Sunday's closing ceremony in London kicks off a race against the clock for 2016 host Rio de Janeiro.
Many wonder if this notoriously laid-back beach city will be ready to handle the global sports showcase — but officals are admanant that it can.
"We'll get a few cold sweats but this is normal. We are on time and going according to schedule," says Leonardo Gryner, CEO of the Rio 2016 organizing committee.
Brazilians regard the 2016 Olympics as their grand entrance onto the world stage. Hosting the 2014 World Cup should also give them some practice.
But with massive building projects like hotels, roads and stadiums, not everyone is convinced.
"While the Brazilians will undoubtedly pull together a great party, the hangover will last for a generation," said academic Christopher Gaffney.
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