Winter Olympics: When is Beijing 2022? When are the key events? Dates, schedule, big names and more
It’s time for snow and ice! Beijing 2022 takes the Olympic baton from Tokyo 2020, ready to deliver a feast of winter sports action including alpine skiing, figure skating and, everyone’s favourite, curling. So when are the Games and what are the key dates? Look no further than our bumper guide. And remember: you can watch every unmissable moment from the Games live across Eurosport, Eurosport app
There will be 109 events across 15 winter sports disciplines.
KEY ATHLETES AND EVENTS
All eyes will be on Mikaela Shiffrin as she bids to add to her Olympic titles from Sochi (slalom) and Pyeongchang (giant slalom). The American is expected to star in the women’s giant slalom (Feb 7), slalom (Feb 9), Super-G (Feb 11) and combined (Feb 19).
Shiffrin will face stiff competition from the likes of Petra Vlhova, Alice Robinson, Sofia Goggia and Marta Bassino, while snowboard-ski double-act Ester Ledecka will be eyeing a sensational repeat of her historic cross-code double in Pyeongchang – the snowboard parallel giant slalom (Feb 8) and Super-G.
Mikaela Shiffrin of USA in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 20, 2021 in Lenzerheide
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In the men’s alpine skiing, Beat Feuz will be looking to add a gold medal to his silver and bronze from Pyeongchang. His best hopes will likely come in the downhill (Feb 6). Alexis Pinturault will be fancied in the giant slalom (Feb 13) and combined (Feb 10).
Team GB may not be as competitive as they are in the summer Games, but one event they have a vice-like grip on is the skeleton. GB have won a medal at all seven Olympics it has been a part of, with Lizzie Yarnold winning the women’s title at the last two editions. Yarnold has since retired, paving the way for the promising Amelia Coltman to emerge from the wings – and that’s despite only taking to the sport properly last season. Can she win the women’s title on Feb 12?
Elise Christie is a three-time world and 10-time European champion, but one medal eludes her. After heartbreak in Russia and South Korea, the 31-year-old is gearing up for another comeback in the short track speed skating. She could compete in the finals of the 500m (Feb 7), 1000m (Feb 11) and 1500m (Feb 16), where she will have to defeat Netherlands' Suzanne Schulting, who swept every gold medal at the world championships in March.
Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff is set to be the headline act in the women’s biathlon events, having medalled in all six events at the 2021 world championships, including four gold.
Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger will bid for a third consecutive luge double in the women's singles (Feb 8) and team relay (Feb 10), Poland's ski jumping sensation Kamil Stoch will likely go for gold again in the men’snormal hill (Feb 6) and large hill (Feb 12), and Japan figure skating icon Yuzuru Hanyu is chasing a third straight men’s singles crown.