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The 2022 Winter Olympics may have already kicked off the competition, but the opening ceremony is still hours away as athletes around the world prepare to mark the solemn start of the Winter Games at an event that is sure to be spectacular.

Less than seven months after the end of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, it is time for the Olympic Games Beijing 2022. The rapid turnaround is due to the postponement of the Tokyo Games caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed back the event from the summer of 2020 to 2021. Now the regular Winter Olympics are expected to begin.

The 2022 Olympics will be historic for Beijing, as it will soon become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. The Chinese capital hosted the Olympic Games in 2008 and the Games were marked by one of the most riveting opening ceremonies in recent memory.

What does the city have in store for its 2022 recall? Here’s an overview of what to expect and how you can tune in to the event:

What time does the opening ceremony of the Olympics start?

With US Eastern Standard Time being 13 hours behind Beijing, it’s going to be early morning for those who want to watch the ceremony live.

Coverage of the 2022 Olympics Opening Ceremony will begin at 6:30 a.m. ET on Friday, February 4 on NBC and Peacock.

Does the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony have a TV program?

Following the live coverage, a special edition of “TODAY” will air from 9-11 a.m. ET featuring Opening Ceremony reactions and athlete interviews. After that, NBC and Peacock will show highlights from the opening ceremony and turn to the Games as a whole from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

The 2022 Opening Ceremony will be rebroadcast in an enhanced presentation on NBC and Peacock from 8-11 p.m. ET. The primetime edition will put more emphasis on Team USA athletes as well as performances from the ceremony, Parade of Nations and more.

How can I watch the opening ceremony without cable?

The Beijing Opening Ceremony can be streamed on peacock, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. The opening ceremony can also be viewed on fuboTV (free try).

Verified users can also stream all of the Opening Ceremony coverage on NBCOlympics.com and in the NBC Sports app.

Where is the 2022 Opening Ceremony?

The opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Olympics will be held at the National Stadium. The venue also staged the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics 14 years ago in a dazzling spectacle.

In addition to the opening ceremony, the 80,000-seat venue will also be the site of the closing ceremony on February 20.

What happens during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games?

While some events begin within two days of the opening ceremony, the ceremony marks the official start of the Olympics.

Among the traditional events of the Opening Ceremony is the Parade of Nations, where competitors enter the stadium under the flag of their nation. There is also the raising of the host country’s flag and the singing of the host country’s national anthem.

Another notable event is the lighting of the Olympic torch. The 2022 torch did not make the conventional trip from Olympia, Greece to Beijing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Olympic flame was lit on October 18, 2021, before traveling directly to Athens before arriving in Beijing on October 20. While the Olympic Torch for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics made a 121-day journey across Japan, the Olympic Torch Relay for the 2022 Beijing Olympics will begin just three days before the Opening Ceremony.

As for this year’s flame lighting, the Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimouwho also led the 2008 ceremony, plans to introduce some innovations.

“I think it’s totally innovative and people will be surprised,” he told Xinhua News Agency.

There are also live performances throughout the opening ceremony. The 2008 edition in Beijing brought together around 15,000 performers, while the 2022 ceremony will feature 3,000. This year’s ceremony will also last less than 100 minutes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cold weather, according to Yimou.

Who are the flag bearers for Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

Brittany Bowe and John Shuster have been selected for one of the highest Olympic honors.

Bowe, a member of the women’s speed skating team, and Shuster, captain of the men’s curling team, will serve as the flag bearers for the United States at the opening ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Olympics Bowe will walk in place of Elana Meyers Taylor, a three-time bobsleigh medalist who tested positive for COVID-19.

Watch the moment Team USA curler John Shuster found out he would be Team USA’s flag bearer at the 2022 Winter Olympics, then watch as he shares the news with his wife and kids at home.

Shuster, a Wisconsin native, is a five-time Olympian who helped the men’s curling team win its first gold medal at the 2018 Winter Games.

Learn more here.

Here is the order of the Parade of Nations for the 2022 Winter Olympics

After a short lapse of 180 days, the Olympics are back.

Beijing will host its second Olympic Games and its first Winter Olympics. Beijing first hosted the Games in 2008 and hosted one of the most impressive opening ceremonies in Olympic history. How will the city follow up on February 4?

One of the main traditions of the opening ceremony is the parade of nations.

Here’s a look at what to expect when athletes enter the National Stadium in Beijing.