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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics add seven new events

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Seven new events were added to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic program:

Women’s monobobsled
Short track mixed team relay
Ski jumping mixed team event
Freestyle skiing big air (men and women)
Aerials mixed team event
Snowboard cross mixed team event

The additions bring the Winter Olympic total number of events to 109, an all-time high and nearly double the amount of events at the 1992 Winter Games.

The number of women’s hockey teams will increase from eight to 10 in 2022, but the overall number of athletes is expected to be fewer than the 2,933 in PyeongChang. The International Olympic Committee said athlete quotas will decrease in some sports, but no events have been contracted. Alpine skiing’s super combined events are still under review as to whether they will remain in the Olympic program.

The IOC said the Winter Olympics will have its highest-ever gender balance in 2022, rising from 41 percent female athletes to more than 45 percent.

The IOC had a “long discussion” about adding a women’s event in Nordic combined, the only sport without a women’s event in the Winter Games, IOC sports director Kit McConnell said.

“Nordic combined, and women’s in particular, still need to be developed further in terms of universality [the number of countries with Olympic-level athletes], in terms of the level of the athletes,” McConnell said.

The IOC also weighed whether to add a four-woman bobsled event rather than women’s monobobsled. The Games have two-man and two-woman events and a four-man event.

McConnell said the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation was “very supportive” of monobob, in part because it is already on the Youth Olympic program.

“Woman’s four-man bob costs three or four times of monobob,” McConnell said. “We felt there would be more universality in the women’s monobob. We really didn’t see more than a handful of countries really developing women’s four-man programs because of the costs involved.”

Beijing will mark the third straight Winter Olympics to add mixed-gender events. In 2014, mixed relays in biathlon and luge debuted, as well as the figure skating team event. In PyeongChang, a mixed Alpine skiing team event and mixed doubles curling debuted.

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It’s about the journey and the destination for Huwiler Gasser

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It is often said, even over-used, that athletes competing in the Olympics (along with their families) had a long journey to get to the Games. Most of the time, people mean it figuratively. But, in the case of Mischa Gasser’s father, Huwiler, it’s literal.

His son Mischa was competing in men’s aerials in PyeongChang, and Huwiler needed a way to get there. He didn’t choose the traditional option of a flight, or a train, or even a car.

For the past year, Huwiler, his wife Rita Ruttimann and his dad have been cycling from Switzerland to PyeongChang. That details riding through Europe and into Iran, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam, eventually arriving in South Korea.

The impressive feat doesn’t surprise Gasser.

Gasser’s father rode through 20 countries in 12 months. The journey required biking almost 10,565 miles (17,000km). They rode through mountains and even on the infamous Pamir Highway. They had to climb terrain approximately 15,275 feet above sea level. That’s equivalent to about 10 Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other.

Olympic freestyle skiing schedule

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NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event of the PyeongChang Winter Games.

The freestyle skiing streaming schedule is here.

The sport’s full, event-by-event schedule is here:

Women’s moguls qualifying
Feb. 8 8-8:45 p.m. ET

Men’s moguls qualifying
Feb. 8 9:45-10:30 p.m. ET

Women’s moguls finals
Feb. 11 5:30-6 a.m. ET
7-8:40 a.m. ET

Men’s moguls finals
Feb. 12 5:30-6 a.m. ET
7-8:40 a.m. ET

Women’s aerials qualifying
Feb. 15 6-7:15 a.m. ET

Women’s aerials finals
Feb. 16 6-7:20 a.m. ET

Women’s ski slopestyle
Feb. 16 8-9:40 p.m. ET (qualifying)
11 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET (final)

Men’s aerials qualifying
Feb. 17 6-7:15 a.m. ET

Men’s ski slopestyle
Feb. 17 8-10:05 p.m. ET (qualifying)
11:15-12:50 a.m. ET (final)

Men’s aerials finals
Feb. 18 6-7:20 a.m. ET

Women’s ski halfpipe qualifying
Feb. 18 8-9:25 p.m. ET

Women’s ski halfpipe final
Feb. 19 8:30-9:55 p.m. ET

Men’s ski halfpipe qualifying
Feb. 19 11 p.m.-12:25 a.m. ET

Men’s ski cross
Feb. 20 9:30-10:15 p.m. ET (seeding)
11:15 p.m.-12:55 a.m. ET (finals)

Men’s ski halfpipe final
Feb. 21 9:30-11 p.m. ET

Women’s ski cross
Feb. 22 9:30-10:15 p.m. ET (seeding)
11:15 p.m.-12:55 a.m. ET (finals)

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