Winter Olympics are Here

Insider information on Beijing Olympic Games

Abby Milkes, Staff Reporter

Although it seems as though the summer Olympics just finished, the Winter Olympics are beginning in just a couple days. On Feb. 4, the Winter Olympics, held in Beijing, will kick off with the Opening Ceremony at 6:30 AM EST.

Over 2,300 athletes from 91 countries will be competing in the Games. However, the United States has brought 222, the most athletes out of all the counties.

Although the official start date is Thursday, curling, freestyle skiing and ice hockey start on Feb. 2.

This year, 15 sports will be held in Beijing. Those sports are skeleton, ice hockey, figure skating, curling, snowboarding, biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, speed skating, luge, bobsled, short track speed skating, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing and ski jumping.

The sports are broken into three different categories: ice sports, alpine skiing and snowboarding, and Nordic events.

In Beijing, some of Team USA’s most successful athletes will be featured. A three-time Olympic medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin is predicated to tie or break the record for the most Olympic alpine skiing medals at a single Games.

Shaun White, a four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic gold medalist is attempting to win four gold medals in the men’s half pipe, which would make him the first athlete to do so.

Another standout athlete to watch this year is snowboarder Chloe Kim. At 17, she became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal. She enters the competition as the strong favorite to win gold.

Many people assume that because the Winter Olympics are held in a cold place, snow is readily available for use. However, there is not as much snow as usual due to climate change, so artificial snow will need to be produced. This is may be a danger for the athletes, who worry about the risks of man-made snow.

The Winter Olympics can be viewed live on both Peacock and NBC. In addition, viewers can enjoy NBC’s primetime show, medal ceremonies and highlight clips in the evening. The Beijing Olympics run until Sunday, February 20.

The opening ceremony for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games is Feb. 4 (photo courtesy of Olympics.com).