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I still can’t believe they’re going to keep the February 4th start date and go up against the Super Bowl.  That is going to result in disastrous opening weekend viewership for NBC (and the first Sunday was the most-watched night of the Games this year).  I know the world does not revolve around the U.S., but I’m really surprised that NBC was not able to influence a change in the start date to February 11th.

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8 hours ago, Barcelona_'92 said:

I still can’t believe they’re going to keep the February 4th start date and go up against the Super Bowl.  That is going to result in disastrous opening weekend viewership for NBC (and the first Sunday was the most-watched night of the Games this year).  I know the world does not revolve around the U.S., but I’m really surprised that NBC was not able to influence a change in the start date to February 11th.

That date has been locked in since the moment Beijing won the bid.  3 years later, it's still the date.  Why is that so hard to believe?  That the Chinese and their "one fifth of humanity" care more about themselves than NBC and an American sporting event that means very little there?  NBC has influence, but asking them to move the entire Olympics by a week is a little too much.  It's not like they're asking an entire country to go to daylight savings for their benefit.  Oh wait.. nevermind :lol:

Not sure the reasoning behind it, but someone pointed out to my that the Chinese New Year in 2022 is February 1st.  So perhaps they wanted to piggyback off of that with the timing for the Olympics.  As for NBC.. there's 1 change they may be able to influence.  Rumor has it NBC could be negotiating to switch the Super Bowl rotation so they have the 2022 game (currently scheduled for CBS).  They would swap to get the Super Bowl and the Olympics in the same month just like they had this year.  Obviously it's very different if the Super Bowl and the Olympics clash rather than 1 after the other.  But can you imagine the viewership if that night's Olympic coverage (which if the schedule is the same as PyeongChang - before postponements that is - could include the men's downhill and women's slopestyle qualifying) has the Super Bowl as a lead in.  Logistically it could be a mess, but could be an enticing situation for all involved rather than something to be avoided at all costs.

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Beijing 2022 will see 10 women's hockey teams competing as the IOC grants the IIHF's expansion wish--with hosts China competing in both men's and women's ice hockey tournaments with automatic entry:

http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=12861&cHash=0c737eace02762f9084a8fbf5266dfc6

 

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The Bobsleigh and Luge Track is now visible on Google Earth and Google Maps. From the picture it is nearly complete.

 See 40°31'13.93"N 115°46'51.08"E

The Speed Skating venue is also visible

See  40° 0'57.21"N 116°22'17.09"E

Edited by hektor

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High-Speed Connection for Beijing 2022
Written by Gerard Farek - 30/12/19

The bullet train between 2022 co-host cities Beijing and Zhangjiakou begins service on Monday.

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 The departure hall of Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway Station (Getty Images)

(ATR) The high-speed rail line connecting the co-host cities of the 2022 Winter Olympics is operational.

The first train left Beijing’s North Railway Station Monday morning for Zhangjiakou in north China’s Hebei Province, according to Xinhua.

The train, with a maximum speed of 350 km/h (217 mph), reduces the travel time from Beijing to Zhangjiakou from more than three hours to as little as 47 minutes. There are 10 stations along the 174 kilometer (108 mile) route. The 53km Chongli railway is a branch line of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway, with a maximum design speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The terminus of the railway in Zhangjiakou drops passengers alongside the Winter Olympic village and the venues for cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon. The freestyle ski and snowboard events at the Secret Garden Ski Resort are a 15-minute drive away.

Yang Yang, a short-track skating Olympic champion and chair of the Athletes' Commission of Beijing 2022, and Olympic speed skating champion Zhang Hong were among the passengers on the inaugural trip of the G8811 train.

The train features 5G signals, wireless charging and intelligent lighting. Three of the eight carriages have lockers for ski equipment and storage areas for oversize luggage.

“The high-speed railway can improve the efficiency of our work, promote China's winter sports industry, and boost the ice and snow economy," Yang Yang said to Xinhua.

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Hallelujah.  This train has been needed for years, with or without the Olympics.    The speed the new train is currently running at for Beijing North - Zhangjiakou is 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes though it can be run faster.   Ticket cost is Business Class (the highest)  RMB 266, 1st Class RMB 142, 2nd Class RMB 88.  You can do the exchange math to your favorite currency, but it's pretty reasonable given the distances (and alternatives).  

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