Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Summary-Part 2-Events

3 Athletes of 2022 Winter Olympics

The number of male and female athletes taking part in Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics reached 1578 and 1314 respectively, which is a record high in the history of the Winter Olympics. Delegations from 91 countries and regions took part in this game. And the total number of media workers is as high as 8,210.

4 Events

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics consists of 15 sports. They are:

Alpine skiing,  Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling,Figure Skating,  Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined,Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, Speed Skating,

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics 15 sports
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics 15 sports

On July 18, 2018, the International Olympic Committee announced that 7 new events were added to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics with totally 109 gold medals.

5 Competition venue

The 2022 Winter Olympics venues are located in Beijing urban area (Beijing competition area), Beijing Yanqing Dazhuangke Village (Yanqing competition area) and Zhangjiakou Chongli Prince City area (Zhangjiakou competition area).

5.1 Beijing Division

National Sport Stadium

National Sport Stadium
National Sport Stadium

Known as the “Bird’s Nest” for its unique design, the iconic stadium was once again the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics following the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

National Speed Skating Stadium

3 National Speed Skating Hall
3 National Speed Skating Hall

Located in Beijing, the China National Speed Skating Stadium is designed to showcase the elegance, precision, speed and dynamism of speed skating with a unique look. Known as the “Ice Ribbon”, it hosted speed skating competitions during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The design creates an intense arena atmosphere, with 22 light strips (or ribbons) spiraling up around an elliptical surface, interwoven into a cocoon, with a height of about 33.8 meters. This “shell” largely ensures the comfort and convenience of the audience. When night falls, the exterior of the building presents a splendid scene, and each light strip becomes a dynamic light strip, with various lighting effects changing endlessly. The National Speed Skating Stadium covers an area of 17 hectares and has a 400-meter-long track with the highest standard ice surface in the world. The venue can accommodate about 12,000 spectators, all close to the competition venue. Two basement levels are used for venue services and parking.

Shougang Ski Jumping Platform

5 Shougang Ski Jumping Platform
5 Shougang Ski Jumping Platform

Shougang Ski Jumping Platform is the world’s first permanent platform for Big Air, and it is also the first competition venue in the history of the Winter Olympics that is directly combined with the reuse of industrial heritage. The design of the platform is inspired by the match between the profile curve of the platform competition and the image of the “Flying” streamer in Dunhuang. The main structure of the platform is a steel structure, with a total height of 60.5 meters and a length of about 164 meters. The main structure uses 4,100 tons of steel, of which a large number of high-strength steel and weathering steel, saving steel consumption by 9.75% and reducing carbon emissions by about 950 tons. The section curve of the platform structure meets the requirements of the Big Air competition, and at the same time reserves the possibility of section change for the aerial skill competition. In terms of shape, the three streamers simply express the concept of “flying” streamers. The top streamer marks the departure area, and the middle streamer is the main body wrapped with wind-resistant columns, competition lighting poles and safety nets to support structural columns, as well as wind-proof functions.

National Aquatics Center

National Aquatics Center
National Aquatics Center

As the “Water Cube” as the competition venue for swimming, diving and synchronized swimming in the 2008 Olympic Games, it was transformed into “Ice Cube” and become the competition venue for the curling event. It is also the world’s first “ice and water conversion” venue. The temperature of the ice surface is about minus 8.5 degrees Celsius, while 1.5 meters away from the ice surface, it becomes 10 degrees Celsius to ± 2 degrees Celsius, and then it becomes 18 degrees Celsius in the audience area.Humidity control should reduce the dew point temperature to minus 4 degrees Celsius.

Wukesong Sports Center

Wukesong Sports Center
Wukesong Sports Center

Wukesong Sports Center stadium has undergone an 8-month renovation. After the renovation, the stadium is equipped with two sizes of convertible ice rinks of 30×60 meters and 26×60 meters. It is not only a general-purpose venue for ice hockey, short track speed skating, figure skating and other events, but also can be restored to a basketball court within 6 hours.

National Stadium

Wukesong Sports Center
Wukesong Sports Center

The design of National stadium is similar to the traditional Chinese folding fan, so it is nicknamed the “fan”. This stadium was constructed for 2008 Summer Olympic Games, now the appearance has maintained its original appearance as much as possible. The selection of façade materials and the division of space scales are consistent with the original buildings. In addition, the exterior façade of the expanded training hall is designed with a glass curtain wall, which can fully introduce natural lighting. Through the external shading and internal shading systems, natural lighting can be adjusted to minimize lighting energy consumption.

Capital Gymnasium

Capital Gymnasium
Capital Gymnasium

Host figure skating and short track speed skating competitions were held here during the Winter Olympics.

Beijing Winter Olympic Village

Located in Plot No. 11, Olympic Sports Culture Business Park, Chaoyang District, the core area of Beijing Olympic Park , it is mainly used to receive athletes participating in ice sports in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The Olympic Village’s facilities include 2,300 beds to accommodate athletes and competition officials for the Winter Olympics. With the Winter Olympics and Paralympics over, the health and intelligence-themed Olympic Village will become public housing for rent to the public. The total construction area is about 333,000 square meters. There are 20 residential buildings. The construction area is about 190,000 square meters. There are 11 main building residences, with a maximum of 17 floors and a building height of 60 meters. The structural form is an underground reinforced concrete structure and an above-ground prefabricated steel structure building. 

5.2 Yanqing Division

National Sliding Center

National Sliding Center
National Sliding Center

The National Snowmobile Center ha the first skiing sports track in China and the third track in Asia. The center can accommodate 2,000 seats and 8,000 standing seats. After the Winter Olympics, the center will be used to host international competitions and will also be a training ground for the Chinese national team.

National Alpine Skiing Center

National Alpine Skiing Center
National Alpine Skiing Center

The National Alpine Ski Center is located in the Xiaohaituo Mountains in the northwest of Yanqing. It consists of seven ski runs with a maximum vertical drop of 900 meters. The venue will continue to be used for international competitions and athlete training after the Winter Olympics. It can accommodate 5000 seats and 3500 standing seats.

Yanqing Winter Olympic Village

Yanqing Winter Olympic Village

The Yanqing Winter Olympic Village was designed according to the cultural characteristics of mountain villages in northern China, highlighting the characteristics of Chinese culture and environmental protection, as well as the athlete-centered design concept. During the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the venue can accommodate 1,430 athletes and team officials.

5.3 Zhangjiakou Division

National Ski Jumping Center

National Ski Jumping Center

The first standard ski jumping venue in China, with a drop of more than 130 meters between the top and the ground. “Xue Ruyi” hosted all five ski jumping events and all three Nordic biathlon events. The venue can accommodate 4,850 seats and 5,000 standing seats.

National Biathlon Center

National Biathlon Center

The National Biathlon Center is located in the valley on the northeast side of Taizicheng area, Chongli District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province. From north to south, there are shooting range, the track, the starting and ending areas, and the technical building of the venue arranged in sequence. The total length of the track is 8.7 kilometers, along the natural terrain of the mountain. It is divided into the main competition track, the Paralympic sitting track and the training track. There are also underground connecting corridors that cross the starting area of the track, connecting the technical building with the equipment storage area and the shooting range. The National Biathlon Centre hosted 11 biathlon events for the 2022 Winter Olympics. After the Winter Olympics, the center will become a tourist attraction in addition to the training of the Chinese national team.

National Cross-Country Ski Center

National Cross-Country Ski Center

From west to east, it is the venue operation comprehensive area, the athlete comprehensive area, the venue technology building, the venue media center and the broadcast comprehensive area. Among them, the total length of the track is 9.7 kilometers, which is divided into the competition track in the east valley and the training track in the south valley; the construction area of the technical building of the venue is 4,890 square meters, with a basement floor and four floors above ground. The basement floor is doping control station. The first floor is mainly used for competition management, the second floor is the platform, the third floor is the Olympic family, and the fourth floor is the technical room for competitions such as arbitration, scoring and timing.

Yunding Ski Park

Yunding Ski Park

It is an existing ski resort that is home to freestyle skiing and snowboarding during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The facilities used by the Winter Olympics are temporary and the venues will be returned to their owners after the event. The park will have two separate venues: Park A for freestyle skiing and Park B for snowboarding. Each venue can accommodate 7,500 spectators.

Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Village

Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Village

2,640 athletes and team officials stayed in this village during the Winter Olympics and Paralympics . After the Olympics, the site will be transformed into a commercial area.

6 Progress

The Beijing Winter Olympics have 19 competition days and 228 competition units. The competition started on February 2, 2022, the opening ceremony was held on the 4th, and the closing ceremony was held on February 20. Curling was the earliest event, with the first mixed doubles round-robin match two days before the opening ceremony. The cross-country skiing women’s 30km collective start final is the last event to end, which was held in the afternoon of the closing ceremony on February 20.

6.1 Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony 1
Opening ceremony 1

At 20:00 on February 4, 2022, the 2022 Winter Olympics opened. At the opening ceremony, the countdown design of the 24 solar terms, the crystal clear “five rings of ice and snow”, the romantic and beautiful snowflake torch platform, the dazzling digital light and shadow, and the unique creative environmental friendly ignition have ignited the enthusiasm of people all over the world for ice and snow, and also let the world marvel at the romantic side of Chinese people. More details you can visit Olympic official site.

6.2 Medals table

After 19 days of competition, teams from 91 countries and regions won a total of 109 gold medals, 109 silver medals and 109 bronze medals. The Norwegian delegation led the Beijing Winter Olympics gold medal list with an excellent record of 15 gold medals, and became the delegation with the most gold medals in a single Winter Olympics in history. The table below shows the total number of medals won by each country.

Beijing 2022 Olympic Medal table

6.3 Closing ceremony

Beijing 2022 Olympic closing ceremony
Beijing 2022 Olympic closing ceremony

At 8 pm on February 20, 2022, the closing ceremony of the XXIV Winter Olympic Games was held at the National Stadium.

The closing ceremony is mainly based on the ceremonial link stipulated by the International Olympic Committee, and the performance is integrated into the ceremony through ingenious design; the element of Beijing’s “Double Olympic City” will be specially designed and presented at the closing. When the fire of the Winter Olympics was finally extinguished, a momentary physical reproduction of the 2008 Olympic Games seemed to rewind time;

After the Olympic flag handover ceremony, the theme of the “Eight Minutes” performance by the hosts of the next Winter Olympics, Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo in Italy, was “Twin Cities, Gathering Together”. Duality, Together”). The theme is consistent with the Beijing Winter Olympics theme slogan and the newly added Olympic motto.

On the basis of continuing the “simple” style of the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics once again presented Chinese-style romance and “double Olympics” feelings through the organic integration of ceremony and performance.

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