He and she said

February, 7, 2014
Feb 7
10:10
PM ET
There is something special about the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. It touches the casual observer, the fan and even the athlete. The U.S. Olympic Committee sent out these reactions from American athletes after Friday night's ceremonies in Sochi:

Team USAYuri Kadobnov/Getty ImagesTeam USA flag bearer Todd Lodwick leads his American delegation during the Opening Ceremony.
Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), 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, Colo.), 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.”

Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, Utah), Ski Jumping
“Such an amazing feeling. It really is emotional because everything in sport you have done leads up to this moment. It's everything I have dreamed of for the past five years and specifically the last six months.”

Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.), 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!”

Lanny Barnes (Durango, Colo.), Biathlon
"I don't think the excitement of walking into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony has changed after my third Olympics. There is something truly special about putting on the Team USA gear and walking in behind the flag. It gives me goose bumps every time I think about it. I can think of no greater honor in sports."

Erik Fisher (Middleton, Idaho), Alpine Skiing
"That was very impressive -- the best show I've ever seen. The Olympic spirit is certainly alive in Sochi."

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, Mont.), 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, Mont.), 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, Mass.), 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, Conn.), 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.”

Jessica Schultz (Anchorage, Alaska), Curling
“The energy and emotion we feel walking with the rest of Team USA is a perfect start to this amazing experience.”

Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.), 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.”

Debbie McCormick (Madison, Wis.), Curling
“There is nothing more exciting than walking hand-in-hand with my teammates in the Olympic Opening Ceremony! My heart is filled with stars and stripes, joy and excitement.”

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