The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games will officially open on February 4th 2022 and come to a close on 20th February.
One for the pub quiz or trivia fans, the official list of sports included in the competition is: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-country Skiing, Curling, Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short-Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jump, Snowboarding and Speed Skating. There are several sub-categories in each sport meaning a total of 109 individual events.
The design for the medals changes for every competition and the 2022 concept in based on traditional Chinese astronomy and astrology. This was partly because the games coincide with the 2022 Chinese New Year celebrations.
Ordinarily the Summer and Winter games are spaced two years apart but because the 2020 Summer Olympics was postponed to 2021 due to COVID, it’s the first time since 1992 that the events are being held less than six months apart.
The budget for this years event is estimated to be about 4 billion dollars. While that seems an astronomical amount of money, that represents one-tenth of the cost of the 43 billions dollars spent on the 2008 Summer Olympics which was also held in Beijing.
The official emblem of the games is named ‘Winter Dream’ and is a stylised representation of the Chinese character for Winter. The emblem was designed by Lin Cunzhen who also created the Nanjing 2014 logo.
Away from the snow and the medals podiums, the competition is once again highly politicised, mainly due to international events, human rights criticisms and diplomatic relations with the Chinese government, with many countries, including the United Kingdom, threatening to boycott the games. Politics aside, and despite the global pandemic contenting to have an impact on teams and organisation, the competition is always highly thrilling to watch and it will be interesting to see if the Norwegians maintain their dominance over the games!
You’ll be able to watch the Winter Olympics on BBC Sport, BBC One & Two and on