Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in 2015. It is now set to become one of the first cities in the world to have hosted both the winter and summer games.
The Winter Olympics covers a wide range of snow and ice-based sports including ice hockey, figure skating, and curling. Other popular events include snowboarding and skiing.
The Beijing 2022 Games will, however, include seven new events including freestyle skiing, the women’s mono bob, the mixed team speed skating relay, the freestyle skiing aerials, ski jumping, and the snowboarding cross. The program is gender-balanced with more female athletes than other previous Games. In this guide, we will take a look at some of the biggest contenders in the Winter Olympics.
The Current Biggest Names in the Upcoming Winter Olympics
The next Winter Olympics will take place in February 2022, coinciding with the Chinese New Year.
The residents are looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world, and the following list details the most popular names in the winter sporting world.
This is an 18-year old snowboarder who started when he was only 13 years old. He was on the podium during the developmental US Revolution Tour and finished second in the halfpipe during the FIS Junior World Championships in 2015.
He also finished fifth in the X Games debut.
He has been trying to make the US winter team and now has a mentor to help him. He is certainly one of the up-and-coming athletes to look out for. Although he is young, he has shown plenty of promise.
Erin Jackson came onto the scene when she was only 25 years old, and finished fifth during the 24th women’s 500 meters competition. There is plenty of reasons why she is an up and coming athlete, and one of these reasons is that she is expected to participate in the speedskating event in Beijing.
She switched over to the long-track speedskating from the inline staking in 2018 and there is plenty of promise expected from her. She also came in third in the two times she competed and managed to do this in under 40 seconds.
This is a young Alpine skier. During the last winter games, she was a late addition to the US team after Steve Nyman who pulled out due to an ankle injury.
She went on to win the downhill of the FIS Junior Championships for the World Ski. She also got her first top-20 finishes in the Aspen World Cup.
She is certainly one athlete to watch. During the 2022 Winter Olympics, she is expected to win a few rounds.
Justin Olsen is a three-time Olympic winner, who is 30 years old. He is, therefore, hardly a rookie in the sport of bobsledding.
He won the Gold medal as part of the “Night Train”, a crew that had been created by Steven Holcomb. He, however, switched to the front of the sled after the Sochi competitions. Holcomb’s unexpected death in the month of May caused Olsen to become one of the best and top Pilots in the USA, in just under three years.
His greatness was determined when he finished 14th during a competition, and this was after an emergency appendectomy. Olsen is set to win a medal in the 2022 Olympic Games and he is certainly one of the most up and coming athletes in the game.
This is a figure skater who is only 17 years old. He managed to finish sixth during his first Olympic debut which set him apart as the best contender and one of the up-and-coming athletes for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.
During his last Olympic performance, he had only one quad less than his teammate Nathan Chen and did four quads more than his competitor Chen. The teen then benefited from a head-to-head competition for the next four years. Everyone is waiting to see what he will accomplish in the 2022 winter games.
This is our list of the five most popular names in the Winter Olympics. We hope that it will help you look forward to cheering them on as you also watch them compete.