Kristi Yamaguchi shares thoughts on Team USA figure skating
Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi is in Sochi and doing interviews with media from around the world. Kristi told Eyewitness News Anchor Scott Swan she gets "goose bumps" thinking about the Opening Ceremony.
"It's still one of the most vivid and fond memories I have from 1992. Just to put on Team USA and the Olympic rings is such a huge honor and it's a proud moment to represent your country. Especially when you hear the cheers. As United States is announced, you realized that you're part of the incredible group of athletes. It's not just figure skaters, but skiers and hockey players and bobsledders. It's so cool to come together and cheer each other on."
Kristi says Team USA has multiple hopes for gold medals in figure skating competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"There's additional medal opportunities in skating with the team competition. The U.S. has a little bit of ground to make up on. But, I would say a medal is still not out of the question yet. As far as the individual events - our brightest hope for a gold medal is with the dance team actually. Meryl Davis and Charlie White - they're current world champions and have been very strong all season long and starting to peak for this Olympic Games. Big hopes behind them. In the women's event, Gracie Gold, the current United States champion definitely has a chance to make the podium as well."