoyan Nenov / Reuters

The Saddest Olympic Celebration

What do you do when you’re competing for a country that might disappear? You dance.

Robb Williamson/AECOM

Rio's Plan to Transform Its Arenas After the Olympics

Using what Mayor Eduardo Paes calls “nomadic architecture,” the city plans to dismantle one of its arenas and turn it into schools.

Ben Curtis/AP

When Will It Get Too Hot to Hold the Summer Olympics?

By 2085, rising temperatures will mean that just 33 cities can safely host the games.

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Who's Really Ahead in Rio?

Small countries rise to the top when we control for population, GDP, and size of Olympic delegation.

Laura Bliss

An Unexpected Second Act for Montreal's Olympic Stadium

On its 40th anniversary, the “Big Owe” is slowly turning into a source of pride.

Matt Dunham/AP

Rio's Olympic Swimming Pools Are Turning Grody Colors

The source of the problem? Brazil was unprepared to host the Olympic Games.


Rio Security Is Cutting Corners to Curb Long Lines

Perhaps Brazilian security was never prepared for the Olympics, but the decision to ditch strict procedures puts the games at risk.

Carlos Barria/Reuters

The Nation With the Most Olympic Medals Per Capita

It’s not the U.S.

Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Will Rio Be a 'Smarter' City After the Olympic Games?

The city installed expensive new technology for the event, but a recent study finds the investment might not pay off in the long run.

Google/ Beyond the Map

From the Favelas, a Glimpse of Rio's Humanity

A Google web documentary takes a look inside the city’s informal settlements.