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Listen up, L.A.: Rio de Janeiro's mayor shares advice on the Olympics

Listen up, L.A.: Rio de Janeiro's mayor shares advice on the Olympics

Eduardo Paes will take the stage as the most important mayor in the world for 17 days next year when the Summer Olympics start in August in his city of Rio de Janeiro. For him, the nine-year adventure officially started Sept. 7, 2007, when Rio was named Brazil's applicant city. At the time, Paes was the secretary of tourism, sport and recreation for the state of Rio de Janeiro.

It's the same time frame facing Los Angeles in its bid to be the host Olympics city in 2024 — although Los Angeles had more of a struggle, becoming the U.S. bid city only after Boston had been chosen and later pulled out over financial concerns.

Paes, 46, became mayor in 2009, and he made the...

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