One Year to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games
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New Zealand’s winter athletes are ramping up their Olympic campaigns with today (February 4th) marking one year to the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
The New Zealand Team for Beijing 2022 will be made up of up to 20 athletes, with those vying for spots including the likes of Nico Porteous, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Alice Robinson.
Porteous and Sadowski-Synnott are in particularly strong form, claiming a gold (Porteous, Superpipe), and a silver and bronze medal (Sadowski-Synnott, Slopestyle, Big Air) at the prestigious X Games on the weekend. The pair made history at PyeongChang 2018, winning New Zealand’s first Winter Olympic medals in 26 years.
“The crazy thing now is that there are only a few more international events until the Olympics," said Porteous.
"As of right now I'm feeling really good, I'm on cloud nine, just came off the best day of my life pretty much but I've just got to keep my head down and keep working.
"My next year of preparation looks very similar to what I am currently doing, training and focusing on being the best skier I can be."
The New Zealand Team for Beijing 2022 will be led by Chef de Mission Marty Toomey.
“We’ve got a lot of really talented snow sports athletes competing across the alpine and freestyle disciplines and we also have some exciting ice athletes working towards qualification so we’re expecting a diverse and solid team,” said Toomey.
“Alice Robinson is one to keep an eye on, she’s been extremely competitive from a young age, she’s got an aggressive technique and she’s done extremely well over the last few years.
“Our speed skaters are also proven performers and finished fifth in the team pursuit at the recent ISU World Cup so we’re excited about the potential across the board.”
The Games are being held in February 2022 and Toomey has high expectations of both the Games environment and the New Zealand Team.
“We were on a site visit in 2019 and the venues were almost ready to go so we’re looking forward to fantastic facilities come Games time.
“We want every athlete to go and do as well as they can. If we do that it’ll mean some pretty good results which will include some medals. The aim is to build on what we achieved in PyeongChang and grow winter sports in New Zealand.”
The Games will be held across three villages, with Beijing hosting ice sports and big air, Yanqing hosting alpine and sliding, and Zhangjiakou hosting park, pipe, cross country and biathlon.
Covid countermeasures are being developed for the Games with the NZOC planning for a Games environment in a world where we’re learning to live with Covid.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our athletes and we’re working with both the IOC and the Beijing Organising Committee to understand exactly what the Games will look like,” said Toomey.
“There will be countermeasures in place to ensure the Games can be held safely under ongoing Covid restrictions and we’ll be adjusting our planning to enable our athletes to perform at their peak in a new Covid games environment.”
Beijing 2022 follows the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games which were New Zealand’s most successful Winter Olympic Games.
New Zealand Team athletes Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott each won a bronze medal, while their teammates recorded three fourths, a fifth and six Olympic Diplomas (top eight finish) over 17 days and 35 events.
The Beijing 2022 Games will run from 4-22 February 2022, featuring around 2800 athletes competing across 15 disciplines in 109 medal events.
AOC CELEBRATES ONE YEAR TO GO TO BEIJING 2022 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
The Australian Olympic Committee is celebrating one year until the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
The Australian Team could number more than 50 athletes, joining 2800 international competitors on the world’s biggest winter sporting stage.
Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team for Beijing, Geoff Lipshut, says today marks an important milestone for winter athletes.
“Right now across the country and around the world, Australian athletes are training and competing in pursuit of their Olympic dream,” Mr Lipshut said.
“From athletes aiming for their fourth Games like Scotty James and Britt Cox to those striving for an Olympic debut, I’m excited for Australian winter athletes to reach this milestone on their Olympic journey.
“It’s a great testament to the athletes, their coaches, support staff, family, supporters and sporting federations, for backing them on this journey.”
With a wealth of experience at the highest levels of winter sport as CEO of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and a Team official at seven Olympics since Lillehammer 1994, Beijing will be Mr Lipshut’s first Games as Chef de Mission.
“Performance is my focus and that’s what our athletes are trying to focus on. That’s not easy right now given the difficulties of travelling and competing.
“We will continue to work to provide an environment where athletes have the opportunity to have their best day on their biggest day in 12 months’ time.”
The Beijing 2022 Games will run from 4-22 February 2022, featuring 2800 athletes competing across 15 disciplines in 109 medal events.
AOC Chief Executive Matt Carroll encouraged Australians to continue their support for Australian winter athletes.
“The PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018 saw a cumulative audience of more than 16 million Australians watch the Winter Olympics on Channel 7,” Mr Carroll said.
“With a similar time-zone, I look forward to Australians getting behind their Team not only in 12 months’ time in Beijing, but following their qualification and competition over the next year to reach their Olympic goal.
“We’re thrilled to have Channel 7 bringing the Games live into Australian homes, to highlight the strength, courage, skills and tenacity of our Winter athletes.
“I also want to thank all of those groups that help make this Olympic dream a reality. The ongoing generosity of our Australian Olympic Team sponsor family, the immense work of winter sporting federations, the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, and the support of Australian Institute of Sport and the state governments and their institutes of sport. All are essential in bringing together the Australian Olympic Team to proudly represent the country in Beijing in a year’s time.”
28-year-old “Bobsled” Bree Walker is aiming to make her first Olympic Team in the two-person and mono-bob sleigh, with Beijing 2022 seeing the Olympic debut of women’s monobob. After winning seven of 11 races across the 2019/20 and 2021 seasons, including last week’s World Series event in Austria, Walker is focused on Beijing.
“It would mean everything to me to be able to walk out as part of the Team Australia in one year’s time,” Walker said.
“Since missing out on PyeongChang in 2018 I made a vow that I not only wanted to go to Beijing, I wanted to be competitive. I’ve done everything possible to build towards this - and I think we've done a really good job of being able to achieve some really great results in such a challenging year.”
The Queensland-based Walker, a promising hurdler, was inspired by Olympic champion’s Kim Brennan’s transition from hurdling to rowing, and decided to pursue her switch from the track to the ice.
“I want people to look outside the box, and see winter sports can offer incredible opportunities. The feeling of a great run in the bobsleigh is just incredible, it’s thrilling, there’s nothing like it.
“Athletes like Scotty James and Laura Peel are doing such a fantastic job showing Australians how incredible winter sports can be. If I can inspire one person to say, ‘I'll give winter sports ago’, I’ll have achieved my purpose of what I want to do as an athlete.”
Triple Olympian mogul skier Britt Cox is celebrating one year to go in the snow, competing at the FIS Freestyle World Cup in Deer Valley, Utah.
“It would be a real privilege to represent Australia at a fourth Olympic Games,” Cox said. “This Olympic cycle has been drastically different for me, in both how I’ve grown personally and adapting to the challenges of the pandemic.
“The last year has taught me to truly maximise every opportunity I do have to click into my skis as I strive to become the best skier I can be in a year’s time and I’m so eager for the opportunity to test myself once again on the biggest sporting stage.”
The AOC is also launching its Beijing 2022 hashtag #ChasingWinter, showcasing winter athletes’ pursuit of their winter dreams.
#ChasingWinter will bring together content over the next 12 months showing athletes embracing the thrills and spills of their own unique Olympic journeys, highlighting athletes’ resilience in the face of challenges in the snow, on the ice and in the air.
Today also marks the day Australia will be formally invited to participated in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee, to be issued by President Bach later this evening.
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games – Fast Facts
Australia at Beijing 2022
- · Expected Team size of around 50 athletes, making it one of our biggest Teams (60 at Sochi 2014, 51 at PyeongChang 2018 two biggest Australian Teams)
- · New events and Aussie firsts
- · Women’s monobob (one-person bobsleigh) making its Olympic debut in 2022, as well as new mixed evens like mixed Snowboard Cross
- · Australia is looking to send its first ever curlers to an Olympic Games – mixed doubles pair Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt
- · Returning stars and new talent· Australia has won 15 medals at the Winter Olympics – 5 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze
- · Several Olympians aiming to make their fourth Winter Olympics – including Scotty James and Britt Cox
- · Young athletes looking to make their first games include 2020 Youth Olympic Games gold medallist Josie Baff and 15-year-old snowboarder Valentino Guseli
- · Around 2800 athletes from more than 90 countries across 109 medal events in 15 disciplines
- · Beijing becomes the first city to host both a Winter and Summer Olympics
- · Run from 4 – 20 Feb 2022
- · Competition venues· Seven new events -- women’s monobob, freestyle skiing big air (men’s and women’s), and mixed team events in short track speed skating team relay, ski jumping, freestyle skiing aerials and snowboard cross
- · All venues powered by 100% renewable energy
- · 7 out of 12 venues are legacy venues from Beijing 2008, including the iconic Bird’s Nest National Stadium, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; the Water Cube, which will host curling
- · Three Competition Zones
- · Beijing will host all the ice events (curling, ice hockey and skating) and four snow events (snowboard big air and freestyle skiing big air, men’s and women’s)
- · Yanqing, a suburban district of Beijing (80km to the northwest will host the alpine skiing and sliding (bobsleigh, skeleton and luge) events.
- · Zhangjiakou, further to the northwest in the neighbouring Hebei province, will host all the other snow events (snowboard, freestyle skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon) in its Chongli district