Winter Olympics 2022 schedule: When is Beijing 2022? When are the key events? Dates, big names and more
GB curlers go for gold! 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 what are the key dates and who is most likely to grab the spotlight? Look no further than our bumper guide. Remember: watch every moment of Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on discovery+
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The Winter Olympics are nearly over! Norway top the medal table heading into the final day of competition in Beijing.
The 15th day saw Sweden's male curlers take gold in a tense decider at the Ice Cube, with Bruce Mouat's Team GB rink having to settle for a silver that did at least finally get Great Britain on the board.
The last day of action will see Mikaela Shiffrin return to the slopes as she bids to salvage a disappointing Olympics in the team event from 01:00 GMT, while Eve Muirhead and her rink will bid for gold in the women’s curling final at 01:05 GMT, with coverage starting at 00:45 GMT.
Elsewhere, Brad Hall and his crew will go in the second half of the heats of the four-man bobsleigh, and still have faint hopes of a podium finish, while the final gold medal of the 2022 Winter Olympics will come in the men's ice hockey, where Finland take on the ROC.
The British squad had been aiming to surpass their medal haul from South Korea in 2018, where they won one gold and four bronze medals. Our Team GB news page will have all the latest breaking news and videos regarding British athletes.
Norway and Germany will be hoping to dominate the medal table again, like they did in Pyeongchang four years ago.
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DAY 16 HIGHLIGHTS
It took until the final hours of Beijing 2022 but Great Britain finally have a Winter Olympic gold medal. Eve Muirhead's outstanding women's rink followed the achievement of Rhona Martin's British team at Salt Lake City in 2002, dominating Japan in a final thrashing.
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), downhill (Feb 15) 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). Dave Ryding will harbour outside hopes of a medal in the slalom - on Feb 16 - after claiming a stunning win in the Kitzbuhel slalom just two weeks out from the Games.
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. Britain 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 Pyeongchang bronze medallist Laura Deas to become Team GB's headline act. Can she win the women’s title on Feb 12?
While Elise Christie has now retired from short-track speed skating after a tough couple of years saw her miss out on selection for Beijing, Team GB do have a couple of prominent medal hopes. Curlers Bruce Mouat and Jen Dodds will hope to help their European Championship winning rinks to further success, but the pair's best chance of gold might be in the mixed doubles, in which they enter Beijing 2022 as the reigning world champions. The National Aquatics Centre will be one of the busiest venues: there is curling competition on every day through the Games (Feb 2 to Feb 20), with the medal matches in the mixed doubles on Feb 8.
Another British athlete to watch is Charlotte Bankes, the women's snowboard cross world champion. Can Bankes, who represented France at the last two Winter Olympics, replicate that world-topping performance in Sweden at her first Olympics under the British flag on Feb 9?
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 golds. The biathlon events run from Feb 5 to Feb 19.
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.