Six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick led Team USA amidst a thunderous applause from the packed crowd at the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony Friday at Fisht Stadium in Sochi. (Getty Images/AFP/Andrej Isakovic)
SOCHI, Russia (Feb. 7) – Six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) led Team USA amidst a thunderous applause from the packed crowd at the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony Friday at Fisht Stadium in Sochi. Team USA’s 230 athletes is the largest team to ever participate in any Olympic Winter Games. Coverage of the Opening Ceremony airs on NBC at 8:30 p.m. EST.
Six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) led Team USA amidst a thunderous applause from the packed crowd at the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony Friday at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
Team USA’s 230 athletes is the largest team to ever participate in any Olympic Winter Games.
The elaborate show kicked off with fireworks, indoor falling snow and a snowflake Olympic ring display before the impressive march of nations. Following was a high-tech, ballet-inspired interpretation of Russia’s history complete with adaptations of classical Russian music that mesmerized the packed stadium.
The opening of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was capped off by an impressive Olympic Cauldron lighting and dazzling fireworks display inside and outside of Fisht Stadium.
Complete coverage of the spectacular Opening Ceremony airs on NBC at 8:30 p.m. EST.
QUOTES Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT), Ski Jumping It’s such an amazing feeling. It really is emotional because everything you have done leads up to this moment. It's everything I have dreamed of for the past five years and specifically the last 6 months.
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!
Devin Logan (West Dover, VT), Freestyle Skiing Words can't describe what I witnessed live with my own eyes! It was the coolest experience of my life.
Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO), Snowboarding That was definitely one of the most amazing things I've ever done. I think the fact that I'm at the Olympics has finally set in.
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.
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT), Freestyle Skiing The Opening Ceremony was one of my favorite things to watch growing up! Walking in the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver is one of my favorite memories, and it is the first time I truly felt like an Olympian! The Opening Ceremony marks the start of the world coming together for something so positive in this world and I am honored to be an athlete representing the USA here in Sochi!
Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT), Freestyle Skiing The Opening Ceremony is something that I always would watch over the years. I can remember every one of them very well, too. As a spectator, it was the start of something very special. I was always so inspired after watching. The Opening Ceremony here in Sochi was when I finally realized the amazing accomplishment of being 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.
Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN), Cross Country Skiing It was such a rush! I can't keep the smile off my face! I feel so much pride for the USA!
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.
Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) Alpine Skiing I have big chills!