Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic games. It will be the first Olympic games to be hosted on the South American continent.

Rio de Janeiro beat out Madrid and received 66 votes compared to Madrid’s 32 in the final round of voting. The other two candidates were Tokyo and Chicago.

The next Olympic games, which is in 2012, will be hosted in London, England.


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