Copacabana Beach, the stage for beach volleyball at the 2016 Rio Olympics
2014 offers an eclectic group of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and must-see events, ranging from pivotal historical milestones, enticing cultural occasions to seminal sporting events from Winter Olympics in Sochi in Russia, the Marathon de Paris, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in Scotland and the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro (pictured).
#RIO2016 Allan do Carmo of Brazil aquatic marathon athlete on May 24 2016 in Salvador Brazil
A man has his feet washed on Copacabana beach on July 28, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The famed beach will host various Olympic events including beach volleyball, cycling, open water marathon and triathlon. August 5 marks the one-year mark to the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei de Lima holds the torch aloft before lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Credit: AP Images
Gold medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 10km Marathon Swimming on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya Galen Rupp of the United States and Feyisa Lilesa of…