I am beyond excited for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. As a family that loves skiing and snowsports, we can't wait to follow along. Here's what you need to know about the Winter Olympics in China. Beijing will host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, February 4th thru the 20th. I've gathered fun facts and highlights to help get your family excited about the games.
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THE 2022 WINTER OLYMPIC DATES:
- Opening ceremony: February 4th, 2022 Opening Ceremony in Beijing
- Closing ceremony: February 20th, 2022 Closing Ceremony in Beijing
The Paralympic Winter Games will be held March 4-13, 2022.
China will host the Games across three zones: Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be the first Winter Olympics in China. For the first time, the Winter Olympics will be hosted by a city that previously hosted the Summer Olympics.
THE HISTORY OF THE WINTER OLYMPICS
The Winter Olympic Games is held once every four years for sports practiced on snow and ice. The first Winter Olympic Games, the 1924 Winter Olympics, were held in Chamonix, France.
HOW MANY EVENTS ARE IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS?
The Beijing Olympics will feature 109 events across 15 disciplines in seven winter sports. Here is a breakdown:
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- Biathlon: The biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. It is treated as a race, with contestants skiing through a cross-country trail whose distance is divided into shooting rounds. The shooting rounds are not timed per se, but depending on the competition, missed shots result in extra distance or time being added to the contestant's total.
- Bobsledding (bobsleigh and skeleton)
- Curling: Curling is a sport in which players slide stone on a sheet of ice toward a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles.
- Ice hockey
- Skating (figure skating, short track speed skating, and speed skating)
- Skiing (alpine, cross-country, freestyle, nordic combined, ski jumping, and snowboarding)
Six sports have appeared in every Winter Olympics: cross-country skiing, figure skating, hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping and speed skating. My favorites are the alpine skiing events.
NEW EVENTS IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS
Each season it seems like the Olympic Committee tries out some new sports. The Beijing Games will feature seven new winter Olympic events including the women’s monobob (unfortunate name), freestyle skiing big air (men’s and women’s), and mixed team events in short track speed skating team relay, ski jumping, freestyle skiing aerials and snowboard cross.
Winter Olympic Mascot
Meet Bing. The new Olympic mascot for winter sports. “Bing” means ice and also symbolizes purity and strength. Pretty cute! It's no surprise that China picked a panda-- almost all the giant pandas in the world are possibly owned by China.
Opening Day Outfits for TeamUSA
Ralph Lauren will once again be dressing the athletes for the closing ceremonies. What do you think of the outfit?
Where Can You Watch the Olympics
NBC owns the rights to the Olympics. The broadcasts of Summer and Winter Olympic Games produced by NBC Sports are shown on the various platforms of NBCUniversal in the United States, including the NBC broadcast network, NBC Sports app, NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, Spanish language network Telemundo, and many of the company's cable networks.
MORE OLYMPICS FUN FROM MOMTRENDS
Want more ideas on how to have fun with the kids during the games? Be sure to follow our Olympic Fever board here.
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