When less than a year is left until the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, winter sports professionals, enthusiasts, and fans have many worries about this huge event due to the worldwide pandemic situation. However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach already invited athletes to participate in the Beijing Olympics. He says that Beijing will go down in history as the first city that host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. China is handling the coronavirus crisis quite well, as a result, the International Olympic Committee is confident the Winter Olympics will be safe and successful. February 4 – 20, 2022 the best representatives of winter sports will gather in China to compete for 109 gold medals.
The Main Numbers
The Beijing Olympics will feature competitions in 15 disciplines in seven sports: biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, hockey, tobogganing, skating, and skiing. Sets of 109 medals will be won by the best athletes. This number is seven medals more than during the 2018 Pyongyang Winter Olympics. The Beijing Olympics will have the highest gender balance in the history of all the Winter Olympics, with over 45% of women taking part in them, i.e., their quota will increase by 4% compared to 41% of women athletes who participated in the Pyongyang Games.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for February 4, 2022, and the closing ceremony is scheduled for February 20, 2022. The competition will start two days before the opening ceremony with the ice-skating qualifier.
Mascot and Torch
A year before the Games, the design of the Olympic torch was introduced. The dominant red and silver colors symbolize fire and ice. A giant panda named Bing Dwen Dwen is the official mascot of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Bing stands for ice and symbolizes purity and strength, while Dwen Dwen represents children. The talisman embodies the strength and will of the athletes as well as will help foster the Olympic spirit. The emblem of the Games is based on the Chinese alphabet symbol 冬 that means ‘winter’. It should remind the skater at the top and the skier at the bottom, and in the middle of the symbol there are the meandering mountains of China, the Olympic venues, the tops, and the skating arenas.
Winter Sports Stars
The host country of the Games, China, has high hopes for the freestyle skiing sport star Gu Ailing Eileen, who has won the FIS World Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing Cup three times and twice won the Lausanne Youth Olympic Games. Another promising figure is the impressive Chinese speed skating team, led by Wu Daiing, the world’s 500m men’s world record holder and Olympic champion. The eyes of winter sports enthusiasts will also turn to Johannes Thingnes Boe, who defends the best Norwegian biathlete and champion title. Figure skating will once again be one of the most watched competitions. Japanese athlete Hanyu Yuzuru will seek to win the men’s championship for the third time in a row. Mikaela Shiffrin is one of the best downhill skiers we can expect to see in Beijing. She has already become an Olympic champion twice. Another American Chloe Kim, the youngest Olympic snowboarding champion, will once again try to succeed in the snowboard jump ramp co