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How to watch Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 live in Australia

Posted: 7 February 2022 9:00 am
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Australia will be keen for a strong showing in their 21st Winter Olympic Games appearance starting this week.

The Winter Olympics are finally upon us, having narrowly avoided the postponement dramas that plagued their summer cousin.

The Tokyo Olympics were pushed back 12 months due to the pandemic, and whilst Beijing has escaped that issue, it hasn't been without its own controversies in the lead-up.

Regardless, 44 Australians will be competing in a number of events and here is how you can watch.

ALSO READ: Australian medal hopes at the Winter Olympics

How to watch the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in Australia

Channel 7 holds the broadcast rights for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in Australia. On television, the network will be spreading the action across its main 7 channel, plus 7TWO and 7mate.

A limited amount of Optus customers will also be able to get a dedicated Olympics stream, however there are a few terms and conditions to be met.

Stream 2022 Winter Olympics online

Channel 7 will be streaming enormous volumes of live Olympic content on 7plus completely free. You will need to create an account. It requires only some basic details including email, password, first and last name, birth year, postcode and gender.

However, rather than the standard 7plus you may know, during the Games it will be transformed into an app that largely resembles Kayo Sports sitting under its dedicated Olympics tab.

It contains a 24/7 live stream and over 40 dedicated Olympic channels, featuring replays, highlights, interviews and more, in operation across the games.

Sports are also split up into their own categories, ensuring that almost anything you want to watch will be available.

While it is heavily weighted towards Australian competitors, the app is not just for fans of the green and gold.

Stream the Beijing Winter Olympics with Optus

Channel 7 announced back in December 2019 that it was collaborating with Optus on coverage of both the Tokyo Summer Olympics and the Beijing Winter Olympics. Optus 5G Home customers will be able to access Channel 7's Olympic coverage on Fetch Mighty set-top boxes.

It was going to be broadcast in 4K Ultra HD, but sadly that plan was abandoned in the lead-up to the Games. Those wishing to go down this path will need a Fetch Mighty with an active Fetch account, the Optus 5G Home plan and a 4K-ready television.

2022 complete Beijing Olympics schedule

There will be 109 events at the Winter Olympics this year.

Major events include

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Bobsleigh
  • Biathlon
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Figure Skating
  • Ice Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic Combined
  • Snowboard
  • Ski Jumping
  • Skeleton
  • Speed Skating
  • Short Track Speed Skating

Beijing Olympics dates

The Beijing Winter Olympics will begin on Friday 4 February 2022 and run until Sunday 20 February 2022.

Beijing will become the first city in history to have hosted both a summer and a winter Olympics, having held the 2008 Summer games.

Beijing's host status has been the subject of frequent controversy, mainly centred around the nation's human rights record.

Several countries, including Australia have imposed a diplomatic boycott of these games. Other nations include Canada, the United States, Denmark, Belgium and Great Britain.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 fixtures schedule

Who are Australia's main medal hopes in Beijing?

44 Athletes will compete for Australia, across 10 sports, which is 6 fewer than Australia sent to the last Winter games in 2018.

Our best chances at medals are Scotty James, who won bronze in 2018 and is a 3-time world champion. Mogul skier Britteny Cox, and Mixed Doubles curling pair Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt.

Short track skater Brendan Corey and figure skaters Kailani Crane and Brendan Kerry are also athletes to watch.

Frequently asked questions

Champion aerial skier Lydia Lassila will also make her Winter Olympics broadcasting debut.

Also involved will be 24-time World Cup winner Jacqui Cooper and gold medal hero Steven Bradbury, who steps into Channel 7's commentary box to call the speed skating events 20 years after his incredible come-from-behind win at Salt Lake City 2002.

They will be joined by Katya Crema, David Culbert, Scott McGrory, Stephanie Prem, Michelle Steele and Jono Brauer, alongside Mia Rennie, Ryan Tiene, Mitch Tomlinson, Luke Kneller, Michael Kennedy and Dirk Nannes.

Keen to know about more sports streaming? Check out our full guide here. If you're not sure who to stream with, we've got a Foxtel vs Kayo comparison so you can decide which one suits you best.

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