The 2022 Winter Olympics are right around the corner. And if you have questions about the Games—like when are the 2022 Winter Olympics or will the Beijing Games even happen?—you’ve come to the right place. As of now, the 2022 Olympic Games are happening, and below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about this prestigious global sporting competition.
So if you’re curious about when and where the 2022 Beijing Games are taking place, how often the Winter Olympics occur, how many sporting events are included in the Games, and which country has nabbed the most Winter Olympic medals, keep scrolling for answers. Below, you’ll also learn about whether spectators will be allowed at the Games, how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the Olympics, and what’s going on with the diplomatic boycotts you may have heard about. Consider this your complete guide to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.
Before we dive in, a big caveat: As with all things in the pandemic era—and most especially during this latest surge in cases caused by the highly contagious omicron variant—there is still a good dose of uncertainty surrounding the 2022 Winter Games. For instance, it’s unclear if and how the omicron strain will affect athlete participation as well as the execution of the opening and closing ceremonies and the schedule of events.
We’ll continue to update this page with any significant changes made in the coming days, and keep this information as accurate as possible. Keep reading to find out what we know so far about the Winter Games!
When are the 2022 Winter Olympics?
The 2022 Winter Olympics officially start on Friday, February 4, and conclude on Sunday, February 20, 2022. The opening ceremonies are on February 4, though preliminary competitions for some sports—including curling, freestyle skiing, and ice hockey—begin on February 2. From February 2 to February 20, there will be different competitions hosted each day. The closing ceremonies are on February 20.
The 2022 Paralympics will feature 10 days of competition, with events kicking off on Friday, March 4, and wrapping on Sunday, March 13.
Check out the full schedule of Olympic events here. Remember, Beijing time is ahead of U.S. time—13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST)—which is important to keep in mind when looking at the schedule for events you want to watch.
Where are the 2022 Olympics?
The 2022 Olympics will be held in Beijing, China. Beijing is the first city to host both summer and winter editions of the Olympics, and several venues from the 2008 Summer Games will be reused for the Winter Games in 2022.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games will take place in central Beijing. Many of the Olympic ice sports—like curling, ice hockey, speed skating, and figure skating—as well as the big air snowboarding event will happen there too.
However, not all competitions will actually unfold in China’s capital city. Both the Olympics and Paralympics will take place in three different competition zones: central Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou.