As the London 2012 closing ceremonies wrap up, Olympic junkies turn their sights to the southern hemisphere, where Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host the 2016 Summer Games.
Well, technically they will be the 2016 Winter Games. After all, seasons are relative when it comes to international sporting events, and Brazil's winter will end on September 22nd, making the 2016 Olympics the first-ever Summer Games played entirely during winter.
But don't cancel your plane tickets, folks.
Rio de Janeiro has a tropical savanna climate, meaning summer will still be summer in August of 2016. Even more conveniently for U.S. fans, Rio de Janeiro is only one hour ahead of East Coast Standard time, which will making watching events live much easier.
This will be the first time ever that a country in South America has hosted the Olympics, leaving Africa as the only inhabited continent to never host the Games.
Concerns have been raised about Brazil's infrastructure and whether or not it will be able to accommodate an Olympic-sized tourism boom. But the Brazilian Olympic committee has been paying attention in London 2012 and is confident that what they have learned in the past couple weeks will help them in 2016.
One thing is for sure, Brazilians know how to party, so expect the hosts to blast the recently exposed Olympic Athlete party culture to the moon. The streets and beaches of Rio de Janeiro are famous for their wild parties, both organized and impromptu. If there's one Olympics for U.S. fans to attend, it may very well be in 2016.
Besides beaches and bikinis, what else can fans look forward to in 2016?