Seventeen days of heated competition, stunning athletic feats and plenty of fanfare will soon come to an end as the 2022 Winter Games come to a close in Beijing.
The end is near, but it is not yet here.
Many events are planned over the next few days, from figure skating to snowboarding and curling.
Everything will come to a head on Sunday February 20, when the Olympic flag will be handed over to the host of the next Games, marking the official transition.
Here’s what you need to know about the remaining days of the Winter Games, including details on the final events, what to expect at the Closing Ceremony and where the next Games will take place.
What are some of the latest happenings?
The next few days will be action-packed as athletes go for gold in a host of sports including freestyle skiing and men’s hockey.
Figure skating and luge will be just a few of the events for the final two days of competition.
Here are the details:
- Friday, February 18 – 7 p.m. – The pairs figure skating event will kick off as China look to continue their tradition of home dominance with Sui Wenjing and Han Cong.
- Saturday, February 19 – 8 p.m. – American bobsledder Kaillie Humphries (Calgary, Alta.) will compete for her fourth medal in the women’s two-man event. The men’s hockey final will also take place as well as the figure skating pair free skating, the host country’s most anticipated event.
When is the closing ceremony?
Nations and athletes will gather on Sunday for the closing ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics – the official end of the two-week competition.
Traditionally, the ceremony includes a parade of flags representing all the participating nations, starting with the founding country of Greece and ending with the host country.
Medals from the last event of the Games are usually presented to the winners during the closing ceremony.
The remaining Olympians march in a parade of athletes, but unlike the opening ceremony, there is no order as the athletes march en masse.
The closing ceremony will begin at 6 a.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed on Peacock and NBCOlympics.com. The ceremony will also be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. later that night.
The Olympic flag is lowered and the flag of the next host country (Italy) is hoisted alongside the flag of the current host (China). As part of the usual flag handover ceremony, the Olympic flag will be handed over to the mayors of the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina-D’Ampezzo, hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics.
The Games were then declared closed during a speech by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. This declaration is made official with the extinguishing of the Olympic flame.
The Olympic Games officially end with a fireworks display worthy of a grand finale for a global event.
When and where will the future Olympic Games take place?
Venues have been chosen for almost all but one of the Olympic Games over the next 10 years.
- 2024: Paris – Summer
- 2026: Milan Cortina – Winter
- 2028: Los Angeles – Summer
- 2030: To be determined – Winter
- 2032: Brisbane – Summer
Vancouver, Canada, Sapporo, Japan and Barcelona, Spain have previously announced bids for the 2030 Winter Games. Salt Lake City, Utah and several other cities are considering bids.