The 2022 Winter Olympics officially kick off Feb. 4 with a show-stopping Opening Ceremony at National Stadium—aka “The Bird’s Nest”—in Beijing, China. Once again, the 80,000-seat arena, which previously hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics, will see athletes from across the globe gather to march in the Parade of Nations.
Delegates from over 90 nations and domains are set to part in the parade this year. With regards to custom, Greece will be quick to enter the arena to pay tribute to the Olympics’ legacy, while banner carriers from China adjust the procession to address the host country.
All in all, what can fans expect at the Beijing Games? Albeit the current year’s Olympics will be like the 2020 Tokyo Games, in that in-person groups will be downsized because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be an aggregate of 109 award occasions including seven new contests, for example, ladies’ mono bob, people’s large air in free-form skiing and blended group short track hand-off in speedskating.