Three months to Sochi 2014, it is perfectly understandable for Canadians to be caught up in the excitement of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.

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However, some 11,000 kilometres away from the Russian city on the Black Sea, hosts of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro marked a special occasion on Saturday. It is 1000 days to Rio 2016.

Here are some images as our athletes countdown to the next Olympic Summer Games.

03-Maracana

The Maracanã stadium and the Maracanãzinho gymnasium are part of the Maracanã Zone (Rio de Janeiro State Government/Erica Ramalho).

05-Maracana

The world famous Maracanã stadium will be the stage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Portal da Copa/Alexandre Macieira).

06-Copacabana

One of Rio’s most famous postcards, the Copacabana Beach (Rio 2016/ BCMF Arquitetos).

07-Lagoa

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas will be home to rowing and canoe slalom (Rio 2016/ BCMF Arquitetos).

15AthletesVillage

The Athletes Village will hold 31 buildings and host 17,000 people during the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Municipal Olympic Company/Renato Sette Camara).

08-Sambodromo

Sambódromo is the stage of the world famous Carnival of Rio. It will host the archery tournament and the start and finish of the marathon (Rio 2016/ BCMF Arquitetos).

09-OlympicStadium

Stage of the athletics competition, the Olympic stadium was initially built for the 2007 Pan American Games (Rio 2016/LUMO Arquitetura).