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Olympic Torch Scales Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain

(Reuters)

The Olympic torch makes its way up Rio's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain in the final moments before the Opening Ceremony kicks off. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Story: The final moments of the Olympic torch relay took on radical heights on Friday, as it traveled atop a cable car up Rio's iconic Sugarloaf mountain en route to the official opening ceremony.

The spectacular view of Guanabara Bay and the Christ the Redeemer statue from the 395-meter (1,300-foot) mountain is a favorite among tourists visiting the city.

The long relay through 335 Brazilian cities and over 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) of Brazilian territory culminates on Friday night, when some three billion people across the world are expected to watch the opening ceremony.

One of the most anticipated moments will be seeing which famous Brazilian will light the Olympic cauldron. In a surprise announcement, representatives for soccer legend Pele said he would not be taking part.