Seven confirmed as broadcaster for Winter Olympics Beijing 2022

Scotty James of Australia celebrates with his mother Celia after winning the bronze medal in the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Final, at Phoenix Snow Park during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in PyeongChang, South Korea, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

The International Olympic Committee has today awarded Australian broadcast rights for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games to Channel Seven (Seven West Media).

With a friendly time zone for Australian viewers, it is expected that the Beijing Winter Olympic Games will again draw record viewers from Australia and boost the profile of winter sports.

A cumulative audience of 16 million tuned in to the PyeongChang Olympic Games in Australia in 2018.

“Our athletes are really looking forward to these Beijing Games in February 2022 and the chance to represent their country before a huge television audience” said AOC President John Coates.

“Right now, with 15 months to the Winter Games, we have Australian athletes preparing themselves in Europe and North America, while our freestyle skiers are currently training at our new Olympic Winter Training Centre in Brisbane.”

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The Beijing Winter Olympic Games will run from Friday 4 February to Sunday 20 February 2022.

“This is great news for everyone in winter sport and particularly our Olympic Team. The athletes have all been working through the different challenges of training this year. Qualification for 2022 begins in December this year and continues right up to early 2022,” said OWIA CEO and Australian 2022 Team Chef de Mission Geoff Lipshut.

“We are expecting a team size of around 45 athletes, including a strong blend of experience in a variety of disciplines on snow and ice, together with exciting newcomers hoping for an Olympic debut in China.p

“We will also have generational change with new leaders stepping up to continue the recent success of Australians in the winter sports. In Beijing there will be new competition opportunities with the introduction of the Monobob event for women and the mixed gender events in Snowboard Cross and Aerial Skiing.

Take a step back in time and revisit our PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic coverage here.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.