The Beijing Olympics: A Preview


Isabella Thatcher, Reporter

 The Beijing Winter Olympics is a highly anticipated event. The Winter Olympics will take place from Feb. 4 to Feb. 20, including a wide variety of sports from figure skating to cross-country skiing.

   There will be seven sports categories. These categories are biathlon, bobsledding, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing. Skating is broken down into events such as figure skating and speed skating. Skiing includes snowboarding and ski jumping. These seven categories will be broken down into a total of 109 events.

   To view the Olympics, one can watch live on several platforms such as NBC Universal, Peacock and

   85 countries will be participating, weighing in with a total of 2,900 athletes. There will also be approximately 90 National Olympic Committees participating in the events. Beijing is the main host for the games, however, Yanqing will be the home of the alpine skiing and sledding events and Zhangjiakou will host several skiing events.

   Beijing will be the first city to ever host the Summer Olympics as well as the Winter Olympics. However, Beijing is among the 11 cities to ever host the Olympics more than once.

   Of the competitors, some of the Team USA members to look out for are the World Champion Nathen Chen, quick rising Erin Jackson, and the impressive Mikaela Shiffrin.

   Nathen Chen is a figure skater from Utah and has won three World Championships as well as five American Championships. Chen entered the 2018 Winter Olympics and took home bronze.

   Eric Jackson is an impressive speed skating competitor from Florida. In 2021, Jackson won a gold medal for the 500-meter event and participated in the 2018 Olympic games.

   Mikaela Shiffrin is an alpine skier from Colorado. Shiffrin is one of the most decorated athletes in the skiing category. In 2014 she took home Slalom Gold and in 2018 she was awarded silver.

  Despite having an amazing team this year, Team USA has tough competition. Some of the fiercest competitors are the highly regarded Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan, 15-year-old Kamila Valiyeva of Russia and record-breaking Katie Ormerod from England.

   Yuzuru Hanyu is a figure skater who has won two gold medals in the Olympics at the age of 19. He is highly regarded in the ice-skating industry, having broken the Olympic world record for short programs with a score of 111.82.

   Russia’s figure skater Kamila Valiyeva beat her toughest competitors by a long shot. She scored a 259.06 total and had an outstanding qualifier performance. She has set nine world records throughout her career.

   Katie Ormerod is the first female to land a double cork 1080. She is from England and was previously a gymnast before she got into snowboarding. 

   The Olympics will take place in artificial snow due to a lack of snow in the city. Beijing typically gets an average of six days of snow a year. To avoid issues, the venues will be equipped with snow making systems that contain water and compressed air. Once the air reaches the right conditions, the machines will distribute the drops into the air resulting in snow.

   The Paralympics are planned to follow these events, taking place from March 4 to March 13.

   The 2022 Winter Olympics are going to be an action filled couple of weeks. There are going to be many entertaining sports to watch, and it will be a tight race for the top spot.