Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

On July 31st, 2015, at the 128th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the bid to host the 24th Winter Olympic Games was awarded to Beijing, together with its suburban Yanqing County, and nearby Zhangjiakou City. This is the first time for China to hold the Winter Olympics, and the third time to host an Olympics following the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics. The 24th Winter Games will be held in 2022, from February 4th to 20th. Then, Beijing will be the first city in the world to stage both Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics.

Slogan and Concepts

The slogan is “Joyful Rendezvous upon Pure Ice and Snow”. The three concepts are to run an athletes-centered games, to ensure sustainable development, and to host an economical games.

Emblem

The emblem was unveiled on August 1, 2015. The emblem resembles the Chinese character “冬” which means “winter” in English. At the top of the character is a person snowboarding. On the left of the emblem is the name of the main host city. On the right is the year in which it will be held, 2022. The character has the same colors as the Olympic Rings, including red, yellow, green, black, and blue. They contrast finely with each other.

Schedule and Venues

The 2022 Winter Games includes 102 minor competitions in 15 major events. It will last 17 days from February 4th to 20th. Ice sports will be held in five venues in downtown Beijing, while snow sports will be held in two venues in suburban Yanqing County and five venues in nearby Zhangjiakou City of Hebei Province. Additionally, there will be 13 non-competition venues to award medals and accomodate athletes.

 See details of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Venues 

Competition Venues Sports Gross Capacity Location
National Aquatics Center Curling 4,500 Beijing
Wukesong Sports Center Ice Hockey 9,000
National Indoor Stadium 18,000
National Speed Skating Oval Speed Skating 12,000
Capital Indoor Stadium Short Track Speed Skating 18,000
Figure Skating
National Sliding Center Bobsleigh 10,000 Yanqing
Skeleton
Luge  
National Alpine Ski Center Alpine Skiing 8,500 
Biathlon Center Biathlon 10,000 Zhangjiakou
Nordic Center Cross Country Venue Cross Country Skiing; Nordic Combined 10,000 
Nordic Center Ski Jumping Venue Ski Jumping; Nordic Combined 10,000
Genting Snow Park A Freestyle Skiing 7,500
Genting Snow Park B Snowboard 7,500 
 
Non-competition Venues Functions Location
National Stadium Opening and Closing Ceremonies Beijing
China National Convention Center Main Press Center (MPC); International Broadcasting Center (IBC) 
Capital Short Track Speed Skating Hall Training Venues 
Capital Skating Oval  
Capital Indoor Stadium Training Hall  
Beijing Medal Plaza To award medals 
Beijing Olympic Village To accommodate athletes and coaches 
Yanqing Mountain Media Center Mountain Media Center (MMC)  Yanqing
Yanqing Medal Plaza To award medals 
Yanqing Olympic Village To accommodate athletes and coaches 
Zhangjiakou Mountain Media Center Mountain Media Center (MMC) Zhangjiakou
Zhangjiakou Medal Plaza To award medals 
Zhangjiakou Olympic Village To accommodate athletes and coaches 


Preparatory Work

Of the twelve competition venues, six are exisiting and six will be newly built. Four competition venues have been inherited from the 2008 Summer Olympics: the National Aquatics Center, the Wukesong Sports Center, the National Indoor Stadium, and the Capital Indoor Stadium. Two will be transformed from the Genting Resort Secret Garden in Zhangjiakou: the Genting Snow Park A and the Genting Snow Park B. The other six will be newly constructed. The National Speed Skating Oval will be built in downtown Beijing. The National Alpine Ski Center and the National Sliding Center will be constructed in Yanqing. The Biathlon Center, the Nordic Center Cross Country Venue, and the Nordic Center Ski Jumping Venue will be built in Zhangjiakou.

The Beijing-Zhangjiakou High Speed Railway will be opened to traffic in 2019. The trains will run at a top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h) and will take as little as 50 minutes or so to travel between the two host cities.

Fang Li, the Minister of the Environmental Protection  Department for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games Bid Committee, has contended that compared with the level of air quality in 2012, the level of the PM 2.5 will decrease by at least 40% by 2022 as a result of on-going control and management.

China and Winter Olympics

In 1980, Chinese athletes took part for the first time in the Winter Olympiad at Lake Placid, New York, United States. At the 1992 Winter Olympiad in Albertville, France, Chinese athletes won medals for the first time: Ye Qiaobo won two silver medals in the women’s 500 meters and 1,000 meters speed skating races. At the same Olympiad, Li Yan won a silver medal in the short track speed skating race. At the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, Chinese athlete Yang Yang won a gold medal in the women’s 500 meters short track speed skating race. This was the first gold medal won in Winter Games in Chinese history. In the 2014 Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia, China won three gold medals, four silver medals, and two bronze medals, the twelfth place on the medal table.

 Further Reading:
Beijing Winter Travel

- Last modified on Apr. 03, 2019 -