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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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Moioili wins gold in women’s snowboard cross, Jacobellis fourth

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Gold: Michaela Moioli (ITA)

Silver: Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau (FRA)

Bronze: Eva Samkova (CZE)

Lindsey Jacobellis is still searching for that elusive gold medal after finishing fourth in the women’s boardercross final.

Jacobellis set the pace early, and led the pack for the past two thirds of the race, but Moioli made her move to get into first place and powered past the remaining competitors.

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On the final jump it was clear that the Italian would win, leaving Jacobellis to try to find some way to maneuver past France’s Mabileau and Czech Republic’s Eva Samkova, but the American’s speed faltered in the end and finished just half a snowboard length behind third.

Can U.S. upset medal favorites in men’s snowboardcross?

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With slopestyle and halfpipe concluded, the next snowboarding competition to take the Olympic spotlight will be men’s boardercross.

A lot of the excitement in boardercross comes from its unpredictability. It’s not uncommon to see top medal favorites crash out in the early rounds, which can leave podium spots wide open for the taking.

Here’s a look at what to expect from the competition on Thursday (Wednesday night in the U.S.).

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How to Watch

NBCOlympics.com will be streaming every round of every competition live online. Links to each stream are below.

Seeding Runs: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9:00 p.m. ET
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Elimination Rounds: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 11:30 p.m. ET
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