Team USA marched into Fisht Olympic Stadium to thunderous applause during an Opening Ceremony choreographed to highlight centuries of Russian folklore and history.
Ten Soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program are in Sochi for the XXII Olympic Winter Games and WCAP bobsled driver Sgt. Nick Cunningham was among those smiling and waving to 40,000 spectators in the stadium and a worldwide television audience yesterday.
"I'm overwhelmed with joy and pride," Cunningham said after closely following the Stars and Stripes as Team USA -- decked out in blue star-studded jackets -- paraded into the ceremony.
Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin watched from a skybox. He welcomed the athletes from 97 nations and officially opened the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.