It’s been a strange few years for the Olympics. The pandemic forced a one-year delay onto the Summer Olympics and, to keep things on schedule, it means we already have the 2022 Winter Olympics following shortly behind.
If you’re keen on tuning in, here’s what you need to know about the 2022 Winter Olympics
When and where is the 2022 Winter Olympics?
The Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China, in 2022. This makes Beijing the first city to have hosted both the summer and winter Olympic games.
The dates for the Winter Olympics are February 4 to February 20, 2022.
Events will take place across three competition zones, Beijing, Yangqing and Zhangjiakou.
When are the main events?
Nations from all around the world will come together to compete in 15 different sports at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, February 4 and the closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 20.
You can find a full schedule of events for the Beijing Games online but these are the sports athletes will compete in:
- Alpine Skiing
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Freestyle Skiing
- Figure Skating
- Ice Hockey
- Nordic Combined
- Ski Jumping
- Speed Skating
- Short Track Speed Skating
There’s also seven new events at the 2022 Winter Olympics including women’s monobob, freestyle skiing big air (men’s and women’s), and mixed team events in short track speed skating team relay, ski jumping, freestyle skiing aerials and snowboard cross.
Beijing is 3 hours behind Australian Eastern Daylight Time so keep that in mind when planning your schedule.
Which Australians are competing?
Australia has always been at a bit of a disadvantage at the Winter Olympics due to our lack of snow-covered areas. But that hasn’t stopped us from putting together an elite team of athletes and winning gold at events in the past.
Aussie athletes are currently competing in qualifying events to be chosen for the Winter Olympics team. It’s expected around 40 members will make up the Australian team.
To follow our athlete’s efforts you can search the hashtag ‘#ChasingWinter’ and keep an eye on team announcements here.
How can I watch the Winter Olympics in Australia?
Just like the Summer Games, the 2022 Winter Olympics will be broadcast on Channel 7 in Australia.
Its expected coverage of the games will be similar with events broadcast live and free on Channel 7 and also via a digital entertainment hub on 7Plus.
That’s all we know so far about the 2022 Winter Olympics but we’ll update this article if anything changes in the lead up to the event.