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Americas Hoping for Games glory, Rio residents still vaulting local hurdles

Many are somewhat optimistic, even as every misstep on the path to the Olympics is a reminder of how Brazil's seemingly endless upward trajectory of years past is now a memory.

It wasn’t long ago that Lucia Andrade, a nutritionist and university professor here in Rio, was purely optimistic about her city playing host to the 2016 Olympic Games.

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