When do the Winter Olympics start? Beijing 2022 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Date, Schedule and Events
The Winter Olympics begin in just under two weeks
Beijing will once again host an Olympics, but these Olympics will feature Kristen Santos, Cornelius Kersten and Eve Muirhead as snow hits the slopes for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
This event has already sparked controversy, with the International Olympic Committee being heavily criticized for allowing China to host the event.
Some countries have announced they will “boycott” the Games to oppose their views on human rights issues in China and in particular their treatment of Uyghur Muslims, who the United States says are victims of genocide in the country.
China also recently warned athletes they would be “punished” if they staged anti-Beijing protests during the Games.
The last Winter Olympics, held in 2018, was held in PyeongChang and saw Norway win 39 medals in total, including 14 gold, another 14 silver and 11 bronze.
Great Britain came 19th in the medal table with one gold and four bronze.
Lizzy Yarnold was Britain’s only gold medalist winning the top prize in the women’s skeleton event.
Yarnold has since retired from the sport, but became Britain’s most successful winter Olympian and is the most successful skeleton Olympian of all time from any nation.
Britain has sent a team to the Winter Olympics at every Games since they began in Chamonix, France, in 1924 and this year it is expected to send another team of around 50 athletes.
In total, Britain has won 32 medals in 23 Games – although seven more were won in 1908 and 2920 when figure skating was included in the Summer Olympics.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Winter Olympics…
When are the Winter Olympics?
The Games will begin on Friday February 4, 2022 with the Opening Ceremony. The event will run until February 20, 2022 and end with the closing ceremony.
Which countries are “boycotting” the Games?
So far, the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom are among the countries to have announced that they will not send diplomats to the Games.
Although athletes from these countries can still compete, no government representatives from these countries will be present.
Will Covid affect the Winter Olympics?
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will take place in a closed-loop system that only Games participants will be able to access.
This includes venues, official hotels and the event’s own transport service. All fully vaccinated participants will be able to enter the closed-loop areas without quarantine, while those who are not vaccinated will need to quarantine for 21 days upon arrival in Beijing.
Some countries, including the United States and Canada, have required all team members to be fully vaccinated.
There will be daily testing and health monitoring and participants will have no contact with the general public.
Which venues are used for the Winter Olympics?
Although the Chinese capital is the official host city, the event will take place in other venues, including the mountainous district of Yanqing, located 75 km northwest of Beijing.
The ski and snowboard destination of Zhangjiakou will also be used, 100 km beyond Yanqing.
The three venues are linked by a newly built intercity railway, but they also have their own Olympic Village.
The Beijing National Stadium, also called the Bird’s Nest, will host the opening and closing ceremonies.
What sports are involved in the Winter Olympics?
There are currently 15 sports involved in the Winter Olympics. These sports are:
- Alpine skiing
- cross-country skiing
- freestyle skiing
- Figure skating
- Ice Hockey
- Nordic combined
- Ski jumping
- Speed skating
- Short Track Speed Skating
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