The countdown to the Winter Olympics is on.
In a few days, the Games will begin as athletes from around the world arrive in Beijing with hopes of winning gold. The opening ceremony will take place on February 4, just six months after the closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
After hosting the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is set to become the first city to host both the summer and winter editions of the Games.
Team USA will once again travel to East Asia to compete in the Olympics, this time trading surfboards for snowboards, sneakers for ice skates and skateboards for skis.
Here’s everything you need to know about when Beijing Olympics 2022 will begin, events athletes will attend, Chicago-area athletes you can lean on, COVID-19 protocols at the Games, Super Bowl Sunday overlap, and more:
When do the 2022 Beijing Olympics start?
The 2022 Beijing Olympics will start on February 4 and run until February 20. The Games will coincide with the host country’s most important holiday, the Chinese New Year, which begins on February 1, 2022.
The competition will actually start before the opening ceremony. This means that in Chicago, the first Olympic event can be watched as early as Wednesday.
The Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 4 to 13, 2022.
Where are the Winter Olympics in 2022?
The 2022 Olympics are taking place in Beijing, China. The competition will be divided into three zones: Central Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.
The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as four snow events (men’s and women’s big air snowboarding and freestyle skiing big air) and all ice events (curling, ice hockey and skating), will take place in the center of Beijing.
Yanqing, a district in the suburbs of Beijing, will host all the alpine skiing and sliding events (bobsleigh, skeleton and luge). Finally, the Chongli district of Zhangjiakou — a popular ski destination — will host the rest of the snow events (snowboarding, freestyle skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon).
What is the date of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games?
The opening ceremony of the Beijing Games will take place on February 4, 2022. The event will be held at the Beijing National Stadium (commonly known as the Bird’s Nest).
How many events will there be in Beijing?
The Beijing Olympics will feature 109 events in 15 disciplines across seven winter sports. Here is a breakdown of the sports featured at the 2022 Olympics:
- Bobsled (bobsled and skeleton)
- Ice Hockey
- Skating (figure skating, short track speed skating and speed skating)
- Skiing (alpine, cross-country, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding)
The Beijing Games will feature seven new Olympic Winter events. Newly added events include women’s monobob, freestyle skiing big air (men’s and women’s) and mixed team events of short track speed skating, ski jumping, freestyle ski jumping and team relay. snowboardcross.
Who are the names of the USA team to watch at the 2022 Olympics?
The United States will send nearly 80 athletes to compete in Beijing, including some familiar faces.
Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin will be looking to add to her medal tally at her third Olympics. Shiffrin won gold in Sochi and added two more medals in PyeongChang.
Veteran curler John Shuster, from Wisconsin, has represented Team USA at every Winter Games since 2006 and will seek his second Olympic gold in Beijing.
Snowboarding star Chloe Kim will be competing in her second Olympic Games after making history at the PyeongChang 2018 Games as the youngest competitor to win halfpipe gold. In addition to her Olympic gold medal, Kim is also a six-time X Games gold medalist.
Check out other Team USA athletes you should know ahead of the Beijing Games here.
Here are five athletes to watch at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Which Team USA athletes are from the Chicago area?
An elite group of local athletes are making their mark at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The Chicago area is well represented at the Games this winter, with athletes from the city and suburbs playing multiple sports.
Repeat Olympians like Kendall Coyne-Schofield, Hilary Knight, Jason Brown, Alexa Knierim, Kevin Bickner and more will return to Team USA alongside exciting newcomers.
See the full list of local athletes here.
Figure skater Jason Brown will make his second Olympic appearance in Beijing in February. Find out his answers in this series of quick questions from eight years ago and his current questions.
What are the COVID rules, protocols for the 2022 Winter Olympics?
Olympic athletes, team staff and journalists who will attend the Beijing Olympics must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or subject to a 21-day quarantine, according to the International Olympic Committee.
Exceptions to the vaccination rule will be assessed “on a case-by-case basis, based on medical reasons”.
Team USA need not worry, however, after the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced it would require all athletes, coaches and staff to be vaccinated before Beijing.
In addition to the vaccine mandate, daily coronavirus PCR tests will also be required.
Will Super Bowl Sunday 2022 overlap with the Beijing Olympics?
the The 2022 Super Bowl will take place during the next Winter Olympics. Super Bowl LVI will be played in Los Angeles on February 13, 2022, right in the middle of the Beijing Games.
For the first time in league history, the NFL season has been extended to 18 weeks, pushing back the big game. NBC, which televises both the big game and the Olympics, commented on the overlap and how it will affect coverage of both events.
“We’ve been in constant communication with our partners about this change, and we’re excited for the unprecedented opportunity to bring America’s two biggest media events to the table simultaneously,” NBC said.
“We will promote the Super Bowl during the first week of the Olympic Winter Games, and we will promote the second week of the Olympic Winter Games during the Super Bowl. It’s a victory for us, our partners, the advertisers and certainly the viewers. »
How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on NBC and Peacock
NBCUniversal will feature a Winter Olympics record of over 2,800 hours of coverage on NBC, Peacock, USA Network, CNBC, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app when the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China , will begin in February.
In a first for the Winter Olympics, but similar to its coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, NBCU will provide unprecedented full-day coverage of the opening ceremony on Friday. February 4 on NBC and Peacock. The day will include live coverage in the morning, followed by a special edition of TODAY, an Olympics preview show in the afternoon and an enhanced primetime presentation of the opening ceremony, with particular emphasis on the American team.
As with the recent Winter Olympics, broadcast network NBC will offer 18 nights of prime-time coverage, starting Thursday, February 3, the day before the opening ceremonies. USA Network, the new home of many of NBC Sports’ biggest events, will be the cable home of the Winter Games, offering coverage Feb. 2-20. Additionally, Peacock will livestream all Winter Olympics coverage on its premium tier and immediately host replays of all competitions to ensure fans won’t miss a moment.
More information on how to watch the Games here.