Watching the games through the eyes of a former Olympian

Posted: February 7, 2014 --- 11:00pm

Olympic excitement is contagious tonight, from Sochi to here in our area.

Athletes, from around the world, gathered Friday for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Meanwhile, fans and former Olympians watched on, including Verona’s own Casey FitzRandolph.

Despite winning Olympic gold in speedskating, FitzRandolph never attended an Olympic games opening ceremony. It's a decision, he says he's okay with. FitzRandolph decided never to attend in order to be physically prepared for speedskating, his shining Olympic moment he'd trained years for and didn't want to chance by standing for hours at the opening ceremony.

Despite that, FitzRandolph says he has a deep pride for the ceremony and all the athletes that attend. In fact, it's tradition for he, his family, and his friends to get together and watch the athletes strut their stuff, don their unique costumes, and attempt to handle the pressure.

"I love to watch the cameras on the athletes and watch the attitude, the demeanor, the posture” says FitzRandolph.

While some competition has already been held, the opening ceremony has always been a signal that the games are now in full swing.

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