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:
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?
*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!
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