Frequently Asked Questions: Beijing 2022 Olympic Games – Team Canada

(Photo AP / Jae C. Hong)

While it may seem that Tokyo 2020 has just come to an end, two more weeks of nighttime action from East Asia are already upon us!

The Beijing 2022 Games promise to be a unique and special event. So, let’s see if some frequently asked questions about these Winter Olympics can be answered.

What time is it in Beijing?

Although China is a large country, it only has one time zone. Canada, which is also a large country, has six. So here’s a tip that can help you know which events take place at what time.

Assign a number to your time zone: Pacific (4), Mountain (3), Central (2), Eastern (1), Atlantic (0) and Newfoundland (-0.5).

READ: Beijing 2022 Olympic Program

Choose a local time in Beijing, go back half a day and then go back according to your time zone. So, if you’re in Vancouver and see an event starting Tuesday at 11am in Beijing, go back half a day (Monday at 11pm) and then go back another four hours (Monday at 7pm). In Toronto? Monday at 22:00 San Giovanni? Monday at 11:30 pm (yes, ahead of half an hour).

You can also save everything and watch the rehearsals later … but let’s face it, it’s less fun.

Yanqing National Sliding Center on the outskirts of Beijing.  The venue will host bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events during the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The Yanqing National Sliding Center during a media tour in Yanqing on the outskirts of Beijing on Friday, February 5, 2021. The venue will host bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events during the Beijing Winter Olympics. (Photo AP / Mark Schiefelbein)

Is it very cold in Beijing?

The temperature in the Chinese capital is generally between 5 ° C and -5 ° C in February, with an average around freezing … so a very mild temperature, by Canadian standards. However, in the other two areas hosting events for these Games, the picture is different.

READ: Venues of the Beijing 2022 Olympics

In Zhangjiakou, which will host Nordic skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding events, the temperature drops between 1 ° C and -10 ° C. Then, in Yanqing, which will host bobsleigh, skeleton, luge and alpine skiing, temperatures between -1 ° C and -10 ° C are expected.

Isabelle Weidemann, Maddison Pearman, Alexa Scott, Valerie Maltais and Ivanie Blondin during a workout with coach Remmelt Eldering at the National Speed ​​Skating Oval during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Isabelle Weidemann, Maddison Pearman, Alexa Scott, Valerie Maltais and Ivanie Blondin during a workout with coach Remmelt Eldering at the National Speed ​​Skating Oval during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on January 29, 2022. (Photo: DaveHolland / Canadian Sport Institute Calgary)

What’s new in 2022?

There are seven new events this year, the most exciting of which may be the women’s monobob. As the name suggests, this is a one-person bob, offering women a second Olympic event.

Big air ski (male and female) also makes its debut at the Games, as well as mixed team competitions of freestyle ski jumping, ski jumping and snowboard cross. There will also be a mixed short track speed skating relay.

Where can I find these Team Canada clothing?

For the first time ever, Team Canada uniforms were designed by lululemon. The company collaborated with Canadian Olympians and Paralympics over a period of 18 months to create a design that maximizes comfort and performance.

The theme of the Team Canada and lululemon collection is “Canada to the Heart”, which according to the designers “represents a modern Canada focused on diversity, innovation and transformation”. The brand will be Team Canada’s official outfit during the 2028 Los Angeles Games, and fans will be able to purchase their clothing in lululemon stores and online.

Figure skating athletes Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier wear the uniform of lululemon's Beijing 2022 opening ceremony.
Figure skating athletes Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier wear the uniform of lululemon’s Beijing 2022 opening ceremony.


Where is the Russian team?

As was the case in Tokyo, Russian athletes will compete under the name and flag of the Russian Olympic Committee (COR). In 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned Russia from international competition for four years; however, the sentence was reduced on appeal. Russian athletes can participate in events such as the Olympics and Paralympics, but without using the country’s name, flag or anthem.

Four years ago, at PyeongChang 2018, Russian athletes competed under the banner of the Russian Olympic Athletes (AOR), as it was COR itself serving a suspension from WADA.

Athletes of the Russian Olympic Committee departing from the airport.
Team members of the Russian Olympic Committee walk at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, Russia, prior to departure for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. (AP Photo / Pavel Golovkin)

What is the “closed loop”?

In order to reduce or even eliminate the transmission of COVID-19 during these Olympic Games, the hosts have implemented a “closed loop” system. Each of the three competition areas forms its own bubble, with the aim that athletes and delegates never come into contact with the general public.

There is also an elaborate screening program, isolation centers for anyone testing positive, and immediate return flights for all visitors after the Games. This is in addition to the protocols on mask use and spacing that were already in place in Tokyo.

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