When do the 2022 Winter Olympics start? Opening Ceremony time, TV, live stream tonight

When does the Opening Ceremony take place for the 2022 Winter Olympics?
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The 2022 Winter Olympics officially kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 4, and run through Sunday, February 20 in Beijing, China. Competition begins with early rounds of curling on Wednesday, February 2, two days before the Opening Ceremony. Watch the 2022 Winter Olympics live on Peacock: click here to sign up!

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China will be 13 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, and 16 hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone so in a similar fashion to the Tokyo Games, viewers will have access to unprecedented full-day coverage of the Opening Ceremony. Live coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. Click here for a day-by-day TV viewing guide to the 2022 Winter Olympics featuring the most highly anticipated moments for each day. 

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The Opening Ceremony will take place at the National Stadium, which is also referred to as “The Bird’s Nest”. The stadium previously hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and also served as the venue for Track and Field as well the men’s 2008 gold medal soccer game. However, the Bird’s Nest will not host any sporting competitions during the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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The Beijing Winter Games will debut seven new Olympic events: 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. In total, there will be 109 medal events across 15 sports. Click here to find the full list of events.

While the Olympics are taking place in China, Super Bowl LVI will take place on February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and NBC will have coverage of it all.

How to watch the Opening Ceremony on NBC and Peacock

Live coverage of the Opening Ceremony begins at 6:30 a.m. ET on Friday, February 4. See below for the full schedule:

  • 6:30 am:  NBCU’s first-ever live morning presentation of a Winter Games Opening Ceremony.
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am: A special edition of the Today show featuring reaction to the Opening Ceremony and athlete interviews.
  • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: NBCU will review the highlights of the Opening Ceremony and look ahead to the biggest storylines of the Winter Olympics with its first-ever daytime show.
  • 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm: An enhanced primetime presentation of the Opening Ceremony with a special focus on the athletes of Team USA in addition to the traditional performances, pageantry, and Parade of Nations

When is the 2022 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony?

The Closing Ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 20, also at the National Stadium in Beijing.

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Alexa Knierim, Brandon Frazier top pairs’ short at U.S. Figure Skating Championships

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World champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier lead after the pairs’ short program in what may be their last U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Knierim and Frazier, who last March became the first U.S. pair to win a world title since 1979, tallied 81.96 points to open the four-day nationals on Thursday.

They lead by 15.1 over Emily Chan and Spencer Howe going into Saturday’s free skate in San Jose, California. The top three teams from last year’s event — which Knierim and Frazier missed due to him contracting COVID-19 — are no longer competing together.

After nationals, a committee selects three U.S. pairs for March’s world championships in Japan.

FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS: Full Scores | Broadcast Schedule

Before the fall Grand Prix Series, the 31-year-old Knierim said this will probably be their last season competing together, though the pair also thought they were done last spring. They don’t expect to make a final decision until after a Stars on Ice tour this spring.

“I don’t like to just put it out there and say it is the last or not going to be the last because life just has that way of throwing curveballs, and you just never know,” Frazier said this month. “But I would say that this is the first nationals where I’m going to go in really trying to soak up every second as if it is my last because you just don’t know.”

Knierim is going for a fifth U.S. title, which would tie the record for a pairs’ skater since World War II, joining Kyoka Ina, Tai Babilonia, Randy Gardner, Karol Kennedy and Peter Kennedy. Knierim’s first three titles, and her first Olympics in 2018, were with husband Chris, who retired in 2020.

Knierim is also trying to become the first female pairs’ skater in her 30s to win a national title since 1993. Knierim and ice dancer Madison Chock are trying to become the first female skaters in their 30s to win a U.S. title in any discipline since 1995.

After being unable to defend their 2021 U.S. title last year, Knierim and Frazier reeled off a series of historic results in what had long been the country’s weakest discipline.

They successfully petitioned for an Olympic spot and placed sixth at the Games, best for a U.S. pair since 2002. They considered retirement after their world title, which was won without the top five teams from the Olympics in attendance. They returned in part to compete as world champions and to give back to U.S. skating, helping set up younger pairs for success.

They became the first U.S. pair to win two Grand Prix Series events, then in December became the first U.S. pair to make a Grand Prix Final podium (second place). The world’s top pairs were absent; Russians banned due to the war in Ukraine and Olympic champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong from China leaving competition ice (for now).

Knierim and Frazier’s real test isn’t nationals. It’s worlds, where they will likely be the underdog to home favorites Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, who edged the Americans by 1.3 points in the closest Grand Prix Final pairs’ competition in 12 years.

Nationals continue with the rhythm dance and women’s short program later Thursday.

NBC Sports’ Sarah Hughes (not the figure skater) contributed to this report.

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2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships scores, results

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Full scores and results from the 2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose …

Pairs Short Program
1. Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier — 81.96
2. Emily Chan/Spencer Howe — 66.86
3. Ellie Kam/Danny O’Shea —- 65.75
4. Valentina Plazas/Maximiliano Fernandez — 63.45
5. Sonia Baram/Danil Tioumentsev —- 63.12
6. Katie McBeath/Nathan Bartholomay —- 56.96
7. Nica Digerness/Mark Sadusky — 50.72
8. Maria Mokhova/Ivan Mokhov —- 46.96
9. Grace Hanns / Danny Neudecker — 46.81
10. Linzy Fitzpatrick/Keyton Bearinger — 45.27
11. Nina Ouellette/Rique Newby-Estrella — 43.99

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