The nearer we get the more excited it all becomes.


After a long – but very busy – silence on my part I am back with two videos I consider brilliant for vary different reasons. Check them out. They speak for themselves.

To celebrate 1 Year to Go to the Paralympic Games, we have this one – over 3 million likes in youtube, even more on FB.

And here is an update to the venues. So exciting to follow brick by brick, test event by test event …

Rio 2016: Official Statement on Sailor Erik Heil

i wouldn’t normally use my blog to post official news but I believe this case deserves an exception

We were extremely concerned when we learned of the hospital admission of athlete Erik Heil. We immediately contacted the German Sailing Association (DSV) for information. Heil is one of 326 sailors who took part in the second sailing test event held in the Guanabara Bay between 15th and 22nd August, in which he won the 49er class bronze medal.
The DSV told us that the Heil had received medical attention at a hospital in Berlin specialised in tropical diseases and that he had been diagnosed with a bacterial infection. The results of the athlete’s exams have not however been publicised yet.
The Rio 2016 Committee medical team have informed us that Heil did not seek any medical help or advise during at the competition venue.
Based on information supplied by the DSV and currently available, it is premature to declare whether the infection suffered by the German sailor is the result of contact with the water in Guanabara Bay. Having said that, it is fundamental that focus remains on the prompt recovery of Heil.
Rio 2016 is in contact with the DSV and reiterates that it is our priority to assure the health and well-being of all athletes. We are also following, together with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the work developed by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, so that measures already announced to improve the quality of the water in Guanabara Bay are completed on time, assuring good conditions for the competition lanes during the Rio 2016 Games.

Our greatest commitment is that athletes are able to compete in Rio in complete safety.
Rio 2016 Organising Committee

Torch for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

La torche du Rio 2016 est vraiment magnifique!

Brasil Positive: Flavio Canto Charity Work

Going through my daily media monitoring of what has been published, posted or printed about Rio 2016 Olympics and Brazil related sports news – among many other themes -, I came across this wonderful video about Brazilian judoka Flavio Canto and his charity work which will take part on 6th April International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Amazing work, inspiring young people at the biggest Favela in Rio, Rocinha. On the wall: “Every man id the size of his dreams” . Canto says “I learn much more than I teach”

Really worth watching.

RIO2016: 500 DAYS TO GO

As ex Olympic Minister Tessa Jowell wrote in her excellent blog yesterday in the Guardian, we are all excited, nervous, tense and, most of all, committed. The atmosphere at the Committee in Rio is of sheer enthusiasm, an electric buzz so particular to Brazilians. And I say that based on what I feel thousands of miles away, in London.

Mascot Vinicius at Sugar Loaf Mountain

Mascot Vinicius at Sugar Loaf Mountain

Of course we know that all the athletes are excited with the prospect of the 1st Olympic Games in South America. But I was actually very nicely surprised with the amazing video produced by New Zealand gang


Today Ayrton would have turned 55. Millions of fans have taken to twitter to celebrate his life, register their grief, pay their respects. I obviously share all of these. And more. Writing about him, it is writing about (part of) my own life as well: my feelings, my experiences, my professional life. I spent the entire week debating with myself whether to register anything on this day. I do not like to bring attention to myself; I really dislike people who try and be more important than the person they are actually working for/with (if you know what I mean). But only yesterday, after a talk with a Japanese producer for NHK, did I realise that what I am honestly not comfortable with is re living it all and, in the process, exposing myself and Ayrton.

The best friendship in F1. This was taken at Gerhard's birthday in 1993

The best friendship in F1. This was taken at Gerhard’s birthday in 1993

When I finally managed to watch the documentary – months after it had been out in the cinemas -, on video at home accompanied by a bottle of wine, I was actually watching my own little life film shown back to me. Well, an important, powerful and intense section of it, anyway. As the film went on, I was going through all my memories of every event; how Ayrton really felt going through them, the bits he shared with me, the laughs, rages and stresses all those occasions caused him and all of those around. I went through dozens of his facial expressions, his mannerisms, his deeply charismatic way. And I missed him like hell. Most of all, I feel achingly sorry for his lost life. For the first time in 20 years, it hurt again. And as I write that, it hurts again.

The only time I held that umbrella. A bit embarrassing, actually.

The only time I held that umbrella. A bit embarrassing, actually.

I took that at a testing in Silverstone 1991, I think

I took that at a testing in Silverstone 1991, I think

It is all so powerful, I feel I need to to share a bit. So here it is some personal photos. “Ayrton, F1 is SOOOOOOO boring without you. No personalities, no opinions, not one intense character. The whole world of motor racing miss you much more than they think. Personally, I repeat, I only feel a huge, deep loss for you at such a prime time in your personal trajectory”

Adriane Galisteu and I in a farewell dinner given by the McLaren mechanics for Ayrton , Australia 1993

Adriane Galisteu and I in a farewell dinner given by the McLaren mechanics for Ayrton , Australia 1993

Atleta Paralympica é sucesso na passarela

A velejadora Marinalva Almeida foi um sucesso no desfile do estilista Fernando Cozendey semana passada o que lhe rendeu ate’ convite para desfilar na Itália. Ela também e’ recordista brasileira de salto em distância e no dardo. E fazia corrida de rua de muletas. Ela perdeu a perna esquerda aos 15 anos depois de um acidente de moto em Campo Grande (MS)

Marinalva Almeida, 37 anos

Marinalva Almeida, 37 anos

“Eu aprendi a nadar depois do acidente. Fiz natação, tênis de mesa, arremesso de dardo, disco, peso e até halterofilismo. Queria me descobrir, saber o que eu podia e o que não podia”, conta.

Leia a matéria toda no


Of course I don’t claim to have seen everything that is out there of Ayrton. But adding what I did experience with him and all the material I have been shown and researched in the last 25 years, it comes to an awful lot of stuff. I sort of thought I had seen it all.

Here is a video of Ayrton in January 1994, enjoying a relaxing day of fishing with a friend of his father Milton. The audio is in Portuguese but you can have a really good idea of how relaxed and down to earth he could be and totally away from cameras. One of my readers, Petrus, posted on my blog and I thought I needed to share with Ayrton’s fans.

F1. Watch Jules Bianch’s video of the accident.

And here is the video that FOM told everybody did not exist – As once they said about Senna’s incur images. This was in youtube and taken out.

Accidents do happen. But I am worried about what some drivers have told the press: they were not asked about the decision to race or not if weather got worse! In other words: the decision whether drivers should risk their lives is still on the hands of the organisers.

And let’s not forget Nikki Lauda comment after retiring from a ‘rainy’ Japanese GP in 1976 and giving the title to James Hunt: “I am paid to race not to jump out of the window”


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