The XXIV Olympic Winter Games in Beijing Start on February 4
Beijing will be the first city to host both the Summer (2008) and Winter Games.
What else is there to know right now?
Beijing Organizing Committee
February 4- 20, 2022
Events actually start on the 2nd, with the Opening Ceremony on the 4th. View the full schedule.
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.
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.