2022 Winter Olympics Are Almost Here

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The Beijing Winter Olympics is less than 100 days away
The Beijing Winter Olympics is less than 100 days away

The 2022 Winter Olympics will get underway just a few months after the conclusion of the Summer Olympics. The Beijing Games are set to start in February, six months following the closing ceremonies for this year’s Tokyo Games.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 4 at National Stadium, though preliminary events for the Olympics actually start two days earlier. Curling starts on Feb 2. Freestyle skiing and hockey events are set to take place on Feb. 3. 

The 2022 Games will end with the closing ceremony on Feb. 20. Athletes will compete in 109 medal events in 15 sports over the course of two and a half weeks.

Figure skating, arguably the most popular Winter Olympics event in the United States, starts Feb. 4. There will be 11 days of medal events, including each day from Feb. 14-19.

The women’s gold medal game for hockey is set for Feb. 17. The men’s hockey gold medal game takes place on Feb. 20.

Medal events for bobsledding are scheduled for Feb. 14, 19 and 20. 

There will be seven new events at the 2022 Games. Women’s monobob, mixed team snowboard cross, mixed team aerials and mixed team ski jumping are among the events that weren’t part of the Olympics in Pyeongchang four years ago. 

Norway led all countries at the 2018 Winter Olympics with 39 total medals and 14 gold medals. Germany also had 14 golds and finished second in the total medal count at 31. Canada was third with 29 medals and 11 golds, followed by the USA with 23 medals, eight of which were gold.

The Pyeongchang Games averaged nearly 20 million viewers in primetime over 18 nights. The U.S. women’s hockey team’s gold medal win and the U.S. men’s curling gold medal victory gave NBC Sports Network its two most-watched late-night shows ever.

Viewers can watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on the NBC family of TV networks or with live streams on Peacock and NBCSports.com. Click here to view the full schedule of events in Beijing.




Photo: AFP / Noel Celis

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