What to know about the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

Everything you need to know about the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games
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The 2022 Paralympic Winter Games begin on Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 13 in Beijing, China featuring roughly 564 athletes competing across a total of 78 medal events (39 for men, 35 for women, and 4 mixed events). See below for all of the answers to your frequently asked questions surrounding the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

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When are the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games and where are they taking place?

The 2022 Paralympic Winter Games begin on Friday, March 4, and end on Sunday, March 13 in Beijing, China.

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What sports are being contested at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games?

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Sled Hockey
  • Wheelchair Curling

Where did the word “Paralympic” come from?

The Paralympics are the parallel Games to the Olympics. The word itself derives from the Greek preposition “para” which means beside or alongside and the word “Olympic”. The merging of the two words symbolizes that the two movements–the Olympics and Paralympics–exist side by side.

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What is the Paralympic symbol and what does it mean?

The symbol of the Paralympic Games is composed of three Agitos (the Latin phrase for “I move”) colored in red, blue, and green to represent the national flags around the world. The Agitos encircle a central point symbolizing motion and highlighting the Paralympic Motto “Spirit in Motion” –bringing athletes from all corners of the world together to compete.

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Which countries have previously hosted the Winter Paralympic Games?

  • PyeongChang, South Korea (2018)
  • Sochi, Russia (2014)
  • Vancouver, Canada (2010)
  • Turin, Italy (2006)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (2002)
  • Nagano, Japan (1998)
  • Lillehammer, Norway (1994)
  • Tignes-Albertville, France (1992)
  • Innsbruck, Austria (1984, 1988)
  • Geilo, Norway (1980)
  • Ornskoldsvik, Sweden (1976)

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Who are the U.S. flagbearers for the Beijing Paralympics?

Alpine skiers Danelle Umstead and Tyler Carter will be the U.S. flagbearers for the Paralympic Opening Ceremony on Friday. Umstead, 50, is a three-time bronze medalist competing in the visually impaired classification. Carter, 28, is making his third Paralympic appearance. He finished 27th in the giant slalom in 2014 and 19th in the slalom in 2018. Beijing will be the final Games for both skiers.

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How can I watch the Winter Paralympic Games?

NBC Universal will provide over 230 hours of Paralympic programming across NBC, Peacock, USA Network, Olympic Channel, NBCOlympics.com, and the NBC Sports App.

In its most ambitious effort ever for a Winter Paralympics, NBCU’s coverage, which will once again be presented by Toyota, will feature a record 120 hours of television coverage; seven total hours on the NBC broadcast network, including three in primetime, a first for a Winter Paralympics; similar to the Beijing Olympics, coverage of all events and competition on Peacock; live coverage of the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony on USA Network; and comprehensive live streaming coverage on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app via authentication, including all television coverage as well as exclusive coverage of alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sled hockey, snowboarding, and wheelchair curling.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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