- The XXIV Olympic Winter Games officially begin on Friday, February 4 in Beijing
- Norway is favored to win the most medals, with Canada and USA fourth and fifth in the odds table
- We look at the odds for the medal count and list the schedule of events
The sporting world is gathering in Beijing for the Winter Games of the XXIV Olympiad. While these games never produce quite the same buzz as their summer equivalent, it remains one of the biggest sports events on the planet and not just for sports fanatics. This event will attract massive worldwide audiences for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The Games offer plenty of opportunities for sports bettors and so below we take you through the details of how to bet on the Olympics, list the odds for the medal table, and also the program of events.
When Do the Olympics Start and Finish?
The Opening Ceremony of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games takes place in Beijing, China on Friday, February 4 at 6:30 am ET and will signal the official start of 17 days of competition. The event will be formally concluded with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, February 20. Both ceremonies will be held in the Beijing National Stadium, better known as the Bird’s Nest, which was the focal point of the 2008 Summer Games.
The competition has already begun, however, with curling, freestyle skiing, figure skating and women’s ice hockey already underway in their respective venues. But the bulk of the action starts on Saturday when it is the opening day for biathlon, cross-country skiing, luge, short-track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating. The full schedule of events is listed at the end of this piece.
How to Watch the 2022 Winter Olympics
The opening ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC, followed by a preview show at 12:00 pm ET, which will look closely at the top athletes and the main events in Beijing.
For those wishing to have access to every single event in Beijing as it happens, Peacock Premium will be streaming everything live, while the coverage from NBC, USA, and the Olympics Channel will include selected live events plus highlights packages throughout the games.
Beijing Winter Olympics Medal Odds
|Country||Most Gold Medals||Most Overall Medals|
Odds as of Feb 3 at FanDuel
Norway is at odds-on to top the medal tables both for most golds and most overall medals, but it is well worth noting that four years ago, for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they tied with Germany in the gold medal table after winning 14 each. They topped the overall table though, winning 39 compared to 31 for the Germans.
Canada and USA are both well priced, at +1100 and +2100 respectively, in the overall medals table given that in 2018 – third (29 medals) and fourth (23 medals) in the medal table respectively – both were not too far behind the Norwegian total. Both countries should be considered worthy outsiders along with the Chinese who will massively improve on their 16th place four years ago.
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Team USA Winter Olympics Odds
|USA Medal Count||Over||Under|
|Gold Medal Total||O 8.5 (-110)||U 8.5 (-110)|
|Total Medals||O 22.5 (-110)||U 22.5 (-110)|
USA picked up 9 golds and 23 medals in total in Pyeongchang, so the question here is will the team perform better than it did four years ago. With no NHL players available for the Olympics this could hinder their chances of gold in the men’s ice hockey, but they remain favorites, ahead of Canada, to win gold in the women’s competition. The pick here, for me, is ‘under 22.5’ total medals.
Winter Olympics Schedule of Events
|Alpine skiing||Sun Feb 6 – Sat Feb 19|
|Biathlon||Sat Feb 5 – Sat Feb 19|
|Bobsleigh||Sun Feb 13 – Sun Feb 20|
|Cross-country skiing||Sat Feb 5 – Sun Feb 20|
|Curling||Wed Feb 2 – Sun Feb 20|
|Figure skating||Fri Feb 4 – Sat Feb 19|
|Freestyle skiing||Thu Feb 3 – Sat Feb 19|
|Ice hockey||Thu Feb 3 – Sun Feb 20|
|Luge||Sat Feb 5 – Thu Feb 10|
|Nordic combined||Wed Feb 9 – Thu Feb 17|
|Short track speed skating||Sat Feb 5 – Wed Feb 16|
|Skeleton||Thu Feb 10 – Sat Feb 12|
|Ski jumping||Sat Feb 5 – Mon Feb 14|
|Snowboarding||Sat Feb 5 – Tue Feb 15|
|Speed skating||Sat Feb 5 – Sat Feb 19|