Mandi Bierly
February 12, 2010 AT 02:56 PM EST

The opening of the Winter Olympics (tonight, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC) is finally here! Today, Scott Hamilton, the 1984 men’s figure skating gold medalist who’s set to call his sixth Games, gives us 5 predictions for Vancouver:

1. Rain.

2. Controversy at some point at the Figure Skating Venue.

3. An unbelievable amount of media covering the Games. The ratio will be at least 10 media to 1 athlete.

4. Someone will start Curling because they were so inspired by what they saw in the Curling Events.*

5. Everyone watching will witness something so special that they will carry that memory with them for the rest of their lives. What other event does that?

Your predictions?

*Mandi: After the 2006 Olympics, I totally Googled to see if there was a curling club near me. The eldest member of Team USA is a curler, Tracy Sachtjen, who’ll turn 41 during the Games. The oldest male is also a curler, 40-year-old John Benton. Sochi 2014!

More picks from Scott Hamilton:

The 5 most memorable Olympic figure skating falls

The 5 times I was a little too excited in the broadcast booth

The 5 programs I would have skated

The 5 moments I’ll be on the edge of my seat in Vancouver

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