In February 2022 Beijing is set to make history as the first city to ever host both Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
The games are scheduled to take place from February 4 to February 20, 2022 in the midst of challenging circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Beijing has been tirelessly working towards the goal of delivering a "simple, safe and splendid" Games, and finally the wait is almost over.
Competitions are spread over three zones and aims to utilize as many of the legacy venues from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The snow portion of the games will take place in two clusters north of the capital, all conveniently linked with high-speed rail connections.
The fifteen disciplines to be contested during the Beijing 2022 games include:
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place in the Bird's Nest as was the case with the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. Unlike the 2008 act, which was an unforgettable and astounding performance and tough act to follow, the 2022 events will carry a different theme and be a simpler but unique experience.
The Opening Ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 4, 2022, and the Closing Ceremony on February 20, 2022.
As per Director Zhang Yimou which orchestrated the 2008 Opening and Closing ceremonies and is again in charge of the Winter games performances, these will not be large-scale acts, while there were 15,000 performers in 2008, there will only be 3,000 performers this time and the length of the Opening Ceremonies has been shortened to less than 100 minutes.
Zhang has also promised a very different lightning of the Olympic cauldron this time around that will be "unprecedented in the over 100-year history of the Olympic Games".
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Venues
The games will take place in over 20 competiton venues, Olympic Villages and supporting facilities spread over three zones in:
Two prominent Beijing venues from the 2008 games make an appearance again at the 2022 competitions, the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube, and a third newly built stadium, the National Speed Skating Oval, which will host ice sports competitions.
The Bird's Nest
The Bird's Nest is the Beijing National Stadium and will be home of both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The Ice Cube
Formerly known as the Water Cube where the swimming and diving events took place during the 2008 Summer Games, the Water Cube has been transformed into the Ice Cube where the curling competitions will take place.
The Ice Ribbon
Also known as the National Speed Skating Oval, the Ice Ribbon is the only new venue built on Beijing's Olympic Park. It will host the speed skating competitions at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Also located in Beijing's Olympic Park, the National Indoor Stadium will host Men's Hockey, the Capital Indoor Stadium will host Figure Skating and short track Speed Skating and the Wukesong Sports Center will host Women's Ice Hockey.
Yanqing Olympic Zone
Yanqing Olympic Zone includes the National Alpine Skiing Centre and the National Sliding Centre. They will host the Alpine Skiing, Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge competitions during the Games.
Zhangjiakou Olympic Zone
Located 180km northwest of Beijing in Hebei province, Zhangjiakou Olympic Zone is connected via a 50-minute speed rail link with the capital.
This is where Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard, Ski Jumping, Biathlon, Nordic Combined, Cross Country and Halfpipe events will take place. Check it out:
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Logo
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Logo was inspired by the Chinese Character for "Winter".
The emblem resembles a skater at the top and a skier at the bottom.
The colors used also have a special meaning. The blue symbolise dreams, the future and the purity of ice and snow. The red and yellow are the colors of China's national flag and symbolise passion, youth and vitality.
2022 Beijing Olympic Mascot
Olympic mascots are the ambassadors of the Olympic Games. They embody the spirit of the Olympics and play a vital role in welcoming athletes and visitors to the Games. The mascot of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games is a cheerful panda called BING DWEN DWEN:
"Bing" means ice and also symbolises purity and strength, and "Dwen Dwen" represents children. Bing Dwen Dwen is encased in a full-body "shell" made of ice, and the heart shape in its left palm represents the host country's hospitality. The bright colours of the halo around its face represent ice and snow sport tracks, signifying connectivity and advanced technologies. It resembles an astronaut, embracing new technologies for a future with infinite possibilities.
"Together for a Shared Future" reflects the power of the Games to overcome global challenges as a community, with a shared future for humankind.
It demonstrates unity and a collective effort, embodying the core values and vision of the Olympic Movement, and the goal of pursuing world unity, peace and progress.