The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will begin on February 4th, but how many events are there this year and have any been added?
The Winter Olympics will begin on Friday, February 4th and conclude on Sunday, February 20th in China’s national capital city. This year’s event is expected to have a record number of events, but how many are there?
Winter Olympics: Here’s how many events there are in 2022
The 2022 Olympic Winter Games will feature a total of 104 events, more than PyeongChang 2018’s 102.
- 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
The Women’s Monobob is a one-of-a-kind event open to female athletes exclusively to encourage more women to participate in bobsleigh – it was first announced in July 2018.
Beijing ceremonies 2022
On the first and last days of the Beijing Olympic Games, there will be opening and closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympic Stadium. The flags of China, the current host country, Greece (the Olympics’ country of origin), and Italy will be raised during the closing ceremony.
The 2026 Olympics will be held in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games will begin on March 4th and conclude on March 13th.
No NHL in Beijing 2022
NHL players will not be competing in the events; numerous NHL season games have been postponed as a result of increasing Covid infections, resulting in an increase of postponed games.
Unfortunately, given the recent Covid-related circumstances – 50 games have already been postponed through Dec. 23, according to the NHL – Olympic participation is no longer viable.
After missing the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, their first Olympic absence since Lillehammer 1994, the Norwegians’ withdrawal signifies their second absence.