Beijing, China will host 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing, China will host 2022 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Comittee has selected Beijing, China to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer games, becoming the first city to host both a summer and winter games. Beijing will utilize six existing structures for certain events and will build six new competition venues. The skiing and snowboarding zones will be approximately 90km to 160km away, accessible by high speed rail. China hopes to not only entertain the world, but to bring the spirit of winter sports into people’s lives.

For more information, please see press release below.

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Press Release:

Beijing Awarded 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Following its general session meeting on July 31st in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected Beijing, China as the host city for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. As host of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the city of Beijing is very supportive of the Olympic culture and movement. In its first-ever Winter Games, Beijing will utilize new and existing venues to showcase Olympic and Paralympic sports to millions of fans in China and across the world.

Beijing’s vision for the Games seeks to incorporate winter sports into people’s lives, with the ultimate goal of improving overall fitness and health. Beijing 2022 has offered a regional concept intended to develop a winter sports market for more than 300 million people in northern China. The Games vision also aims to accelerate the development of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Sport, Culture and Tourism Belt, offering a new impetus for China’s economic growth and sustainable development in Beijing and Hebei Province, where the snow sports competitions would take place.

Beijing has proposed a three-zone event venue plan that relies on six existing and six new competition venues. The three zones will be linked by high-speed rail.
The venues for skiing and snowboarding are in an existing winter sports region, but have yet to be constructed. USSA athletes have competed often in China, especially in freestyle, but on other venues.
The Yanqing Zone, located approximately 90km northwest of the Beijing Olympic Green, will contain the alpine skiing venues. It has a proposed 2,190 meters top elevation; 1,360 meters bottom elevation.
The Zhangjiakou Zone, approximately 160km from the Beijing Olympic Green, will house venues for nordic combined, ski jumping, biathlon, cross country skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

The USSA is looking forward to bringing our athletes, staff and supporters to Beijing as we once again look to be Best in the World.

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