By Stephen Eisenhammer

Silence for Brazil! Crowd at blind soccer struggles with quiet

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Brazilian crowd was one of the quietest ever for their national soccer team, but it was still not quiet enough when the ball came into the box in the 29th minute. With Brazil trailing...

Friday, September 9, 2016, 10:41 PM

Rio to help cover deficit of local Olympic committee: mayor

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's City Hall will help cover the deficit of the local Olympic organizing committee if necessary, Mayor Eduardo Paes said in an interview on Tuesday, going back on assurances that the committee...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10:40 PM

Brazil soccer gold will be the memory Rio never forgets

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - In Brazil it will be the Olympic moment everyone remembers. Not Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, not American swimmer Michael Phelps, not even Thiago Braz da Silva falling from the night sky as...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 6:25 AM

Cycling: Britain's Kenny wins keirin gold to take haul to six

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Britain's Jason Kenny won the men's track cycling keirin on Tuesday, taking his gold medal haul to six and equaling Chris Hoy's record for the country's most...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6:02 AM

Cycling: Britain's Kenny wins keirin gold to take haul to six

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Britain's Jason Kenny won the men's track cycling keirin on Tuesday, taking his gold medal haul to six and equaling Chris Hoy's record for the country's most Olympic titles...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 4:06 AM

Beach volleyball: Brazil master wind to reach semis

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt moved one step closer to a men's Olympic beach volleyball gold medal, beating Nicholas Lucena and Phil Dalhausser of the United States in a...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 3:09 AM

Cycling: The Rio volunteer setting the pace for champions

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - He rides with champions but his name is not on any team list or competition schedule. Ivo Siebert, 35, a semi-professional who owns a bike shop in southern Brazil, is setting the pace for...

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 5:50 PM

Beach Volleyball: Brazil's Franca back from retirement to go for gold

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil beach volleyball great Larissa Franca had retired from the game when countrywoman Talita Rocha made her a offer in 2014 she could not refuse - playing in a home Olympics. "I asked if she...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 9:22 PM

Volleyball: Canada defeat U.S. in pool game upset

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Canada's male volleyball team sealed a huge upset on Sunday, defeating medal favorites United States in straight sets. Canada won the pool match 25-23, 25-17, 25-23, leaving the U.S. to rue poor...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 4:14 AM

Brazil settles early nerves to beat Mexico

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's male volleyball team settled early nerves to recover from a set down and beat Mexico in the first Olympic match for one of the host nation's best gold medal hopes. Mexico, rank...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 12:18 AM

Beach volleyball: Winning start for Brazil delights partisan crowd

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's male and female beach volleyball pairs made winning starts in their hunt for gold on Saturday, drawing on the loud home support to beat their Canadian and Czech Republic opponents on Copacabana's...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 6:19 AM

Beach volleyball: Winning start for Brazil delights partisan crowd

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's male and female beach volleyball pairs made winning starts in their hunt for gold on Saturday, drawing on the loud home support to beat their Canadian and Czech Republic opponents on Copacabana's...

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11:31 PM

IOC warned Rio on construction contracts five years ago: documents

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee warned organizers of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro five years ago that construction contracts they drew up could give developers incentives to cut corners,...

Friday, July 29, 2016, 5:34 AM

IOC warned Rio on construction contracts 5 years ago: documents

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee warned organizers of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro five years ago that construction contracts they drew up could give developers incentives to cut corners,...

Friday, July 29, 2016, 1:58 AM

Olympic plotters saw 'opportunity to reach paradise': prosecutor

By Stephen Eisenhammer CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - Twelve Brazilian suspects arrested for discussing a potential attack during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were "no joke," the prosecutor for the case told Reuters on Monday....

Monday, July 25, 2016, 4:56 PM

Rio risks empty Olympic legacy as real estate stalls

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - "Pure Island: a neighborhood born ready-made," reads the glitzy brochure for the 31 tower blocks built for $880 million to house athletes for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 7:22 AM

Rio's Olympic security force complains of lack of pay, beds

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Officers who form part of the security force for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are complaining about delayed salaries and unfurnished accommodations, where many are forced to sleep on the...

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 11:54 AM

Amazon jaguar shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 6:45 AM

Brazil judge in Batista case seen driving tycoon's seized Porsche

By Stephen Eisenhammer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Brazilian judge presiding over criminal proceedings against charismatic entrepreneur Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, was seen on Tuesday driving a Porsche belonging to the fallen tycoon that had been seized by the...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 2:19 AM