Who Will Win the 2022 Winter Olympic Games?


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Derek McLeod, Reporter

Don’t blink twice. Once again, the time for the Olympic games to return is already upon us.

How lucky are we?

The Beijing-hosted 2022 Winter Olympics are set to take off on Friday, Feb. 4 with the opening ceremony, fast off the heels of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

Of course, those Olympics were postponed a full year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, I’m just as tired of writing it as we all are of living it. While Beijing is still battling coronavirus numbers, the show must go on and this year’s Winter Olympics brings a new level of excitement to the table in relation to past winter games.

There are 109 events at this year’s game, an all-time winter games record. For Team USA followers, there’s one event that seems to stand out more than others.

Three-time USA gold medalist snowboarder, Shaun White, is gunning for his fourth gold at the winter games, which would place him in rarified air as an Olympic snowboarding record holder. Whether or not this is White’s last appearance in the Olympics, however, is the bigger question mark.

White appeared on NBC Today and said that the 2022 Olympics will likely mark the end of his illustrious career and is hoping to end his career at the highest level.

“It’s hard to talk about,” White told NBC Today. “My whole life, I’ve kind of been looked at as somewhat superhuman because I do these things, and a lot of people have always come up to me and, just, ‘I don’t know how he does it’, and I’ve prided myself on being that individual… man, just realizing and admitting to myself and everyone else that I’m human, it’s taken a toll.”

If the 2022 games indeed mark the finale for White, he will go down as one of the greatest Olympians we have ever seen in our lifetimes. White has an opportunity to join fellow American athletes Simone Biles and Allison Schmitt among Team USA athletes with four gold medals.

Some new events this year feature men and women’s big air freestyle, ski jumping, mixed team competitions in freestyle skiing aerials, and snowboard cross amongst other additions.

This year, the International Olympic Committee has allowed some mixed-gender events, bringing female participation in this year’s event up to 45%, a record for the winter games.

To build on some of the confusion as to where you can watch the Olympic games stemming from the 2020 summer games, NBC’s streaming service Peacock will once again be home to coverage of the games as they were last summer. Other viewing options include NBC channels on cable services, as well as the NBC Sports app. For those without cable, the games are also available on YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, and Sling TV.

NBCUniversal has stated going into this year’s games that they will be stepping up their production like never before. New technology such as additional slow-motion cameras, motion sensors, raw-data analysis, and a larger staff of workers inside NBC’s Stamford, Connecticut headquarters, boasts more than 1,000 crew members and employees during their coverage.

Due to current restrictions, Stamford has been dubbed the home of Olympic game coverage, including announcers commentating on the games remote from Stamford. With NBC’s coinciding coverage of this year’s NFL Super Bowl in the middle of the winter games, one must wonder if NBC will be able to pull off the production of both major events.

This will be Beijing’s first time hosting the Olympic games since 2008, when the summer games were held. The United States came home with the highest number of total medals (112) and China led the pack with 48 gold medals.