The Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 will commence on 4 February, but how many events are there this year and have there been any changes?
The Winter Olympics are just around the corner, taking place in China’s capital city, starting on Friday, 4 February until Sunday, 20 February.
This year’s event has scheduled a record number of events, but how many is that exactly?
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Winter Olympics: Here’s how many events there are in 2022
2022 will have a record 109 events across 15 sports, seven more than PyeongChang 2018’s 102 events.
- Alpine Skiing (11)
- Biathlon (11)
- Bobsleigh (4)
- Cross-country skiing (12)
- Curling (3)
- Figure skating (5)
- Freestyle skiing (13)
- Ice Hockey (2)
- Luge (4)
- Nordic combined (3) – A sport that consists of two separate sports: ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
- Short track speed skating (9)
- Skeleton (2)
- Ski jumping (5)
- Snowboarding (11)
- Speed Skating (14)
The seven new events are:
- Women’s monobob – bobsleigh
- Men’s and women’s big air (freestyle skiing)
- Mixed team snowboard cross
- Mixed team aerials
- Mixed team short track relay
- mixed team ski jumping
Women’s monobob is an individual event exclusive to female athletes only to increase female participation in bobsleigh – it was first announced in July 2018.
Beijing ceremonies 2022
Opening and closing ceremonies will take place on the first and last day of the event at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.
The flags of China, the current host, Greece (the Olympics’ country of origin), and Italy will be hoisted during the closing ceremony.
Italy’s Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will be location of the 2026 Olympics.
The Beijing Paralympic Winter Games will take place 4 – 13 March 2022.
No NHL in Beijing 2022
Unfortunately NHL athletes will not be participating in the competitions; numerous NHL season games have been postponed due to rising Covid cases, causing a rising number of postponed games.
“Unfortunately, given the profound disruption to the NHL’s regular-season schedule caused by recent Covid-related events – 50 games already have been postponed through Dec. 23 – Olympic participation is no longer feasible,” announced the league in December.
Their withdrawal marks their second absence after missing the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, their first Olympic absence since Lillehammer 1994.