Filipino short track speed skater Julian Macaraeg is on a (financial) quest to compete at Beijing 2022.
Will biathlete Emilien Claude graduate to a full-time season on the senior IBU season after a successful junior year in 2021?
Erika Lindgren is another short track-ster to watch, as she looks to put the sport on Sweden's radar.
Hallie Clarke is just 17 years old, but a rising star with big ambitions in skeleton for Team Canada.
The XXIV Olympic Winter Games in Beijing Start on February 4
There is usually a two-year separation between each Olympic Games, ever since Lillehammer 1994's Winter Games initiated the new schedule after Barcelona 1992's Summer Games. But thanks to the magic of the Covid-19 pandemic and Tokyo 2020's resulting one-year delay, the next Olympics are coming quick. Beijing 2022, or the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, start on February 4th. That's less than six months away!
Beijing will be the first city to host both the Summer (2008) and Winter Games.
Note: Beijing time is nine hours ahead of EST. So, 8pm Monday Beijing = 5am EST / 2am PST Monday.
There will be 15 disciplines across seven sports, same as at Pyeongchang 2018, but there will be seven new events. Look out for women's monobob (single-person bobsled), 'big air' freestyle skiing, and mixed-gender events in short track speed skating, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, and ski jumping.
According to olympics.com, Beijing 2022's brand logo (seen above) is meant to emulate both a figure skater and a skier, with the color blue "represents dreams, the future, and the purity of ice and snow", while red and yellow harken back to China's national colors. The ribbon shape evokes the mountainsides and venue infrastructure.
Bing Dwen Dwen is a panda wearing a "full-body ice shell", representing technology. Designed by Cao Xue, Bing Dwen Dwen (translated as "ice" and "children") was chosen out of a global competition and over 5,800 submissions. See the introduction.
Competition will take place across three zone clusters. In Beijing, the national stadium (i.e. the 'Bird's Nest') will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the city will mostly feature all 'ice' events (curling, skating, and hockey).
Yangqing, in suburban Beijing, will host alpine skiing and track events (bobsled, luge, skeleton). 140km from Beijing, the Zhangjiakou ski resort area will host cross country, Nordic combined, snowboarding and freestyle skiing.
What to Expect?
Concerns and controversies? I'll save the big storylines for another day...but, for now it's safe to say that many of the Covid-19 restrictions we saw in Tokyo will be duplicated in Beijing.
In the meantime, check out Beijing 2022's "Guide to the Top Athletes and Teams to Watch".
Part I and Part II.
Team USA's Kallie Humphries makes history as she wins a fourth women's world bobsled championship this weekend. Her brakewoman was Lolo Jones, who also has previous world titles of her own - as a track athlete, in indoor hurdling. And on the next day, Germany continued its dominance, sweeping the men's two-man event, after taking the silver and bronze in the women's. The German sweep was led by Francesco Friedrich's tenth world title, a new championship record.
Natalie Geisenberger, with her eighth overall title, is the star of the show at the Luge World Cup's final stop in St. Moritz.
"My last two Olympics have been horrible experiences and I would like this one to be joyful". Short track speed skaterElise Christie shares with The Times her view on her career struggles as Beijing 2022 nears. (paid access)
Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons is the covergirl feature subject for Australia's Women's Health.
Here's a look at five athletes looking to complete unique doubles, competing at both the Tokyo Summer Games and the Beijing Winter Games coming up, including taekwondo star Pita Taufatofua who's already contested cross-country at Pyeongchang 2018. Other combinations include across cycling & speed skating and track and field & bobsled.
Sarah Davies: the chairwoman of the IWF's Athletes Commission details more governance problems for weightlifting. TL;DR: It's not good.
Cat Osterman: a softball legend plans for Tokyo 2020 to be a key part of her swan song season in 2021.
Tokyo 2020 also looks at Callum Hawkins, Team GB marathoner eager to upgrade his two fourth-place finishes at the world championships and put past race disappointment behind at the Tokyo Games.
Meet the Gerken Schofield sibling trio that can make history for Team Great Britain as freestyle skiing teammates at Beijing 2022.
Can middle-distance stars Wesley Vazquez and Ryan Sanchez bring milestone glory for Puerto Rico in the 800 meters at Tokyo 2020?
Could U.S. football star Tyreek Hill make it to the Olympics as a sprinter?
The Olympic Channel gets to know Italian Dominik Paris...herdsman, father, heavy metal singer...and world-class alpine skier.
Take a peek inside Serena Williams' Florida home.
R.I.P. to boxing champion, and Team USA's Montreal 1976 light heavyweight gold medalist, Leon Spinks. The champ was 67.
And more mourning for USA gymnastics great Dianne Durham who passed at 52 last week. Durham had made history in 1983 as the first African-American gymnastics national all-around champion.
Lots of Olympians winning major titles this weekend...
From the French Open - congrats to Youth Olympic champion Iga Swiatek and double Olympic champion Rafael Nadal with their singles wins at this weekend's Roland Garros tournament in Paris.
Triple Olympic medalist LeBron James led gold medalists Dwight Howard and Antonio Davis to the NBA Finals crown as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat (with Rio 2016 gold medalist Jimmy Butler) in six games.
Figure skating's Shibutani siblings are now authors! The Olympic Channel introduces their mystery-themed young adult book.
Beijing 2022: Is boycott talk increasing?
âThe International Skating Union catches up with Sverre Lunde Pedersen, enjoying newly found family time while adjusting to Covid-19 restrictions.
Belarus: Does anyone believe that athlete voices wouldn'tâ be suppressed here? On the other hand, here's a progressive show of support.
Go behind the scenes with badminton champion Carolina Marin as she works back through from injury in a new Amazon Prime series.
The Olympic Channel re-introduces budding skateboarding superstar Sky Brown in the most fun way,.
Moritz Foerste continues his interview with FIH.ch, looking back at memorable moments in his career.
In support of this past World Mental Health Day, canoeist Rene Holten Poulsen shares his personal journey to recover from Rio 2016 PTSD and comeback at Tokyo 2020 with Athlete 365.
World Athletics takes a look at the remarkable success of small nation Estonia, on the centenary of its federation's founding.
July 23 marks one year to go for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Tokyo 2020 celebrated with a private ceremony featuring Olympic hopeful Rikako Ikee, who proposed "Imagine the world in a year: a world where the curtain is set to rise on the Olympic and Paralympic Games".
Will it be the "great comeback festival of sport"?
A little roundup of the many commemorations below from the Olympic sports world. Here's to #StrongerTogether!
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