How To Watch the 2022 Winter Olympics Online

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The Winter Olympics may still be a few months away, but with the typical end-of-year frenzy already upon us, the prestigious sporting event will be here before we know it. So now is as fine a time as any to start plotting out your viewing schedules, and figuring out which days may be appropriate to call in sick to work so that you can stay home and watch.

This year’s Winter Olympics take place in Beijing, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics. It was a close race, but in the end the Chinese capital won the rights to host the games over Almaty, Kazakhstan and Oslo, Norway (which eventually pulled its bid due to a lack of support).

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When the games go down, however, it won’t just be Beijing serving as host; the events will be spread out. Curling, figure skating, hockey and speed skating take place in the city centre, while sliding sports and skiing take place an hour northwest. Looking for snowboarding? You’ll have to go about two hours northwest of the city, to a city named Zhangjiakou.

Luckily, if you plan on watching the events go down online, you won’t have to worry about a commute at all. That’s a good thing because there are 109 medal events across 15 sports this year — that’s quite the haul! So how do you watch this year’s festivities, anyhow?

  

When Are the Winter Olympics?

The Opening Ceremony takes place at the National Stadium in Beijing on February 4, however some events will kick off two days earlier. The Closing Ceremony is also being held there when it takes place on February 20. Unlike at the Summer Olympics, these are the only two events taking place at the Stadium (also known as The Birds Nest) this time around.

  

How to Watch the Winter Olympics Online

Although the exact schedule is still to be determined, you’ll probably want to sign up for your free subscription of the ad-based streaming service Peacock if you want to watch the 2022 events. Events are also expected to stream on NBCSports.com, and like the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, some events should also be made available on Hulu + Live TV. YouTube with Live TV and Sling are also potential options to keep your eyes on as the viewing schedules unfold in the coming weeks.

Peacock TV

Peacock TV

$4.99/month
  

Sling TV

Sling TV

$35.00/month

  

Hulu Live + TV

Hulu Live TV

7 Days Free Trial, then $64.99/month

  

YouTube TV

YouTube TV

$64.99/month

  

Can You Watch the Winter Olympics For Free?

Technically no, you can’t watch all of the Olympics for free since not every service carries every event. But if you have access to any of those aforementioned streaming services you should be fairly covered. Meanwhile, if you haven’t yet cut the cord and still have access to NBC, then you’re golden. (Pun intended.) That’s because NBC has the exclusive broadcast rights to every version of the Games through to 2032. They paid good money for those rights — $7.75 billion to be exact — so ensuring that you have access to NBC and its platforms (including the expected Olympics app) is your best bet for full coverage.

  

Who Are the Major U.S. Players at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

There are way too many to list, but there are already some cool stories emerging about these athletes. Twenty-six-year-old alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin is back for her third Winter Olympics, and she could glide out of this thing as the most decorated American alpine skier in history. Then there’s snowboard superstar Shaun White, who is now 35 years old and making his fifth appearance at the games. He’s jumping on that board in hopes of becoming the first male snowboarder to win four Olympic gold medals.

Chloe Kim, who made waves with a Gold medal in her Olympic debut, had to skip her second Olympics due to a broken ankle but is now back and after a halfpipe gold. And let’s not forget 31-year-old free-skier David Wise, who is back following a broken femur in 2019, or Jamie Anderson, a.k.a. the most decorated woman in the history of Winter X Games and Olympic snowboarding history, who is back in hopes of becoming the first snowboarder to win five Olympic medals.

  

What’s New At the Winter Olympics In 2022?

There are seven new Olympic events at the 2022 games: Women’s Monobob, Men’s and Women’s Big Air (Freestyle Skiing), Mixed Team Snowboard Cross, Mixed Team Aerials, Mixed Team Short Track Relay and Mixed Team Ski Jumping.

  

Where to Buy Winter Olympics Merchandise

Because everyone wants their athletes to look their finest, the official 2022 Team USA uniforms for the Beijing Winter Olympics are being fashioned by Ralph Lauren. Part of the mission this year is sustainability, which is why many of the newly designed pieces incorporate recycled polyester and Responsible Wool Standard certified U.S. grown wool.

While we wait to get our hands on some of the official Olympics merch, here are a few items you can grab in the meantime.

1. USA Red White & Blue Knitted Stocking Cap

Keep calm and stay warm with this knitted cap, which comes in Team USA colors and features a fun pompom for extra bounce the next time you’re sledding or skiing down that hill.

Team USA knitted hat Image courtesy of Amazon

USA Red White & Blue Knitted Stocking Cap

$17.50
  

2. 2022 Winter Olympics Mascot

It’s cute, it’s cuddly, it’s the official 2022 mascot — what more could you possibly want in a plushie? Grab one and snuggle in for an extra bit of comfort as you tune into the Winter Games this February.

2022 Winter Olympics mascot plushie Image courtesy of Amazon

2022 Winter Olympics Mascot

  

3. NEOPlex USA Olympics Flag

Go that extra mile and show your support for this year’s crop of athletes with a Team USA flag. Hang one at home, in the office or both and maybe you’ll help to get other viewers into the spirit of the games, too.

USA Olympic flag Image courtesy of Amazon

NEOPlex USA Olympics Flag

$8.99
  

4. 8 Pieces Medal Shaped Flat Bottle Opener

Hosting an Olympic viewing party? Make everyone a winner with these slightly kitschy, but oh-so-on-brand bottle openers that are shaped like a gold medal. They’re fun and practical since no one will have to go looking for a bottle opener every time they pop another cold one.

Olympic medal bottle openers Image courtesy of Amazon

8 Pieces Medal Shaped Flat Bottle Opener

$17.97 $19.98 10% OFF
  

5. Lucky Brand Men’s USA Flag Tee Shirt

Prefer to support Team USA in an understated way? This retro flag t-shirt ought to do the trick. It’s perfect for busting out during your favorite events, plus you can always reuse it for the Fourth of July, you thrifty t-shirt buyer, you.

USA t-shirt in blue Image courtesy of Amazon

Lucky Brand Men's USA Flag Tee Shirt

$29.50
  

6. Rapiddominance Polo Style USA Cap

Of course, you can never go wrong with a good old-fashioned ball cap, which is just as functional in the winter months as it is in the summer (well, depending on where you live). Plus, this one comes with a brass buckle closure and a padded sweatband, making it perfect for your own sporty activities.

Team USA ball cap Image courtesy of Amazon

Rapiddominance Polo Style USA Cap

$11.70
  

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