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How to Watch the 2022 Winter Olympics

Hey, did you know it’s time for the Olympics again? That’s right, just seven months after the 2021 (née 2020) Summer Olympics, the 2022 Winter Games will be held in Beijing starting on February 2.

Attendance will be sparse, as fans have largely been barred from attending, and diplomats from some countries, including the US, are boycotting the event over concerns about human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region. (US athletes are still competing in the events.) Crowds or not, there’s still an eye-popping number of events.

If you want to catch many of them, you’ll need to find a way to pay tithe to the Olympian gods at NBC Universal. That means a TV subscription with NBC in it, or you can watch it on the NBC Olympics website or Sports app. The official Olympics channel will also be streaming live, provided you have an account with one of its many streaming partners like Xfinity, Dish, Spectrum, Verizon, and YouTubeTV, to name just a few.

You can also watch the games on NBC’s Peacock streaming platform. It’s $10 a month, or $5 a month if you’re willing to deal with ads. (If you’ve forgotten what it’s like to watch TV with ads, believe me, they are infuriating.) If you want to watch each and every event (all 2,800 hours of them), check the official official schedule or NBC’s schedule for times in your time zone. ESPN’s also got a handy schedule, if you prefer that.

Collected below are a smattering of the big events, mainly the final matches that determine who gets medals. Depending on where you are, some of the times will be at odd hours, but rest assured that NBC will replay the highlights ad nauseum.

(Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all the times are Eastern Standard Time.)

Opening/Closing Ceremonies

Opening ceremony is February 4, starting at 6:30 am ET.

Closing ceremony is Feb. 20 at 7 am.

Bobsled

Finals for women’s monobob—a new event this year—are Feb. 13 at 9 pm. Two-person finals are Feb. 19 at 7:30 am.

Men’s two-person finals are Feb. 15 at 7:50 am. Men’s four-person run is Feb. 19 at 9:20 pm.

Biathlon

Relay for the mixed 6 kilometer medals is Feb. 5 at 3 am.

Women’s 15 km individual finals are Feb. 7 at 3 am. Women’s 7.5 km sprint is Feb. 11 at 3 am. Women’s 10 km pursuit finals are Feb. 13 at 3 am. Women’s 6 km relay finals are Feb. 16 at 1:45 am. Women’s mass start 12.5 km finals are Feb. 19. at 3 am.

Men’s 20 km individual finals are Feb. 8 at 2:30 am. Men’s 10 km sprint finals are Feb. 12 at 3 am. Men’s 12.5 km pursuit finals are Feb. 13 at 4:45 am. Men’s 7.5 km relay finals are Feb. 15 at 3 am. Men’s 15 km finals are Feb. 18 at 3 am.

Curling

Curling starts on Feb. 2 at 7 am and goes through the 19th.

Men’s curling bronze medal finals are Feb. 18 at 1 am. Gold finals are Feb. 19 at 1 am.

Women’s bronze finals are Feb. 19 at 7 am. Gold is at 8 pm the same day.

Bronze finals for mixed curling are Feb. 8 at 1 am. Gold medal finals are Feb. 8 at 7 am.

Figure Skating

The fancy ice tricks kick off Feb. 3 at 8:55 pm. Mixed team women’s finals are Feb. 6 at 10:35 pm. Women’s singles finals are Feb. 17 at 3 am.

Men’s singles finals are Feb. 9 at 8:30 pm.

Mixed free dance finals are Feb. 13 at 8:15 am.

Mixed pairs finals are Feb. 19 at 6 am.

Ice Hockey

Women’s ice hockey preliminary rounds start Feb. 2 at 11:10 pm PT. Women’s bronze medal finals are Feb. 16 at 6:30 am. Gold medal finals are Feb. 16 at 11 pm.

Men’s bronze medal finals are Feb. 19 at 8:00 am. The gold medal game is Feb. 19 at 11 pm.

Note that due to Covid concerns, American NHL players will not be attending.

Luge

Men’s singles starts Feb. 5 at 5:10 am. Finals are Feb. 6 at 7:15 am.

Women’s singles starts Feb. 7 at 5:50 am. Finals are Feb. 8 at 7:35 am.

Open run finals are Feb. 9 at 7:35 am.

Mixed relay is Feb. 10 at 7:30 am.

Nordic Combined

Men’s normal hill 10 km is Feb. 9 at 5 am. Large hill 10 km finals are Feb. 15 at 5 am. Large hill 5 km finals are Feb. 17 at 5 am.

Snowboard

Gold medalists Chloe Kim and Shaun White are expected to be the big draw for US audiences here.

Women’s events start Feb. 4 at 9:45 pm. Slopestyle finals are Feb. 5 at 9:45 pm. Women’s parallel giant slalom finals are Feb. 8 at 1:50 am. Cross finals are Feb. 9 at 1:50 am. Women’s halfpipe is Feb. 9 at 9:25 pm. Women’s big air finals are Feb. 14 at 9 pm.

Men’s qualifications start Feb. 5 at 11:30 pm. Slopestyle finals are Feb. 6 starting at 10 pm. Men’s parallel giant slalom finals are Feb. 8 at 2 am. Men’s cross finals are Feb 10 at 1:20 am. Men’s halfpipe is Feb. 10 at 9:25 pm. Men’s big air finals are Feb 15 at 12:45 am.

Mixed cross team big final is Feb. 11 at 8:55 pm.

Skiing: Alpine

Women’s giant slalom finals are Feb. 6 at 11:45 pm. Women’s slalom finals are Feb. 8 at 11:45 pm. Super G finals are Feb. 10 at 9 pm. Combined slalom finals are Feb. 16 at midnight.

Men’s downhill medals are Feb. 5 at 10 pm. Finals are Feb. 5 at 9 pm. Men’s combined slalom finals are Feb. 10 at 12:15 am. Men’s giant slalom finals are Feb. 12 at 11:45 pm. Men’s slalom finals are Feb. 15 at 11:45pm.

Mixed team big finals are Feb. 18 at 10:45 pm.

Skiing: Cross Country

Women’s skiathlon medals are Feb. 5 at 1:45 am. Women’s sprint freestyle finals are Feb. 8 at 5:47 am. Women’s 10 km finals are Feb. 10 at 1:00 am. Women’s 5 km relay is Feb. 12 at 1:30 am. Women’s downhill skiing finals are Feb. 14 at 9 pm. Women's team sprint classic style are Feb. 16 at 5 am. Women's 30 km freestyle finals are Feb. 20 at 12:30 am.

Men’s skiathlon 2 x 15 km medals are Feb. 6 at 1:00 am. Classic 15 km finals are Feb. 11 at 1 am. Men’s 4 x 10 km relay finals are Feb. 13 at 1 am. Men's team sprint classic style are Feb. 16 at 5:30 am. Men’s 50 km freestyle is Feb. 19 at midnight.

Skiing: Freestyle

Women’s and men’s moguls start Feb. 3 at 4 am and 5:45 am, respectively.

Women’s slopestyle finals are Feb. 13 at 9:24 pm.

Women’s moguls finals are Feb. 6 at 6:40 am.

Women’s big air qualifiers start Feb. 6 at 8:30 pm. Finals are Feb 7 at 8:45 pm.

Women’s aerial finals are Feb. 14 at 6 am.

Women’s cross finals are Feb. 17 at 1:15 am.

Women’s halfpipe finals are Feb. 17 at 9:25 pm.

Men’s moguls final is Feb. 5 at 6:40 am.

Men’s big air finals are Feb. 8 at 9:45 pm.

Men’s super G finals are Feb. 7 at 9:00 pm.

Men’s sprint freestyle finals are Feb. 8 at 6 am.

Men’s slopestyle finals are Feb. 14 at 9:26 pm.

Men’s aerials are Feb. 16 at 6 am.

Mixed aerials finals are Feb. 10 at 6:00 am.

Men’s cross finals are Feb. 18 at 2:15 am.

Men’s halfpipe finals are Feb. 18 at 9:25 pm.

Ski Jumping

Women’s individual medals Feb. 5 at 5:35 am.

Men’s qualifiers start Feb. 6 at 12:20 am. Finals are Feb. 6 at 6 am. Men’s individual large hill finals are Feb 12 at 6 am. Team large hill finals are Feb. 14 at 6 am.

Mixed finals are Feb. 7 at 6:51 am.

Skeleton

Men’s individual finals are Feb. 11 at 7:55 am.

Women’s individual finals Feb. 12 7:55 am.

Speed Skating

Women’s 3,000 m medals are Feb. 6 at 2:30 am.

Women’s regular 500 m are Feb. 13 at 8 am.

Women’s 1,500 m finals are Feb. 7 at 2:30 am.

Women’s 5,000 m is Feb. 10 at 6 am.

Women’s team pursuit finals are Feb. 15 at 2:30 am.

Women’s 1,000 m finals are Feb. 17 at 2:30 am.

Women's mass start is Feb. 19 at 3 am.

Men’s 1,000 m finals are Feb. 7 at 7 am.

Men’s 1,500 m finals are Feb. 8 at 4:30 am.

Men’s 5,000 m finals are Feb 6 at 2:30 am.

Men’s 10,000 m finals are Feb. 11 at 2 am.

Men’s 500 m finals are Feb. 12 at 2:53 am.

Men’s team pursuit finals are Feb. 15 at 2:47 am.

Men’s 1,000 m finals are Feb. 18 at 2:30 am.

Men’s mass start finals are Feb. 19 at 2:30 am.

Speed Skating—Short Track

Short track heats start on Feb. 5 at 5 am.

Women’s short track 500 m finals are Feb. 7 at 6:48 am.

Women’s short track 1,000 m finals are Feb. 11 at 6:45 am.

Women’s short track 3,000 m relay finals are Feb. 13 at 5:48 am.

Women’s 1,500 m finals are Feb. 16 at 7:20 pm.

Men’s short track 1,500 m finals are Feb. 9 at 7:23 am.

Men’s 500 m short track finals are Feb. 13 at 6:16 am.

Men’s 5,000 m finals are Feb. 16 at 6:48 am.

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