The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics began on February 4th and will last through February 20th. The games are taking place in Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou in China. There are a total of 15 winter sports played during the Winter Olympics: alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsledding, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, speed skating, and snowboarding.
The first event, men’s and women’s curling, started on Wednesday, February 2nd. The opening ceremony took place on Friday, the 4th, and the closing will be on the last day of the Olympics, Sunday, the 20th.
The mascot this year is a small panda named Bing Dwen Dwen. The name “Bing” symbolizes ice and also can mean “purity” and “strength,” while “Dwen Dwen” means “robust” or “lively” and it also represents children. The panda is wearing a full ice suit almost in the shape of an astronaut suit to represent the new technology of the future with infinite possibilities. Bing Dwen Dwen’s design was chosen from over 5,800 submissions from global competition, the submissions were reviewed and chosen by international art experts.
The Olympic committee decided not to delay anything due to Covid. They don’t want it to be a repeat of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics which was delayed one year when Covid started. Only limited residents of China will be able to attend any of the Olympic events though.
Current Gold Medal Count:
- Norway (15)
- Germany (10)
- USA (8)
- China (8)
- Netherlands (7)
- Sweden (7)
- Switzerland (7)
- Austria (6)
- Russian Olympic Committee (5)
- France (5)