The 2022 Winter Games are coming soon! Here’s everything you need to know to be ready for them!
When are the Olympics? 4 Feb – 20 Feb 2022
When are the Paralympics? 4 Mar – 13 Mar 2022
What is the schedule?
We’ve put together a viewing guide that will help you plan your daily viewing for both the Olympics and Paralympics. Each day has a grid that allows you to see the full sports schedule at a glance. Get your copy on Amazon today!
Who are the mascots?
The Olympic mascot is Bing Dwen Dwen, a panda that wears an ice shell, which helps it slide, skate, snowboard and ski with the athletes.
The Paralympic mascot is Shuey Rhon Rhon, a lantern that glows from the inspiration, drive and friendliness of the athletes.
What are the new sports and events for these Games?
The Olympics will have seven new events — most of which are Alison’s favorite trend, mixed gender events!
- Monobob (women only)
- Big Air – freestyle skiing (men and women)
- Mixed Team Snowboard Cross
- Mixed Team Aerials
- Mixed Team Short Track Relay
- Mixed Team Ski Jumping
The Paralympics will actually have two fewer events — 78 as opposed to the 80 contested in 2018. Where’s the loss? Women’s snowboarding — it’s going from four medal events to two.
How many athletes will compete at the Games?
Nearly 3,000 athletes will be at the Olympics, with an anticipated gender split of 55% men, 45% women.
For the Paralympics, it could be its biggest Winter Games yet, with a possible maximum of 736 athletes.
- October 18, 2021: “Lighting of the Flame” ceremony in Olympia, Greece
- Flame will be transported to Athens
- October 19, 2021: Ceremony to transfer the flame to the Beijing Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens
- October 20, 2021: Flame arrives in Beijing and is on display
What’s this boycott all about? Are athletes still going to the Olympics and Paralympics?
On December 6, the United States White House announced that it would enact a diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022, meaning that no government officials will go to the Games. Australia, United Kingdom and Canada followed suit. These countries are boycotting the Games due to China’s human rights record. New Zealand is also partaking in a diplomatic boycott, but that’s due to Covid (though they’ve talked with China about human rights as well).
A diplomatic boycott does not affect the athletes at all, so these countries will still have participants at the Olympics and Paralympics; it’s just that their governmental leaders and officials will not have the opportunity to mingle with each other and cheer for their countries.
China has said there will be repercussions for these countries who have used the Games for “political manipulation.” Also, they weren’t invited anyway.
Will there be spectators at the Games?
Organizers have said that there will be fans at these Games — but only people living in China will be allowed. That said, no final decisions have been made on the number of spectators, and as of December 10, 2021, ticket sales haven’t started yet.
Does that mean only Chinese people will be cheering?
No, people from other countries who are living and/or working in China may also be able to go.
Check back for more information!