The 2022 Beijing Olympics are less than 100 days away, scheduled to begin Friday, February 4, and end on Sunday, February 20, just six months after the Tokyo Olympics.
If that seems soon, it is. The Winter Olympics remained on schedule even as the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games were postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This will be the first time China has hosted the Winter Olympics. Beijing was the host city for the Summer Olympics in 2008, when their opening ceremony stunned the world.
This time, as in Tokyo, COVID-19 will be front of mind. Athletes must be vaccinated or face a three-week quarantine. Daily COVID tests will be mandatory, and athletes will be restricted in their travels. Spectators are allowed, but only from mainland China.
|Event||Winter Olympics 2022|
|Date||4th February to 20th February 2022|
|Teams||109 in 7 sports|
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- 1 When do the Beijing Olympics start?
- 2 Who are some Team USA athletes competing in Beijing?
- 3 How can I watch the Beijing Olympics?
- 4 What events are at the Winter Olympics?
- 5 When is figure skating at the Beijing Olympics?
- 6 What is the Beijing Olympics schedule?
- 7 What is the Beijing Olympics mascot?
When do the Beijing Olympics start?
The opening ceremony is planned for Friday, February 4. Beijing is 12 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone, so similar to Tokyo, you can expect to see evening events such as the Opening Ceremony live in the morning, and vice versa.
Beijing organizers teased “a splendid Beijing 2022 opening ceremony” that will keep COVID-19 safety in mind.
Who are some Team USA athletes competing in Beijing?
Olympic trials will happen closer to the games in 2022, so it’s not yet decided who will head to Beijing. However, here are a few U.S. athletes to watch:
- Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing: Shiffrin won gold in both Sochi and PyeongChang and would be a medal contender in all five individual alpine skiing events should she decide to enter them.
- Shaun White, snowboarding: The three-time gold medalist would make history with a fourth. White took more than three years off from competition after PyeongChang in 2018, but returned to competition in March.
- Nathan Chen, figure skating: Chen is a gold medal favorite who finished fifth in PyeongChang but has won three consecutive world championships. With both parents born in China, Beijing is an especially meaningful host city.
- Chloe Kim, snowboarding: Kim made history in PyeongChang at 17 as the youngest competitor to win gold on halfpipe.
- Lolo Jones, bobsled: Jones clipped the final hurdle in Beijing in the 2008 Olympics. Now the reigning world champion in two-woman bobsled with Kaillie Humphries, Jones has an opportunity to win gold in the same city — in a different sport — nearly 14 years later.
- Colby Stevenson, freestyle skiing: Stevenson should be a top contender in slopestyle in his Olympic debut.
- Toby Miller, snowboarding: Beijing would be Miller’s first Olympics, but he’s mentored by veteran White.
- Abby Roque, hockey: Roque is considered the best women’s hockey player in the U.S. The United States team won gold in PyeongChang.
- Alysa Liu, figure skating: The two-time national figure skating champion was the youngest ever at 13. Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski called her “the future of U.S. women’s skating.”
- Vincent Zhou, figure skating: Zhou finished seventh at PyeongChang but is aiming higher in Beijing.
- Red Gerard, snowboarding: Gerard won gold at just 17 in PyeongChang, making him the youngest American man to win winter gold since 1928.
- Sylvia Hoffman and Josh Williamson, bobsled: Both Hoffman and Williamson competed on “The Next Olympic Hopeful” reality show, after switching to bobsled from college basketball and lacrosse, respectively.
- Erin Jackson, speedskating: Jackson qualified for PyeongChang after just four months of training and is the first Black woman to compete on the U.S. long track speedskating team.
- Paula Moltzan, alpine skiing: If she qualifies, the 27-year-old would be the oldest American woman to debut in the Olympics for Alpine Skiing in 70 years.
How can I watch the Beijing Olympics?
NBC is home to the Olympics, so tune into your local NBC station for primetime coverage at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT). You can also watch the games on the streaming service Peacock, NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports. Watch TODAY and TODAY All Day for the latest news and interviews from those early morning events.
You can also expect an Olympic channel on Sling TV, Olympics coverage on YouTube TV and access with a Hulu + Live TV subscription.
What events are at the Winter Olympics?
The 2022 Beijing Olympics are scheduled to include a record 109 events in seven sports: biathalon, bobsledding, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating (which includes figure skating and speed skating), and skiing (which includes snowboarding and ski jumping).
Seven new events were added for Beijing 2022: men’s and women’s big air freestyle, women’s monobob (or single person bobsled), mixed team competitions in freestyle skiing aerials, ski jumping, and snowboard cross, and a mixed relay in short track speed skating.
The mixed-gender events are one of the International Olympic Committee’s ways of adding more women’s events. Beijing’s competitors are set to be 45 percent female, a winter Olympics record.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang included mixed-doubles curling and alpine team skiing, four years after the debut of mixed-gender events in biathlon, luge and figure skating.
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo also added six new events featuring men and women competing on the same teams in swimming, track, triathlon, archery, judo and table tennis.
When is figure skating at the Beijing Olympics?
Olympic figure skating begins on Friday, Feb. 4 with men’s team skating and continues through an exhibition gala on Feb. 20.
- Friday, Feb 4: Team events: men’s single skating; ice dance – rhythm dance; pair skating – short program
- Saturday, Feb. 6: Team events: women’s single skating; pair skating – free skating
- Monday, Feb. 7: Team events: men’s single Skating; ice dance – free dance; women’s single skating (medal events)
- Tuesday, Feb. 8: Men’s single skating – short program
- Thursday, Feb. 10: Men’s single skating – free skating (medal event)
- Saturday, Feb. 12: Ice dance – rhythm dance
- Monday, Feb. 14: Ice dance – free dance (medal event)
- Tuesday, Feb. 15: Women’s single skating – short program
- Wednesday, Feb. 16: Women’s single skating – free skating (medal event)
- Friday, Feb. 18: Pair skating – short program
- Saturday, Feb. 19: Pair skating – free skating (medal event)
- Sunday, Feb. 20: Exhibition gala
What is the Beijing Olympics schedule?
Find the full Winter Olympics schedule at NBCOlympics.com, or check for individual sports.
- Alpine skiing
- Cross-country skiing
- Freestyle skiing
- Figure skating
- Ice hockey
- Nordic combined
- Ski jumping
- Speed skating
- Short track speed skating
What is the Beijing Olympics mascot?
Beijing’s Olympics mascot is Bing Dwen Dwen, a wide-eyed panda in a suit of ice.
“‘Bing’ means ice and also symbolizes purity and strength, and ‘Dwen Dwen’ represents children,” the International Olympic Organization said in a statement announcing the news. “The mascot embodies the strength and willpower of athletes and will help to promote the Olympic spirit.”
The heart shape in the panda’s paw represents hospitality, and the bright colors around its face resemble ice and snow tracks. Bing Dwen Dwen is accompanied by the Paralympic mascot, Shuey Rhon Rhon, “a lantern child ready to welcome friends from around the world,” the IOC said.
When are the next Olympics?
We’ve been spoiled with back-to-back Olympics. After Beijing, we’ll have to wait two years for the Paris Summer Olympics. The next Olympics are:
- Beijing Winter Olympics 2022
- Paris Summer Olympics 2024
- Milan Winter Olympics 2026
- Los Angeles Summer Olympics 2028
- 2030 Winter Olympics (host unknown)
- Brisbane Summer Olympics 2032