Looking Ahead to the 2022 Winter Olympics

Jason Darling, Sports Editor

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games have recently come to a close and they did not disappoint.  It was two weeks that were packed full of upsets and crazy finishes, like Shaun White’s final halfpipe run or the USA curling gold medal upset. The Olympics ended on February 25 with the United States finishing fourth in the medal count, behind Norway, Germany, and Canada.

The next Winter Olympics will be in 2022 after they 2020 summer olympics in Tokyo. They 2022 Olympics will be in Beijing, China, which will make China the first city to host both the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics.

During the bidding stage, where countries make their cases for hosting the Olympics, it came down to China and Kazakhstan, with China winning by four votes.

Many people believe that China was a good candidate because China has one of largest economies in the world, so they can afford the infrastructure that the Olympics require. Also, while China doesn’t have the coldest average temperature, it does have the benefit of having some of the infrastructure left over from the 2008 summer olympics.

Most of the snow sports, like snowboarding, skiing, and bobsled, will take place in the mountainous Hebei province that is close to Beijing, while the hockey, speed skating, and figure skating will take place in Beijing.

There have been many new events proposed for the 2022 Olympics, including men’s and women’s big air skiing, and seven sports in the discipline of luge. Whether these events are included is up the International Olympic Committee.

There have been some concerns about Beijing as a host city however, like the lack of reliable snowfall where venues are planned to be built. If there was no snowfall, snow would either have to be made on site, or transported from somewhere else; both methods are very expensive. Regardless of concerns, however, the 2022 Winter Olympics will take place from February fourth to the 20th.