In Photos: Construction Continues Ahead of Rio Olympics

As Rio prepares to host the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, slums are being torn down, stadiums are being built, and the city is being "transformed" to accommodate thousands of new visitors.

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In this July 22, 2015 photo, a worker toils in the construction of the Carioca Arena 1, for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics offer 28 sports, 300 events, 10,500 athletes and, with the exception of five football venues, it's all packed into Rio for 17 days. The Paralympics add two more weeks, and thousands more athletes. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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In this July 22, 2015 photo, a worker toils in the construction of the Carioca Arena 1, for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics offer 28 sports, 300 events, 10,500 athletes and, with the exception of five football venues, it's all packed into Rio for 17 days. The Paralympics add two more weeks, and thousands more athletes.
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In this July 22, 2015 photo, a journalist walks in the Future Arena which will host the handball competition during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With a year to go before the Rio Olympics open, organizers struggle to have all the buildings completed, clean the water in several badly polluted venues for rowing and sailing, and get an efficient transportation network in place to tame one of the world's most congested cities.
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In this July 23, 2015 photo, Marina da Penha, who doesn't want to leave her house, looks the Olympic Park construction site from her home, at the Vila Autodromo slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A large section of the Olympic Park will be developed as residential space. Some of that space has yet to be vacated with residents of Vila Autodromo holding out for better compensation.
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In this July 23, 2015 photo, boys fly kite at the Vila Autodromo slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The slum is being demolished to build part of the Olympic Park for the 2016 Rio Olympics, with some residents holding out for better compensation from the city.
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In this July 20, 2015 photo, shows the Youth Arena that will host several events for the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. About 150,000 Brazilian police and soldiers were used during the World Cup. Several reports have suggested Rio will use about 60,000 troops, police, firemen and private guards to keep order.
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In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Antonio, member of the Rio de Paz NGO places a flower at the memorial for cyclist Jaime Gold, at the place where he was stabbed to death at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Street crime in Rio has spiked. Knifings and muggings are increasingly taking place in the upscale south and west of the city, which will host most of the Olympics.
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In this April 13, 2015 file photo, dead fish float at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The rowing and canoeing venue for the 2016 Rio Olympics will be held at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, which is a beautiful locale spoiled by sewage-filled water and floating debris.
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Construction continues at the Tennis Center at the Olympic Park for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 27, 2015. A last-minute rush seems inevitable, and late work is sure to drive up costs.
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Crews work on the construction of the Carioca Arenas at the Olympic Park for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 27, 2015. Part of the Olympic Park will serve afterward as Brazil's Olympic training center, mostly for elite athletes.
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In this July 23, 2015 photo, shows the Athletes' Village under construction, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Athletes' Village is one of two high-profile legacy projects, which are primarily real estate developments anchored by luxury apartments.
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In this July 22, 2015 photo, personnel work at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once the Olympics are over, luxury housing units at the golf course will be sold. The project involve public and private money, with much of the income going to the private developers.
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In this July 23, 2015 photo, a heavy machinery loads debris from a demolished house at the Vila Autodromo slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 23, 2015. It will take years to know if the Olympics improved life for Rio's 12 million residents, and who profited most from $12 billion in public and private spending.
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The Olympic golf course is seen under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 27, 2015. The golf course is part of two high-profile legacy projects that also includes the Athletes' Village, which are primarily real estate developments anchored by luxury apartments.
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In this July 22, 2015 photo, personnel work on the Carioca Arena 1, for the 2016 Rio Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The head of the local organizing committee Carlos Nuzman says Rio will be the Olympic city with the "greatest transformation," surpassing Tokyo in 1964 and Barcelona in 1992.
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In this July 20, 2015 photo, Personnel work at the Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Construction for the Olympics got off to a slow start, and so did ticket sales.
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In this July 22, 2015 photo, personnel work at the Carioca Arena 1, that will host basketball during the 2016 Olympic games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics offer 28 sports, 300 events, 10,500 athletes and, with the exception of five football venues, it's all packed into Rio for 17 days. The Paralympics add two more weeks, and thousands more athletes.
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In this July 22, 2015 photo, a worker paints a wall at the Future Arena which will host handball during the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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