SOCHI -- Tonight, millions will watch the opening ceremonies of the 2014 winter Olympics.
Russia Takes Center Stage: Preview of Ceremony
More than 3,000 athletes will compete in the games this year. The majority won't go home with a medal. But one thing they can always look back on are the memories of representing their country in the opening ceremonies.
2014 Winter Olympics: Coverage from Sochi
Channel 3's Sara Shookman is in Sochi, and spoke with Olympian Kelly Gunther. The first-time member of the U.S. women's speed skating team grew up in Lorain.
Gunther weighed in on the uniform that Team USA will wear during tonight's ceremonies, which has been raising criticism. Some have called them "loud," and even compared them to "ugly sweaters." Gunther however, says they are special to her:
"At the end of the day, your flags on the back of it, you're representing your country, so it's a pretty cool sweater to me."
The opening ceremony uniforms are once again designed by Ralph Lauren, but this year they were manufactured in the USA. During the London games, there was a lot of controversy over the fact that the uniforms were made in China.
As far as who will light the Olympic cauldron, many expected it to be a high-profile Russian athlete. Instead, reports indicate that Olympic gold-medal winning rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva might be the torchbearer. She is rumored to be dating Russian president Vladimir Putin. Kabaeva is currently a parliament member for the United Russia party.
The opening ceremonies are also expected to include an impressive display of Russian history and culture, with vibrant colors, music and dancing.
Two other athletes with Ohio ties, Kelli Stack and Brianne McLaughlin, may not attend tonight's ceremony. The entire USA women's hockey team may skip the event because of a big game against Finland early Saturday morning.
Coverage of the opening ceremonies starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight, on Channel 3 and NBC, your official home of the Olympic games.