The 2022 Winter Olympics


Kate Sandidge

The 2022 Winter Olympics are slated to begin on February 4, 2022 and athletes have arrived in Beijing, where they are being held. The first competitions are scheduled for February 2nd, and are Men’s Singles Luge and Mixed Doubles Curling. Despite the first competitions being before the official start of the games, medals are not awarded until the 5th. The games will continue until the 20th. The most medals are scheduled to be awarded on the 8th and 19th with 8 on each day.

In the name of safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympics has opted for a “bubble” similar to the one used during the 2020 NBA season. Contact between competitors and staff of the Olympics has been minimized as well as contact between competitors. Many online fans look forward to social media posts from athletes showcasing the Olympic Village, which was a hot topic during the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Fans and non-fans alike have been advised to watch for certain athletes like Erin Jackson, who was named the top 500 meter speed skater in the world, Yuzuru Hanyu, who has been dominating in the men’s figure skating competition since the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Chloe Kim, who won gold in snowboarding at age 17 in 2018, and Kamila Valieva, who is competing in women’s figure skating at just 15. Fans are particularly excited for the Figure Skating event as fans watch for American skater Nathan Chen, who may dethrone Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, who has won gold in the Olympics for three consecutive years. Fans also watch as many figure skaters make their Olympic debuts in addition to older competitors, like the US’s Shaun White who, at 35 years old, is looking to take the gold one last time. These Olympics are slated to be exciting!