Here’s How to Watch the Olympics For Free to See America Win Gold in Beijing

Shaun White, Olympics
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If you want to see Team USA win gold, you may want to know how to watch the Olympics 2022 online for free to not miss American athletes like Shaun White, Chloe Kim and Mikaela Shiffrin go for the gold at this year’s winter Olympics.

The 2022 Winter Olympics, also known as the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, will be held in Beijing, China, for two weeks from February 4, 2022, to February 20, 2022. Beijing was selected as the 2022 host city in July 2015 at the 128th International Olympic Committee Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and became the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympic. Beijing, which is the largest city to host the winter Olympics, also hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic. (Four venues originally constructed for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Olympics.)

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics also mark the first time the winter Olympics have been held in China. (The event is the second Olympics in China overall.) China is also the third consecutive East Asian country to host the Olympics after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, which was held in the summer of 2021 due to the current health crisis.

So where can one stream the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics? If you don’t have a TV, read on for how to watch the Olympics 2022 online for free to support Team USA on their quest for gold.

Olympics 2022

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When are the Olympics 2022?

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics run from Friday, February 4, 2022, to Sunday, February 20, 2022.

How to watch the Olympics 2022 online

How can one watch the Olympics 2022 online? The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics air on NBC and USA, which are available to stream with services like Sling TV, Fubo TV and Hulu + Live TV. Sling TV costs $35 per month, while Hulu+ With Live TV and Fubo TV both cost $64.99 per month.

The Olympics 2022 are also available to stream on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, which offers three plans: a Peacock Free, which users can sign up for with just their email; Peacock Premium, which includes ads and costs $4.99 per month; and Peacock Premium Plus, which is ad-free and costs $9.99 per month. To watch the Olympics 2022 in full, users will need to subscribe to either Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus.




How to watch the Olympics 2022 online for free

How can one watch the Olympics 2022 online for free? Read on for our tips and tricks to stream the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at no cost.

Watch the Olympics 2022 With Sling TV’s Free Trial

Sling TV’s free trial is an excellent option to watch the Olympics 2022 for cheap. Sling offers two plans: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. (Sling Blue is more suited for news and entertainment, while Sling Orange is better for sports and family.) Both include a three-day free trial and cost $35 per month after the trial ends, if one chooses to subscribe. Both also offer 50 hours of DVR and local channels like NBC, which is where the Olympics airs. If you had to choose one, though, we recommend Sling Blue to watch the Olympics Not only does the plan include more channels, but it also allows the user to stream on three devices (Sling Orange allows only one), which means that you can split the cost with two other people, who can stream the Olympics on their own devices. (That’s just $3.33 per person.)

Watch the Olympics 2022 With Fubo TV’s Free Trial

The best way to watch the Olympics 2022 online for free is with Fubo TV’s free trial. Fubo TV offers a seven-day free trial. Along with NBC,  Fubo TV offers more than 100 channels, including ABC, CNN and CBS, at least 250 hour of DVR and a streaming library with hundreds of hours of TV shows and movies. After the free trial ends, Fubo TV costs $64.99 per month, so be sure to cancel it before you’re charged. Given that the Olympics 2022 is only two weeks, viewers can combine Fubo TV and Sling‘s free trials to watch most of the event at no cost.

Watch the Olympics 2022 With Peacock’s Free Plan

While full Olympics coverage is on Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus, Peacock Free still has a lot of Olympics content, including Olympic news, Olympic interviews, “Meet the Athletes” mini documentaries,  and “Road to Beijing Highlights” videos. The free plan—which users can subscribe to with just their email—alo offers thousands of hours of movies and TV shows from NBC Universal properties like NBC, Bravo, E! and Oxygen.

If fans want to watch the Olympics live or in full, however, viewers will need need a subscription to either Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus, which don’t offer free trials. Peacock Premium, which costs $4.99 per month, has everything that the free plan has as well as live sports, live events, exclusive Peacock series and movies (like Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip), next-day episodes to NBC shows and even more TV shows and movies that the free plan doesn’t have. Peacock Premium Plus, which costs $9.99 per month, has everything Peacock Premium has but with no ads. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to watch the Olympics 2022 with Peacock, Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus.

  1. Visit Peacock.com
  2. Create an account and sign up for Peacock Free, Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus
  3. Start watching the Olympics

Watch the Olympics 2022 With XFinity’s Free Peacock Premium Subscription

If you want to watch the Olympics 2022 online for free, there is a way, but you’ll need to be an Xfinity subscriber or know someone who is. Customers who have Xfinity Flex, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Internet or Xfinity Digital Starter TV accounts can receive a Peacock Premium subscription for free. Yes, free. Peacock has a guide for how to connect your Xfinity and Peacock accounts, but we also listed the steps below. Cox subscribers, who have Cox Internet Customer with Contour Stream Player or Starter Video, also have access to free Peacock Premium subscriptions.

    1. Visit Peacock.com
    2. Create an account
    3. Link your Xfinity or Cox account
    4. Start watching the Olympics 2022

Nathan Chen, Olympics

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When is the Olympics Opening ceremony 2022?

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony is on Friday, February 4, 2022, at 8 p.m. Beijing time, which is 7 a.m. ET and 4 a.m. PT in the United States. The opening ceremony will air again in the United States on February 4 at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT.

When is the Olympics Closing ceremony 2022?

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony is on Sunday, February 20, 2022, at 8 p.m. Beijing time, which is 7 a.m. ET and 4 a.m. PT in the United States. The closing ceremony will air again in the United States on February 20 at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT.

What sports are in the Olympics 2022?

There are a record 15 sports and 109 medal events at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The Olympics 2022 also include seven new medal events: men’s and women’s big air free style; women’s monobob; mixed team freestyle skiing aerials; mixed team freestyle ski jumping; mixed team freestyle snowboard cross; and mixed relay short track speed skating. See below for the full list of sports at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and how many medal events are included in each category.

  •  Alpine skiing11
  •  Biathlon11
  •  Bobsleigh4
  •  Cross-country skiing12
  •  Curling3
  •  Figure skating5
  •  Freestyle skiing13
  •  Ice hockey2
  •  Luge4
  •  Nordic combined3
  •  Short track speed skating9
  •  Skeleton2
  •  Ski jumping5
  •  Snowboarding11
  •  Speed skating – 14

Who’s in Team USA for the Olympics 2022?

There are 224 athletes in the Team USA at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which includes 116 men and 108 men in all 15 sports. In alpine skiing, there are 17 athletes from Team USA  (6 men and 11 women); in biathlon, there are 8 athletes (4 men and 4 women); in bobsleigh, there are 12 athletes (8 men and 4 women); in cross-country skiing, thee are 14 athletes (6 men and 8 women); in curling, there are 11 athletes (5 men and 6 women); in figure skating, there are 16 athletes (8 men and 8 women); in freestyle skiing, there are 32 athletes (16 men and 16 women); in ice hockey, there are 48 athletes (25 men and 23 women); in luge, there are 8 athletes (5 men and 3 women), in nordic combined, there are 5 male athletes; in short track speed skating, there are 7 athletes (2 men and 5 women); in skeleton, there are 3 athletes (1 man and 2 women); in ski jumping, there are 3 athletes (4 men and 1 woman); in snowboarding, there are 26 athletes (14 men and 12 women); in speed skating, there are 12 athletes (7 men and 5 women).

In total, there are 2,871 athletes (1,581 men and 1,290 women) from 91 countries at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The Team USA athletes to watch at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics include Mikaela Shiffrin, who has one gold medal and two silver medals in alpine skiing; Shaun White, who has three gold medals in snowboarding; Chloe Kim, who has one gold medal in snowboarding; Jesse Diggins, who has one gold medal in cross-country skiing; David Wise, who has two gold medals in freestyle skiing; and Alex Ferreira, who has two gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals in skiing.

In an interview with People in January 2022, White—who has competed in the 2006 Torino Olympics, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic, the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Olympics—opened up about why Beijing will be his last Olympic games. “It is one of those things where I have accomplished so much,” he said. “I think it would be a different story if I had come close to the gold four times and this was my last chance … Having such a long and amazing career, now at this point in my life, I can go back and go ‘Wow, it’s been incredible.'” He continued, “I don’t think I will ever leave the sport. It is just me taking on a new role which is empowering and exciting.”

White has three gold medals in Halfpipe snowboarding from the 2006 Torino Olympics, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. White told People that one of the reasons he chose to retire was the pressure he felt to beat his performance each year. “Once you win, you realize that you’re capable of winning and you go back into the halfpipe or whatever it is, the situation, and you go ‘Gosh, well I won before why can’t I do it again?'” he said. “And then you win again and this momentum builds and you start to feel this sort of like pressure, but then again this sort of expectation.”

Still, as one of Team USA’s most veteran athletes at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, White has a piece of advice for anyone who may be aspiring to be an Olympic athlete one day. “Everything you do in life takes hard work, and if you find something you really love to do, go for it. You may fall as many times as you get up, but be patient and trust the journey. It’ll be worth it, as long as you love doing it,” he said.

Olympics 2022

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When are the Paralympics 2022?

The Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics will run from March 4, 2022, to March 13, 2022, and will also air on NBC and Peacock.

Where are the next Olympics?

After the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, the next confirmed Olympics so far will be the 2024 Olympics in Paris France from July 26, 2024, to August 11, 2024; the 2026 Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, USA; and the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane, Australia.

"Total Olympics" by Jeremy Fuchs

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Total Olympics by Jeremy Fuchs

For more about the Olympics, check out Jeremy Fuchs’ 2021 book, Total Olympics: Every Obscure, Hilarious, Dramatic, and Inspiring Tale Worth Knowing. The book, which was called an “indispensable Olympic resource” and “pure fun” by The New York Times, follows the history of the Olympics, from how it began in a a Victorian English town called Much Wenlock to the discontinued sports that are no longer around like tug of war, firefighting, painting and, yes, live pigeon shooting. The bestseller, which features hundreds of true tales and historical photographs, also includes stories from both internationally known and little known athletes like gymnast Shun Fujimoto, who led his team to victory with a broken knee.

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