SOCHI, Russia -

The United States sent 230 athletes to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, the largest delegation ever for any country at the winter games.

While the American delegation outnumbers every other country, when it comes to spectators, the numbers just don't add up.

"It's very disheartening," said Harry Overend from Orlando, Florida. "I walk around here now, maybe out of a thousand people, I might see one American hat or something like that."

Government officials estimate that 15,000 Americans will make the trip to Sochi, but when taking a walk around the Olympic Park, finding anyone dawning the stars and stripes is more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack.

"I think I met two yesterday, and I met two today, when we went up to freestyle skiing they sat next to us," said Overend. "Other than that you don't see very many."

Last month the U.S. State Dept. issued a travel advisory for the Winter Games, cautioning travelers about terrorist-related concerns.

Coupled with the challenges of obtaining a visa and actually getting to Sochi are just some of the factors fans point to when talking about the lack of Americans at the games.

For Americans who decided to make the trip despite safety concerns, the State Dept. advises not to wear anything that would brand you as an American, especially when leaving the confines of the Olympic Park.