NBC (stupidly) decided to blackout live coverage of the opening games in the US. As much as I hate watching things after they happen, it was worth it: China did an amazing job. I have no doubt that the citizens of China and the millions of Chinese-Americans are feeling pretty proud.
The first memory I have of watching the Olympics was back in '96, when I was eight. I loved watching the opening ceremonies to see the parade of nations and to hear a little bit of their histories.
Personally, it was a moment of pride to hear the cheers for the US. I have to admit, I was afraid we'd be heckled.