How to Watch the 2022 Winter Olympics

Hey, did you know it’s time for the Olympics again? That’s right, just seven months after the 2021 (née 2020) Summer Olympics, the 2022 Winter Games will be held in Beijing starting on February 4.

Attendance will be sparse, as fans have largely been barred from attending, and diplomats from some countries, including the US, are boycotting the event over concerns about human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region. (US athletes are still competing in the events.) Crowds or not, there’s still an eye-popping number of events.

If you want to catch many of them, you’ll need to find a way to pay tithe to the Olympian gods at NBC Universal. That means a TV subscription with NBC in it, or you can watch it on the NBC Olympics website or Sports app. The official Olympics channel will also be streaming live, provided you have an account with one of its many streaming partners like Xfinity, Dish, Spectrum, Verizon, and YouTubeTV, to name just a few.

You can also watch the games on NBC’s Peacock streaming platform. It’s $10 a month, or $5 a month if you’re willing to deal with ads. (If you’ve forgotten what it’s like to watch TV with ads, believe me, they are infuriating.) If you want to watch each and every event (all 2,800 hours of them), check the official official schedule or NBC’s schedule for times in your time zone. ESPN’s also got a handy schedule, if you prefer that.

Collected below are a smattering of the big events, mainly the final matches that determine who gets medals. Depending on where you are, some of the times will be at odd hours, but rest assured that NBC will replay the highlights ad nauseum.

(Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all the times are Eastern Standard Time.)

Opening/Closing Ceremonies

Opening ceremony is February 4, starting at 6:30 am ET.

Closing ceremony is Feb. 20 at 7 am.

Bobsled

Finals for women’s monobob—a new event this year—are Feb. 13 at 9 pm. Two-person finals are Feb. 19 at 7:30 am.

Men’s two-person finals are Feb. 15 at 7:50 am. Men’s four-person run is Feb. 19 at 9:20 pm.

Biathlon

Relay for the mixed 6 kilometer medals is Feb. 5 at 3 am.

Women’s 15 km individual finals are Feb. 7 at 3 am. Women’s 7.5 km sprint is Feb. 11 at 3 am. Women’s 10 km pursuit finals are Feb. 13 at 3 am. Women’s 6 km relay finals are Feb. 16 at 1:45 am. Women’s mass start 12.5 km finals are Feb. 19. at 3 am.

Men’s 20 km individual finals are Feb. 8 at 2:30 am. Men’s 10 km sprint finals are Feb. 12 at 3 am. Men’s 12.5 km pursuit finals are Feb. 13 at 4:45 am. Men’s 7.5 km relay finals are Feb. 15 at 3 am. Men’s 15 km finals are Feb. 18 at 3 am.

Curling

Curling starts on Feb. 2 at 7 am and goes through the 19th.

Men’s curling bronze medal finals are Feb. 18 at 1 am. Gold finals are Feb. 19 at 1 am.