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Winter Olympics 2022: Start date, location, sports, how long it lasts and how to watch


The Winter Olympics will be bringing plenty of sporting action to screens (Picture: Getty Images)

It feels like months since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – with Team GB’s awe-inspiring performance and a medal tally which saw them finish fourth in the main Games and second in the Paralympics.

However, your next fix of Olympic action is not very far off – with the impending arrival of the Winter Olympics, taking place just a few months after the Summer Games after the Covid pandemic forced them to be postponed by a year.

But when does this year’s event take place, where is it being hosted – and what sports can you look forward to watching?

Here’s what you need to know…

When do the 2022 Winter Olympics start?

The games are due to begin on February 4 2022, and run through until February 20.

The last Winter Olympics took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 – with Norway and Germany among the countries triumphing at the top of the medals table.

This year’s Games will see teams from 95 countries taking part.

Where are the 2022 Winter Olympics taking place?

Beijing will be playing host to the Winter Games for the first time (Picture: Getty Images)

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games will take place in Beijing, China.

It will mark the first time that China has played host to the Winter games, although will be the fourth time they have been held in East Asia ,and the third consecutive Games to take place in the region, following the 2018 Winter OIympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Beijing also previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008.

They were chosen as hosts in 2015, beating the rival bid from the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan by just four votes.

What events are included in the 2022 Winter Olympics?

The seven main sports which make up the Winter Olympics events are Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Skeleton, curling, ice hockey, Luge, Skating and Skiing.

Viewers and spectators can look forward to the following 15 disciplines from those sports:

  • Alpine skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsleigh
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure skating
  • Freestyle skating
  • Ice hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic combined
  • Short track speed skating
  • Skeleton
  • Ski jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Speed skating

In total 109 events will take place during the Games – more than in any other Winter Olympics.

What is the Winter Olympics mascot?

Meet Shuey Rhon Rhon and Bing Dwen Dwen (Picture: Getty Images)

The official mascot for the Winter Olympics is a Panda named Bing Dwen Dwen – inspired by the country’s national animal.

The name literally translates as ‘Ice’ and ‘Children’.

The mascot for the Winter Paralympics is a lantern by the name of Shuey Rhon Rhon – aimed at spreading a message of inclusion and understanding among the different cultures of the world.

Lanterns have a lot of significance in Chinese culture, representing warmth and light, among other things.

Where can you watch the Winter Olympics?

Ski jumping will be among the events you’ll be able to tune into (Picture: Getty Images)

You’ll be able to watch the Games both on the BBC and on Eurosport.

The BBC will be showing some free-to-air coverage of events on its TV channels, as well as on the iPlayer, via the BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and mobile app.

Eurosport will be airing every event live on TV you’ll also be able to watch via the Eurosport app and Discovery+.

The channel is available via Sky and Virgin Media, or you can access it via Amazon Prime for £6.99 a month – or with a Discovery+ subscription, which is also £6.99 a month.


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