2022 Winter Olympics: What You Need to Know

The 2022 Winter Olympics will officially kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 4, and run through Sunday, February 20 in Beijing, China. What channel will the 2022 Winter Olympics be on? What is the official website to read the news? How will the Olympics deal with the coronavirus? Who are the team USA athletes you need to know before you watch? What books does Livingston Public Library have on the Winter Olympics? Read more to find out. 

Websites

Official Website  Beijing 2022 Latest News and Breaking Stories – Olympic

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics schedule: full programme

Here Comes Team USA: A Sport-By-Sport Look at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Everything you need to know about the 2022 Winter Olympics

The 2022 Winter Olympics are just a few days away! See below for the answers to all of your frequently asked questions surrounding the Beijing Winter Games.

When are the 2022 Winter Olympics?

The 2022 Winter Olympics are set to take place on Friday, February 4 through Sunday, February 20, just six months after the Tokyo Games. However, the competition begins with curling on Wednesday, February 2, two days before the Opening Ceremony.

How can I watch the 2022 Winter Olympics?

Peacock will be the streaming home of the Beijing Winter Games offering live stream coverage of every single event–that’s over 2,800 hours of Olympic action. Viewers can also tune to NBC, USA, and CNBC to watch the Games. Streaming will also be available via NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

Where are the 2022 Winter Olympics taking place?

The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in China across three zones: Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou. 

What is the time difference between the U.S. and China for the Beijing Winter Olympics?

During the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing will be 13 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, and 16 hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone. An event that starts at 10:00 a.m. local time Monday will be at 9:00 p.m. EDT Sunday night.

How many US athletes are going to the Winter Olympics?

The 223-person U.S. Olympic roster announced Monday includes four athletes making their fifth trip to the Games: Shaun White and Lindsey Jacobellis in snowboarding, Katie Uhlaender in skeleton and John Shuster in curling.

What is the expected medal count for the U.S.?

The U.S. finished fourth on the medal table in PyeongChang with a total of 23 medals (9 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze) and is expected to fare a similar result in Beijing. Shaun White (Carlsbad, California), Mikaela Shiffrin (Edwards, Colorado), and Nathan Chen (Salt Lake City, Utah) are just a few of Team USA’s biggest stars that are expected to compete in Beijing. White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, could become the first U.S. man to win the same individual event at three Olympic Winter Games. Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, could potentially compete in five events in 2022 due to the schedule–the six-time world champion previously competed in five total events at the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games combined. Chen, the three-time reigning world champion in men’s singles, remains the favorite for gold in Beijing.

Will NHL players be allowed to compete in Beijing?

NHL players were originally set to return to the lineup in Beijing after missing the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics–their first Olympic absence since 1994–but the league made the decision to withdraw in late December 2021 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases that impacted the NHL’s schedule. Many NHL players were frustrated over the decision as letting players make individual choices to leave their NHL teams for the Olympics was never presented as an option.

NBC Sports Reporters Are Out

In January 2022, NBC Sports announced that reporters for the network would not attend the games because of coronavirus.

Figure Skaters for Team USA

Women’s Team:   Alysa Liu, Karen Chen,  Mariah Bell

Men’s Team:  Jason Brown, Vincent Zhou and Nathan Chen

What sports are being contested?

There will be a total of 109 medal events across the following 15 sports:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsled
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic Combined
  • Short Track
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Speed Skating

Who are the Olympic and Paralympic mascots?

The mascot for the Winter Olympics is Bing Dwen Dwen — a panda dressed in a full-body “shell” made out of ice — and Shuey Rhon Rhon for the Paralympics, a Chinese lantern child.

Bing Dwen Dwen (Bing means ‘ice’ in Mandarin Chinese, while Dwen Dwen means ‘child’) was chosen from over 5,800 submissions from around the world.

The “shell” design enables the panda — China’s national animal — to skate, snowboard and ski.

What is the motto of Olympics 2022?

“Together for a Shared Future” is the official motto of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. The motto represents the power of the Games to overcome global challenges as a community, with a shared future for humankind.

Will fans be allowed to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee announced in mid-January that only “selected” spectators will be allowed to attend the Games due to the pandemic. No fans from outside the country will be allowed to attend the events and tickets are not being offered to the general public.

How will they deal with the coronavirus?

The protocols will be similar to those at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, but more stringent. Organizers are creating what they’re calling a “closed-loop system” — also known as a bubble — in which thousands of athletes, coaches, team officials, Olympic staff members, contractors, volunteers and journalists will be confined for the duration of the Games.

Books on Winter Olympics

What Are the Winter Olympics? by Gail Herman

Grab your skis, ice skates, and snowboard and learn how the Winter Olympic Games became a worldwide phenomenal event watched by millions.

Although fans the world over have been fascinated by the modern Summer Olympics since 1896, the Winter Olympics didn’t officially begin until 1924. The event celebrates cold-weather sports, displaying the talents of skiers, ice skaters, hockey players, and, most recently, snowboarding.

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey

The true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and the Miracle on Ice, which Sports Illustrated called the greatest moment in sports history.

Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach. Their “Miracle on Ice” has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable.

A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History by Seth Berkman

The inspiring, unlikely story of the American, Canadian, South Korean and even North Korean women who joined together to form Korea’s first Olympic ice hockey team.

This isn’t simply a sports book. Rather, it’s a book about inspiring and courageous women who just happened to be hockey players.

The Olympic & World Records Book

Magazine

We celebrate the greatest Olympians in every discipline, from athletics and aquatics to cycling, gymnastics, ball sports and more-and break down their record breaking achievements and legendary victories. Get to know the facts and stats behind the medal winners and record setters in every major Olympic discipline. Amazing Stories-Discover the incredible tales behind some of the most iconic Olympic champions in history. 

Golden Oldies: Stories of Hockey’s Heroes by Brian McFarlane

Golden Oldies explores the life of Sprague Cleghorn, a pioneer tough guy who went from the bright lights of Broadway to a boondock in the Ottawa Valley to stardom before and during the first years of the NHL. It follows the trail of Patsy Guzzo and his RCAF mates in 1948, ridiculed at home but rewarded with Olympic gold in Europe. And it chronicles the career-ending injuries to Ace Bailey, the last Leafs NHL scoring leader, the shameful treatment of the Canucks’ Mike Robitaille, and the horrific and near fatal injury suffered by Buffalo goalie Clint Malarchuk.

Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting For Equity by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson

Twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando started playing ice hockey with their four older brothers and their friends on a frozen pond next to their home in North Dakota. No girls hockey teams, no problem–they just played on boys teams. They went on to win six World Championships and played in three Olympics, winning two silver medals and ultimately a gold medal in South Korea in 2018 for the USA Women’s National Team.

The Making of a Miracle by Mike Eruzione

On the fortieth anniversary of the historic “Miracle on Ice,” Mike Eruzione—the captain of the 1980 U.S Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, who scored the winning goal—recounts his amazing career on ice, the legendary upset against the Soviets, and winning the gold medal.

It is the greatest American underdog sports story ever told: how a team of college kids and unsigned amateurs, under the tutelage of legendary coach—and legendary taskmaster—Herb Brooks, beat the elite Soviet hockey team on their way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.

Eddie the Eagle

DVD

Inspired by true events, it is a feel-good story about Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself, even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Russian Five

DVD

In the late 1980’s, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet Union, and in the process, changed the way North American hockey is played.

Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. Anton’s father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown.

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