How to watch the Opening Ceremony for the 2022 Winter Olympics: Live stream, TV channel, start time

The Opening Ceremony for the 2022 Winter Olympics takes place on Friday, February 4.
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The Winter Olympics are finally here and NBC Sports has you covered with all you need to know about today’s Opening Ceremony including the start time, date, live stream, schedule, TV channel, how to watch and more.

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When is the 2022 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony?

The Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics takes place on Friday, February 4 at National Stadium, also known as “The Bird’s Nest”. The stadium previously hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics and also served as the venue for Track and Field as well the men’s 2008 gold medal soccer game. However, the Birds Nest will not host any sporting competitions during the 2022 Winter Games.

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Competition actually begins two days earlier, with the Round Robin stage of Mixed Doubles Curling on February 2nd. But for many, the pageantry of the Opening Ceremony marks the official beginning of the Games.

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What time does the Opening Ceremony start?

Live coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET on February 4 with NBCU’s first-ever live morning presentation of a Winter Games Opening Ceremony. NBC and Peacock will provide unprecedented full-day coverage of the ceremony. See the full schedule of events below with additional information on how you can watch and stream the 2022 Winter Olympics live.

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Who are the Team USA Flag Bearers for the Opening Ceremony?

Speed skater Brittany Bowe and curler John Shuster will serve as the United States’ two flag bearers for the Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games.

Similar to last summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games, each National Olympic Committee was able to select two flag bearers for the Opening Ceremony –one woman and one man.

Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor was selected as one of the flag bearers through a vote by the athletes of the U.S. Olympic team but is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 since arriving in Beijing.

Bowe, who finished runner-up in the vote, will walk on behalf of Meyers Taylor, who called Bowe on FaceTime to give her the news that she had been selected as the new honorary flag bearer.

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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

How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on Peacock

Peacock will offer live stream coverage of every event of the 2022 Winter Games. Viewers will also be able to enjoy the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, NBC’s nightly primetime show, full replays of all competition available immediately upon conclusion, exclusive daily studio programming, medal ceremonies, extensive highlight clips, and more.


How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on NBC

For the second consecutive Winter Games and third overall, NBC will broadcast its primetime Olympic show live across all time zones.

What time does primetime coverage begin each night on NBC?

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 pm ET
  • Sunday: 7:00 pm ET

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Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

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Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here with redactions.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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