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2022 Winter Olympics: Beijing Schedule of Dates, USA and UK TV Coverage

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 26, 2022

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Kronplatz, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)
Elvis Piazzi/Associated Press

In one week, the Games will be on. The 2022 Winter Olympics, which are taking place in Beijing, will get underway Feb. 2, with the Opening Ceremony occurring Feb. 4.

This is the second time that Beijing is hosting the Olympics, although it's the first time for the Winter Games. In 2008, China's capital city hosted the Summer Olympics.

As with the postponed 2020 Olympics, the Games will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Attendances will be be limited, while tickets will be distributed as "part of an adapted programme" and be invite-only. The athletes, meanwhile, will also have COVID-19 protocols to follow as part of a "closed-loop" system that separates those involved from the public.

Here's everything you need to know heading into the 2022 Winter Olympics.

                       

2022 Winter Olympics Info

Start Date: Wednesday, Feb. 2

End Date: Sunday, Feb. 20

Event Schedule: A full schedule of events can be found at Olympics.com.

TV: NBC (U.S.), USA Network (U.S.), BBC (UK), Eurosport (UK)

Live Stream: Peacock (U.S.), NBCOlympics.com (U.S.), BBC Sport (UK)

                        

There are seven sports that are part of the 2022 Winter Olympics—biathlon, bobsled, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing—and there will be a record 109 events across 15 disciplines.

Seven new events are being contested at the Games: freeski big air (men's and women's), women's monobob, mixed team snowboard cross, mixed team aerials, mixed team short track relay and mixed team ski jumping.

The Olympics will begin with curling matches Feb. 2. It's the only sport that will take place every day of the Winter Games, which run through Feb. 20.

Freestyle skiing and ice hockey will begin Feb. 3, joining curling as the events getting underway prior to the Opening Ceremony.

The first medals will be awarded Feb. 5, when athletes will be battling it out for the gold in biathlon, cross-county skiing, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, speed skating and short-track speed skating.

Among the top athletes to watch at this year's Winter Olympics are two American women: alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and snowboarder Chloe Kim.

Shiffrin won a gold medal at each of the previous two Winter Games. In 2014, she earned her first Olympic medal when she captured the gold in slalom. Four years later, she won the gold in giant slalom and took the silver in combined. 

At this year's Games, the 26-year-old is planning to compete in all five individual women's events for alpine skiing, giving her plenty of opportunities to add more Olympic gold in Beijing.

Kim was a breakout star at the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning the gold medal in women's halfpipe as a 17-year-old. Now 21, she will be looking to win that event for the second consecutive Games.

Shiffrin and Kim are two of the 223 athletes from the United States heading to the Winter Olympics. The team features 108 women, the second-most to compete for the U.S. at a single Games, according to Tom Schad of USA Today.

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