MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Olympic torch is still making its way through Brazil to Maracana Stadium, and one former Olympian, who now calls Myrtle Beach home, will help it get there.
Tatiana Lemos de Lima is originally from Brazil. She's been living along the Grand Strand since her appearances as a swimmer in the Olympic games in Athens and Beijing.
Now she will get the opportunity to be an Olympic torch bearer and a spectator at the 2016 games.
"The pre-Olympics, when you are swimming you want that to come, but at the same point you have kind of a fear," Lima said. "So it's like it's a different feeling. I want to go...I want it to start because i have no pressure."
For Lima, the 2016 Olympic games in Rio will be a whole new experience.
"I'm super excited because I've been on two Olympic games and because the swimming is always on the first day, so I never had a chance to go to the opening ceremony," Lima said. "You know the torch is going through the country...It's a huge thing and to have the opportunity to be one of those people and be a part of that knowing the feeling of being on the Olympics before...it's amazing," Lima said.
She tries to imagine what her moment will be like, but all she can compare it to is her two appearances as an Olympic swimmer in Athens and Beijing.
"I think it will be a different kind of fun...when you're competing you are focused on what you are doing and you have a schedule for everything," Lima said. "You have time to sleep, time to eat, time to go to practice, time to compete...so your life is like you're not choosing what you want to do. You know that, and you're there for that, but now I can do whatever I want."
Lima says she owes a lot of her life to swimming, and she's now giving back by coaching other young swimmers in Myrtle Beach.
"I really like the challenge...swimming is like a sport you do by yourself," Lima said. "You have a team to support you. You have your coach and all the staff, but you are alone...That helps you to know yourself better."
She has been trying to instill that same love for the sport in the kids that look up to her now and sharing her story of becoming an Olympian.
"You work so hard for that. It's like life," Lima said. "Since I was a kid I wanted to go to the Olympics."
This time around, in Rio, the pressure and stress will be lifted from her shoulders as she makes her way through the streets of Brazil carrying the Olympic torch.
"There's a lot of people carrying, but there are a lot of people not carrying as well," Lima said. "I'm so grateful for that. Maybe I will enjoy more, I don't know...I'll let you know when I come back."
Lima will carry the torch on Friday just hours before the opening ceremony.