“It’s hard to say what might happen,’’ McCormick said. “But the Opening Ceremony was packed. If that’s an indicator, I think things will be fine.’’
These Games offer any number of intriguing story lines, including the revival of decorated U.S. skier Bode Miller, who will try to win his sixth Olympic medal Sunday in the downhill at age 36 after missing last season because of a knee injury.
The hockey tournament is always uber-intense, and the U.S. women’s cross-country team has a legitimate shot to make history by winning its first Olympic medal.
The first official day of competition produced historic moments. Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer set an Olympic record in the men’s 5,000 meters in 6:10.76. And U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg claimed the first gold medal in men’s slopestyle, an event that made its Olympic debut. He became only the fourth U.S. athlete to win gold in the first medal event of the Winter Games.
A single sign that greeted fans at the cross-country venue perhaps best underscored the sense of relief that accompanied the start of competition.
“Hurray! You’ve made it!”