USA has the largest contingent for any Winter Olympics with 242 athletes
Team USA entered the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony to PSY’s hit ‘Gangnam Style’.
Today marks the official start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. For the next few weeks, the Pyeongchang Olympic village will be home to 3,894 athletes and team officials, while a second village in Gangneung is accommodating over than 2,900 personnel.
To mark the start of the 23rd Winter Olympics, the opening ceremony was held at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, a temporary venue that can seat 35,000 people.
In keeping with olympic traditions, Greece was the first to enter the Parade of Nations, as the rest followed in alphabetical order.
When Team USA appeared in the first half of the order, PSY’s international Korean pop hit ‘Gangnam Style’ was played throughout the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.
U.S.A. walked in to Gangnam Style and they’re wearing horrible gloves that I want. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/yi18kdXw9u
— Dustin (@DustinGiebel) February 9, 2018
Team USA has 242 athletes attending this year’s winter olympics, making it the largest contingent for any Winter Olympics.
A number of American athletes shared their excitement on Twitter. Speedskater Aaron Tran, snowboarder Shaun White, hockey players Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan and bobsledders Langton and Nick Cunningham all posted on social media whilst at the event.
Ayyyyyyyy. Team 🇺🇸 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/8Lijr3Vk6E
— Hilary Knight (@HilaryKnight) February 9, 2018
#TeamUSA is in the 🏠 at #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/mrul5BfldZ
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) February 9, 2018
.@TeamUSA entering the #OpeningCeremony from @shaunwhite's point of view! #BestOfUS pic.twitter.com/vdBWCMIVBp
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 9, 2018
Feelings and emotions I can’t begin to explain. So much pride. So much honor. Let the games begin. #TeamUSA #Pyeongchang2018 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/QR0kBCkxL9
— Meghan Duggan (@mduggan10) February 9, 2018
What a fantastic #openingceremony. Well done, #pyeongchang2018. Let the Games begin. #TeamUSA is ready. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/epD7iEiTuX
— Steven Langton (@StevenLangton) February 9, 2018
The energy and pride while walking was unimaginable! I'm so proud to have been able to walk at Opening Ceremony! Let the Games begin! #pyeongchang2018 #Olympics #TeamUSA #proud #openingceremony pic.twitter.com/WysXOoFXD5
— Aaron Tran (@AaronVaughnTran) February 9, 2018