Everything Australians need to know
It has been a strange few years for the Olympics. The pandemic has imposed a one-year delay on the Summer Olympics and, to stay on schedule, that means we already have the 2022 Winter Olympics to follow shortly thereafter.
If you want to tune in, here’s what you need to know about the 2022 Winter Olympics
When and where are the 2022 Winter Olympics taking place?
The Winter Olympics will take place at Beijing, China, in 2022. This makes Beijing the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
The dates of the Olympic Winter Games are February 4 to February 20, 2022.
The events will take place in three competition areas, Beijing, Yangqing and Zhangjiakou.
When are the main events?
Nations from around the world will come together to compete in 15 different sports at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games.
The opening ceremony takes place on Friday 4 February and the closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday February 20.
You can find the full program of events for the Beijing Games online, but here are the sports in which the athletes will compete:
- Alpine skiing
- Cross-country skiing
- Freestyle skiing
- Figure skating
- Ice Hockey
- Nordic combined
- Ski jumping
- Speed skating
- Short track speed skating
There are also seven new events at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, including women’s monobob, big air freestyle skiing (men and women) and mixed team relay events in short track speed skating, jump ski, freestyle ski jumps 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 snowy areas. But that hasn’t stopped us from building an elite team of athletes and winning gold at events in the past.
Australian athletes are currently competing in qualifying events to be selected for the Olympic Winter Games team. It’s planned about 40 members will constitute the Australian team.
To follow the efforts of our athletes, you can search for the hashtag ‘#ChasingWinter’ and keep an eye out for team announcements here.
How can I watch the Winter Olympics in Australia?
Like the Summer Games, the 2022 Winter Olympics will be broadcast on Channel 7 in Australia.
Its expected gaming coverage will be similar with events broadcast live and free on Channel 7 and also through a digital entertainment hub on 7More.
That’s all we know so far about the 2022 Winter Olympics, but we’ll update this article if anything changes ahead of the event.