August 12, 2012
This June 11, 2012 file photo shows a general view of the Maracana soccer stadium undergoing renovations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympic flame goes out in London on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, and all eyes turn to Rio, which in 2016 will become the first South American city to host the Games. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
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Playing Olympic host is a high-stakes bet for any country, but Brazil seems to have more riding on the games than most.