‘Let’s dance’: Olympics ends in relief for Brazilians

August 21, 2016 11:54 PM

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RIO DE JANEIRO — South America’s Olympic debut ended Sunday night doused with a tropical drizzle but dancing all the way, a festive Brazilian farewell to a zany 17 days of brilliant athletic performances served with a sideshow of mishaps and scares.

The world’s athletes shrouded in plastic ponchos, smiling through the rain, seemed an apt ending to an Olympics that was always an uphill climb. With dancers dressed as colorful birds, fiddlers and fireworks, Rio drummed and stomped its way to a happy, sopping, final note before passing the baton to...

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