It would really feel just like the Summer Olymipcs just ended, however the Winter Video games are already simply across the nook.
The 2022 Beijing Olympics are rapidly approaching, and so they’ll be the third consecutive Video games to be held in Asia, following the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and the Tokyo Video games, which had been postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to COVID-19.
As one other version of the Olympics nears, this is every little thing you could learn about when and the place the Beijing Video games will happen, the COVID-19 protocols that will likely be in place and when you’ll watch Chloe Kim, Mikaela Shiffrin and the remainder of Crew USA compete for gold.
When do the Winter Olympics begin?
The opening ceremony of the Beijing Video games is slated for Feb. 4, lower than six months after the closing ceremony of the Summer time Video games in Tokyo.
It is going to be the primary time in three a long time that the Summer time and Winter Olympics will happen lower than a 12 months aside. The 2 occasions was held in the identical calendar 12 months however have taken place in alternate even-numbered years since 1994.
The closing ceremony for the Beijing Video games will happen on Feb. 20.
The place are the 2022 Winter Olympics being held?
Beijing received the correct to host the 2022 Winter Video games in a good race over Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Oslo, Norway, was the opposite finalist however withdrew its bid due to a scarcity of public assist.)
Whereas Beijing could have its identify on the occasion, the Video games venues will likely be unfold throughout three distinct areas.
Occasions like curling, determine skating, ice hockey and velocity skating will happen within the metropolis middle, together with at a number of venues that had been used when town hosted the 2008 Summer time Olympics. Sliding sports activities and alpine snowboarding will likely be held about an hour northwest of town, within the district of Yanqing. And the remaining sports activities, together with snowboarding, will happen within the neighboring metropolis of Zhangjiakou, which is an hour farther in the identical path.
What’s the Olympics schedule?
Whereas the opening ceremony is Feb. 4, preliminary competitors will start in some sports activities two days earlier.
In one of many premier winter sports activities, determine skating, medals will likely be up for grabs as soon as each three days on common for nearly the length of the Video games, from Feb. 7 to Feb. 19.
In the meantime, Mikaela Shiffrin will seemingly have her first shot at a medal Feb. 7, in girls’s big slalom. The snowboarding halfpipe finals are slated for Feb. 10 (girls) and Feb. 11 (males). And the gold-medal video games in girls’s and males’s hockey will happen Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, respectively.
How can I watch the Olympics?
For U.S. viewers, the Beijing Video games will as soon as once more be televised on NBC and its platforms. The community has unique rights to broadcast each iteration of the Video games by way of 2032, as a part of a $7.75 billion deal it signed with the International Olympic Committee in 2014.
If its broadcast of the Tokyo Video games is any indication, NBC seemingly will put a few of its protection on Peacock – its new streaming service – along with its numerous TV channels.
Will there be followers on the Olympics?
It seems so, however none from exterior mainland China.
The IOC revealed in late September that Beijing organizers deliberate to ban worldwide spectators, together with the household and buddies of athletes, from attending the Winter Video games however that they might promote tickets to Chinese language followers who met sure situations and complied with COVID-19 protocols.
Organizers didn’t instantly announce what number of followers, or what proportion capability, can be permitted to look at the occasions at numerous venues.
What COVID-19 protocols will likely be in place?
Along with the ban on international spectators, Beijing organizers have pledged to create a “closed-loop” system for everybody who travels to China for the Video games. This implies everybody from athletes and coaches to media and referees/judges will likely be housed in a strict bubble, separate from the remainder of China, and permitted solely to maneuver inside that bubble.
Organizers have additionally all however mandated vaccination on the Winter Olympics. Whereas unvaccinated individuals will technically be allowed to enter the “closed-loop” bubble, Beijing 2022 has indicated that they must quarantine in China for 21 days earlier than doing so – a length of time that might severely complicate athletes’ coaching regimens, as an example, and sure be a non-starter.
That rule will not be a problem for Crew USA, thoughts you. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee introduced in September that it will require all athletes, coaches and workers to be vaccinated earlier than the Video games.