Beijing 2022 announces new competition schedule

BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) — The Beijing 2022 organizers released the seventh edition of the competition schedule for the Olympic Winter Games on Tuesday, with curling mixed doubles the first event to start.

The latest version of the schedule was released following approval by the International Olympic Committee, and is still subject to change.

The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20, 2022. The Games program will include seven sports, 15 disciplines and 109 medal events.

Compared with PyeongChang 2018, seven new events have been added to the Beijing 2022 program, namely women’s monobob, short track speed skating mixed team relay, ski jumping mixed team, freestyle skiing aerials mixed team, freeski men’s big air, freeski women’s big air and snowboard cross mixed team.

According to the schedule, curling mixed doubles round robin will be the very first event of the Games, beginning on February 2, two days before opening ceremony. High-profile events of ice hockey, curling, figure skating and ice dance will be staged on the opening ceremony day, while the closing ceremony day features finals of men’s ice hockey, women’s curling, four-man bobsleigh, cross-country skiing women’s 30km mass start as well as the figure skating gala exhibition.

The events of short track speed skating will have six competition days. Five out of 12 competition sessions are arranged at night for figure skating.

With the Big Air Shougang the only snowboarding venue located in the Beijing Zone, with others in the Zhangjiakou Zone, the organizers noted that athletes with simultaneous entries in both Big Air and slopestyle will compete in both zones.

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