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This week ahead: XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Your local NBC affiliate is where you will find the XXII Winter Olympics. Friday will be the Opening Ceremony. Look for more than 2,500 athletes, representing 88 nations, as they come into Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Winter Olympics begin this week in Sochi, Russia.
Winter Olympics begin this week in Sochi, Russia.Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

A few sportswriters are taking time to bring us a look at the USA athletes to watch this year. Three cheers for the red, white and blue!