Supermodel Adriana Lima cries as she carries the Olympic torch through Rio the night before the Opening Ceremony
Adriana Lima is feeling the homeland pride.
It was a dream come true for Lima, who posted about the emotional experience on Instagram.
“I am grateful to experience this incredible honor and dream to carry the Olympic torch, so humbled to be carrying in my home country, Brazil #rio2016 #olimpíadas2016 #TEAMLIMA” she captioned the joyous photo.
Lima, who was born in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil, told PEOPLE that she was thrilled to show off her country to the world.
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“Brazilians are very passionate about sports, sports run in our blood!” she said, laughing. “We’re just so honored to have this huge event in our country. This way the whole world will have a chance to experience our culture up close.”
Lima, a die-hard soccer fan, is looking forward to seeing Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. play, “because he is the God of Brazilian soccer,” along with Michael Phelps.
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“He is such a talented swimmer and so strong,” Lima said. “I hope that I will have the chance to watch him up close.”
But the first order of business when she touched down in Brazil was hiking up to the Christ the Redeemer statue for a little meditation.
“It’s a tradition that I have, every time I go there, I pass by and see the city,” she said. “It’s a time that I [can be] thankful for everything in my life.”
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin Friday on NBC.