2. As a teenager, American flagbearer Mark Grimmette helped workers in his hometown of Muskegon, Mich., build a luge track. That is how he became a luger, a sport that has brought him to the Olympics five times.
4. When New Zealand's flagbearer, Julianne Bray, leads her delegation into the stadium, she will be wearing the Maori cloak that every Kiwi flagbearer has worn.
8. Two women are making Olympic firsts as flagbearers. Iranian Marjon Kalhor is not only the first female Winter Olympian to represent her country but also its first flagbearer. Japanese speedskater Tomomi Okazaki is the first woman to lead her country into the stadium for the Winter Games.
9. In total, you will see 82 flagbearers. Some, like Grimmette and Hughes, will lead large delegations into the Olympic Stadium. Others will lead small groups. But no matter the size of the team, as you watch tonight, remember that you're watching the world's best athletes in one of the best moments of their lives.