US athletes react to Sochi Opening Ceremony
Reactions to the Sochi Opening Ceremony:
Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), men's bobsled:
"The third is just as sweet as the first. The walk was my favorite part of course, and seeing the reaction of the first-timers."
Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.), men's bobsled:
"I'm overwhelmed with joy and pride as I put on my second Olympic uniform. So much sacrifice and effort went into this and I couldn't be happier."
Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.), women's bobsled:
"My favorite part was sharing it with first-timers Aja, Jamie and Jazmine. They were so fired up to walk in; it was truly an amazing moment. It was quite amazing to share this moment with a united team."
Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.), women's bobsled:
"It was spectacular. Everything was breathtaking from the lights, costumes, props, dancers and snow falling inside the stadium. It was such a special celebration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics."
Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.), women's bobsled:
"This is an amazing experience. The emotions I'm going through are indescribable. I'm reminiscing from my childhood watching it on TV saying, 'I'm going to be there some day, somehow,' to the years struggling to stay above water, literally, to tending to my sick mom to this very moment. I'm speechless. I got goose bumps and tears and just wanted to say, 'we made it USA, now let's get some hardware.'"
John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.), men's skeleton:
"Tonight is one of the best parts of the Olympic Games, walking into Opening Ceremony. I'm only 5'9," but tonight I will feel on top of the world as I represent the United States of America."
Jayson Terdiman (Berwick, Pa. and Lake Placid), doubles luge:
"It was crazy, man. The atmosphere throughout the team was incredible. We were waiting for about an hour and a half and we're taking pictures with each other, meeting each other. We were coming into the opening to walk in and we were all chanting 'USA-USA'. There was this huge camaraderie going. It pumps everybody up. It was a great way to start out the Games."
Matt Mortensen (Huntington Station, N.Y. and Lake Placid), dooubles luge;
"It was unbelievable. It was everything I wanted it to be. I was soaking in the moment, taking video, waving to the crowd, screaming. We had a couple of really good 'USA' chants going before we came in. It was incredible. I loved it."
Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, CO), Freestyle Skiing
I have never felt so good to represent America than tonight at the Opening Ceremony! That was insane! Go USA!
Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO), Snowboarding
Walking into the stadium is a crazy and powerful experience. It's unlike anything I've ever seen – as clichéd as it sounds. There's no other way of putting it.
Alex Deibold (Manchester, VT), Snowboarding
I've been dreaming about this moment for as long as I can remember, and all of the hard work I've put in over the years feels like it paid off the second I walked into the stadium. Definitely something I will always remember.
Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), Freestyle Skiing
The Opening Ceremony is the embodiment of everything Olympic. To me, wearing the same uniform as every other American athlete and walking into a stadium designed to celebrate the Olympic spirit is the moment I first truly feel like an Olympian.
Emily Cook (Belmont, MA), Freestyle Skiing
I am so excited to share this Opening Ceremony experience with an incredible team and the world! Tonight is the start of an amazing few weeks of competition and an opportunity to celebrate the years of training, ups and downs and all of the people it has taken to help each of us get here.
Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT), Freestyle Skiing
Walking into the stadium alongside all of Team USA is the pinnacle of any Olympic experience. The ceremony embodies the Olympic spirit and brings the entire movement together, which I think is pretty special. The only better moment I can think of is hearing the national anthem play with a gold medal around my neck.
Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID), Alpine Skiing
Very impressive. This is the best show I've ever seen. The Olympic spirit is certainly alive in Sochi.