Unfortunately, my Rio adventure ends today. Tonight, I leave for the U.S., and although I’m excited to come back and see everyone I’ve missed, it’s still really hard to say goodbye to all the friends I’ve made here and to this beautiful city. Obrigada, Rio.
When I started this adventure two years ago when I applied to volunteer, I could guess that it would be amazing, but I really had no idea that this would be the best thing I have ever done. Thank you to Rio, thank you to all the people I met and became friends with, and thank you to everyone who supported me from home. For the past few weeks, everyone has been filled with the Olympic spirit, and I’ve seen a side of humanity that you don’t usually get to see. Through sport, people united. This experience was incredible, and my favorite part was all the people.
Sunday night, the Olympic flame went out, but the spirit of the Olympics will live on until Tokyo, and I’ll see it there!
Volunteering at the Olympics has taught me so much, provided me with a new perspective of the world and my place in it, and given me a lot of new goals. Experiencing the Olympics firsthand as a volunteer and a spectator has confirmed that I want to work for this incredible Movement.
See you later, Brazil, and see you in four years, Tokyo!
Here’s a recap video of my last few days in Brazil! ❤️