Beijing awarded 2022 Winter Olympics
July 31, 2015
Following its general session meeting on July 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected Beijing, China, as the host city for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
As host of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the city of Beijing is very supportive of the Olympic culture and movement. In its first-ever Winter Games, Beijing will utilize new and existing venues to showcase Olympic and Paralympic sports to millions of fans in China and across the world.
Beijing’s vision for the Games seeks to incorporate winter sports into people’s lives, with the ultimate goal of improving overall fitness and health. Beijing 2022 has offered a regional concept intended to develop a winter sports market for more than 300 million people in northern China. The Games vision also aims to accelerate the development of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Sport, Culture and Tourism Belt, offering a new impetus for China’s economic growth and sustainable development in Beijing and Hebei Province, where the snow sports competitions would take place.
Beijing 2022 Snow Sports Venue Concept
Beijing has proposed a three-zone event venue plan that relies on six existing and six new competition venues. The three zones will be linked by high-speed rail.
The venues for skiing and snowboarding are in an existing winter sports region, but have yet to be constructed. USSA athletes have competed often in China, especially in freestyle, but on other venues.
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The Yanqing Zone, located approximately 90 kilometers northwest of the Beijing Olympic Green, will contain the alpine skiing venues. It has a proposed 2,190-meter top elevation and a 1,360-meter bottom elevation.
The Zhangjiakou Zone, approximately 160 kilometers from the Beijing Olympic Green, will house venues for Nordic combined, ski jumping, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding.
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