TODAY anchors predict most talked-about athletes, must-have souvenir, more at Sochi Olympics


The Winter Olympics in Sochi are set to kick off on Friday, but the TODAY anchors and USA TODAY are already making their predictions about what some of the most exciting moments will be.

When it comes to who the most talked-about athlete will be, Willie has his bet on downhill skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Al guesses the buzz will be around Lolo Jones

In the swag department, Natalie predicts TODAY's Olympic pin will be the must-have souvenir of the Games, while Al's pick is Matt's Luge-A-Thong (remember the hilarious moment from Torrino in 2006?).

And to start the games, USA TODAY's Arienne Thompson thinks newbie women's ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson will carry the flag in for Team USA.  

Visit USA TODAY to cast your vote in our fun Take Your Pick prediction series.