Unbelievably enough, it’s Olympics season once again with the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics beginning this week (and the long-awaited opening ceremony taking place on Thursday). Whether you’re a seasoned viewer, a dedicated fan of snowboarder Chloe Kim, or you just want to take in the figure skating, there’s much to know about this year’s Games. Get all the details below.
When and where are the 2022 Beijing Olympics?
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will run from February 4 to February 20, with competition split across central Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou.
How can I watch the opening ceremony?
Live coverage of the opening ceremony—which will take place at the Beijing National Stadium—begins on February 4 at 6:30 a.m. ET, and can be streamed online on Peacock. It will also air on NBC, CNBC, and USA. A primetime presentation will follow that night from 8-11 p.m. ET on Peacock and NBC.
What sports will be featured in the Winter Olympics?
The fifteen sports featured at the Beijing Winter Olympics include biathlon, bobsledding (bobsleigh and skeleton), curling, ice hockey, luge, skating (figure skating, short track speed skating, and speed skating), and skiing (alpine, cross-country, freestyle, nordic combined, ski jumping, and snowboarding).
What will the U.S.’s diplomatic boycott of the Games mean for the competition?
Not a great deal. Unlike in 1980, when the U.S., Japan, Argentina, Canada, and several other nations pulled their teams from the Summer Olympics in Moscow, this year only high-ranking government officials—like the president and first lady—will skip Beijing. The same will be true of officials from the U.K., Canada, Australia, and Japan.
Who are some of the athletes to watch?
U.S. skier Michaela Shiffrin will be returning to the Olympics, as will snowboarder Chloe Kim, curler John Shuster, bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, German luge star Natalie Geisenberger, Chinese freestyle skier Eileen Gu, and Russian figure skater Anna Shcherbakova.
Finally, how can I watch the events?
Honestly, your best bet is Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, which will host real-time events as well as highlights. If you have an actual TV, though, you can just catch them on NBC. You can find a day-by-day viewing guide in Eastern Time here.