2022 Winter Olympics

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The XXIV Olympic Winter Games, also known as the 2022 Winter Olympics (French: Les XXIVes Jeux olympiques d'hiver [1]), is an event to be organized in a city selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The bidding calendar was announced by the IOC in October 2012, with the application deadline set for 14 November 2013. The IOC Executive Board will review the bids from all applicant cities in July 2014 and then select candidate cities. The host city will be elected one year later, on 31 July 2015, at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur.

Bidding calendar[edit]

On 3 October 2012, the IOC announced in a letter to the NOCs the bidding calendar for the 2022 Winter Olympics:[2]

  • 3 October 2012 - First information circular letter to NOCs
  • 6 June 2013 – IOC officially invites bid applicants from NOCs and publishes the 2022 Applicant City Questionnaire[3][4]
  • 14 November 2013 – Deadline for NOCs to submit the name of an applicant city
  • 4–6 December 2013 – Applicant city seminar at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 7–23 February 2014 – Olympic Winter Games Observer Programme
  • 14 March 2014 – Submission of the application file
  • 8–9 July 2014 – Selection of candidate cities by the IOC Executive Board
  • January 2015 – Submission of candidature files and guarantees
  • February – March 2015 – IOC Evaluation Commission visits
  • May–June 2015 – Evaluation Commission report
  • May–June 2015 – Candidate City briefing to IOC members
  • 31 July 2015 – Host city election at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Applicant cities[edit]

On 15 November 2013, the IOC announced the list of the six applicant cities,[5] which has since been reduced to five. These cities are, in the order defined by the IOC:[6][7]

Logo City Country National Olympic Committee
Logo of Kraków's campaign. Kraków  Poland Polish Olympic Committee

On 7 November 2013, the Polish Olympic Committee announced they submitted a bid to the IOC for the 2022 Winter Olympics, together with Zakopane, and Jasná, a village in central Slovakia.[8][9] If the bid is successful, it will be the first time either Poland or Slovakia will host the Olympics.[10] Zakopane previously bid to host the 2006 Winter Olympics but failed to become a candidate.

Logo of Oslo campaign. Oslo  Norway Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports

On 6 November 2013, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports announced that Oslo would be submitted as the Norwegian candidate for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Oslo last hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics, and Norway last hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. This will be Oslo's fifth bid for the Winter Olympics after bidding for the 1932, 1944 and 1968 games.[11]

Logo of Almaty campaign. Almaty  Kazakhstan National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Since 2011, the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan has been considering a bid for the 2022 games in Almaty, the former capital city and still the largest city and financial centre of the country.[12][13][14] Kazakhstan hosted the 2011 Asian Winter Games, which can be seen as preparation for hosting the Winter Olympic Games in the future. The Asian Winter Games were divided between Astana, the capital since 1997, and Almaty. On 29 November 2011, Almaty was chosen to host the 2017 Winter Universiade. On 17 August 2013, Almaty announced they were bidding for the 2022 Games.[15]

Logo of Lviv campaign. Lviv  Ukraine National Olympic Committee of Ukraine

The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine officially submitted a bid for Lviv to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on 5 November 2013.[16]

Logo of Beijing campaign. Beijing  China Chinese Olympic Committee

On 5 November 2013, the Chinese Olympic Committee announced that it would submit a bid for Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing (where the indoor ice sports and the ceremonies would take place) was the host city of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Zhangjiakou would host the outdoor snow events.[17]

Cancelled bids[edit]

On 11 November 2013, the Swedish Olympic Committee announced they submitted a bid to the IOC for the Games,[18] but on 17 January 2014, Stockholm dropped the bid, because of lack of political support.[19] Åre, about 610 km (380 mi) from Stockholm, was scheduled to host the alpine skiing events. Stockholm previously hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics, but this was the first time the Swedish capital was bidding for the Winter Olympics.

Applicant cities venues list[edit]

Event Kraków[20][21] Oslo[22] Almaty[23] Lviv[24] Beijing[25]
Olympics dates 11 Feb - 27 Feb 11 Feb - 27 Feb 4 Feb - 20 Feb 11 Feb - 27 Feb 4 Feb - 20 Feb
Paralympics dates 11 Mar - 20 Mar 11 Mar - 20 Mar 4 Mar - 13 Mar 11 Mar - 20 Mar 4 Mar - 13 Mar
Opening and closing ceremonies Wisła Stadium Bjerke Travbane Almaty Central Stadium Arena Lviv Beijing National Stadium
Alpine skiing Jasná ( Slovakia) 1) Kvitfjell
2) Hafjell
Shymbulak Borzhava Resort Xiaohaituo Alpine Skiing Field (Yanqing)
Cross country skiing Zakopane Nordic Centre Holmenkollen Soldatskoe Valley Tysovets Nordic Arena Guyangshu Biathlon Field (Zhangjiakou)
Ski jumping Ski Jumping Center
(Wielka Krokiew)
Holmenkollen Sunkar International Ski Jumping Complex Tysovets Jumping Hills Guyangshu Ski Jumping Field (Zhangjiakou)
Nordic combined Zakopane Nordic Centre Holmenkollen Sunkar Tysovets Nordic Arena Guyangshu Biathlon Field (Zhangjiakou)
Biathlon Kościelisko - Kiry Grønmo Soldatskoe Valley Tysovets Nordic Arena Hualindong Ski Resort (Zhangjiakou)
Freestyle skiing Hawrań Ski Centre (Jurgów) 1) Wyller
2) Grefsen
1) Ak-Bulak ski resort
2) Kok Zhaylau ski resort
3) Tabagan Ski resort
Panasivka Snow Park 1) Genting Ski Resort
2) Taiwu Ski Resort
Snowboard Hawrań Ski Centre (Jurgów) Wyller 1) Kok Zhaylau ski resort
2) Akbulak ski resort
Panasivka Snow Park 1) Genting Ski Resort
2) Taiwu Ski Resort
3) Wanlong Ski Resort
Ice hockey 1 Cracovia Stadium Stubberud Almaty Ice Palace Lviv Ice Hockey Rink Wukesong Sports Centre
Ice hockey 2 Wisła Arena Jordal Amfi Baluan Sholak Sports Palace Lviv Ice Hockey Rink National Indoor Stadium
Speed skating UPSE Oval Valle Hovin Medeo Lviv Skating Oval National Speed Skating Stadium (Beijing)
Figure skating
Short track
Kraków Arena Fonebu Arena Almaty Olympic Ice Arena Lviv Skating Arena Capital Indoor Stadium
Curling Kraków-Kolna Arena Lørenskog Curling Arena Lviv Curling Sheet National Aquatics Centre
Bobsleigh, luge, skeleton Myślenice Sliding Centre Lillehammer Track Sunkar Vynnyky Sliding Centre Xiaohaituo Bobsleigh and Luge Track (Yanqing)

Applicant cities comparison[edit]

All data come from applicant cities bid books.

Category Details Kraków Oslo Almaty Lviv Beijing
Population (2014) City 758,334 634,463 1,477,564 729,842 19,612,368
Country 38,186,860 5,136,700 17,736,896 44,573,205 1,350,695,000
Puplic opinion, support City 66% (Nov 2013) 41% (Mar 2014) 65% 68,4% (Dec 2013) 91,8% (Jan 2014)
Country 81% (Nov 2013) 35% (Mar 2014) 67% (Dec 2013) 96,3% (Jan 2014)
Bid budget (mln USD) Applicant phase 5 27 4,5 4 11,25
Candidature phase 21 25 30 18 18,75
Main airport
(2014 / 2022)
Name Kraków-Balice Oslo-Gardermoen Almaty International Lviv International Beijing Capital
Distance (km) 19 50 9,4 10 25
Capacity per hour 1700 / 3600 4200 / 5300 1600 / 4000 2000 / - - / -
Longest distance
(airports excluded)
km 204 228 47 192 257
min 200 165 55 155 178
(number of rooms)
Existing 31,874 23,474 36,573 36,992 109,940
Planned 2,460 142 7,597 836 5718
Additional 1,359 1,000 13,503 12,122 -
Total 35,693 24,616 57,673 49,950 115,658
Proposed sport venues
(opening/closing ceremony venues excluded)
(no permanent works required)
1 1 7 - 4
(permanent works required)
6 7 1 4 3
(irrespective of the games)
4 - 3 1 -
(games dependent)
1 5 2 6 6

Previously interested in bidding[edit]

The former parts of the County of Tyrol, Tyrol in Austria, South Tyrol and Trentino in Italy were considering a joint bid as the Euroregion Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino for the 2022 Olympics. The capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck, has already hosted Olympic Winter Games twice, in 1964 and 1976 as well as the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics. However, the common legislative assembly of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino rejected the proposal during its session on 30 March 2011.[26]
After the announcment that Sarajevo will host the 2017 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival,[27] President of Party of Better Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SBB BiH), Fahrudin Radončić said that Bosnia and Herzegovina will apply for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Sarajevo.[28][29] Sarajevo previously hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics when it was part of Yugoslavia.
Quebec City initially expressed interest in bidding. In September 2011, Quebec City mayor Régis Labeaume ruled out bidding for 2022. However, the city may bid for another Winter Games in the future.[30] IOC President Jacques Rogge stated that he believes that the 2026 Winter Olympics would be a realistic option for the city to organize the games.[31] Quebec has a problem finding a mountain for the downhill event, as the planned location Le Massif was not approved.[32]
After an interview with then International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge during the 2012 Olympic Games in London discussions were started about how to organize Winter Olympics in the southern hemisphere for the first time. During the interview conditions in the Andes were highlighted as very suitable to stage snow sports events but a lack of existing venues for the ice sport events was identified as well.[33]
After the failure by Nice to secure the French nomination for the 2018 Olympics, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, announced in 2011[34] and again during the 2012 Summer Games that his city was still interested in bidding.[35] The French Olympic Committee will make a decision after they get an autumn report about the failure of previous Olympic bids by France, but the president of the Committee also said that the probability of bidding for 2022 is weak.[36]
During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Jouko Purontakanen, the Secretary General of the Finland Olympic Committee, said Finland could host the games alone in Tahko, Kuopio, and Helsinki if the project for artificial heightening of the Tahko hill progresses.[37] Stefan Wallin, Finland's Minister for Culture and Sports, has also suggested that Finland should bid for the 2022 games with other Nordic countries after Finland's NOC discusses with them in Vancouver.[37] Nothing followed from these suggestions: the heightening of Tahko hill did not progress since 2010 due to environmental concerns,[38] and no Nordic countries indicated an interest to bid with Finland since the discussions in Vancouver.
Following the failed bid of Munich to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, plans were made for a second attempt. On 30 September 2013, Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (the German National Olympic Committee) announced its intention to submit a bid for Munich to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.[39] The Olympic plans were cancelled on 10 November 2013, though, due to the outcome of referendums held in Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Bavarian districts of Berchtesgadener Land and Traunstein, where the competitions would have taken place.[40] In each locality, a majority had voted against bidding: 51.2 percent in Munich, 51.6 percent in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 54.0 percent in Berchtesgadener Land and 59.7 percent in Traunstein.[41] Arguments brought forth by the opponents include the high costs for hosting the Olympics, environmental issues and criticism of commercialization of sports in general and the IOC in particular.[42]
In order to address concerns voiced about the 2018 bid, the 2022 Games would have been located at four different places. Only Alpine Skiing and Ski Jumping competitions would have been held at Garmisch-Partenkirchen (the host city of the 1936 Winter Olympics), whilst Nordic Skiing and Biathlon events would have taken place at existing facilities at Ruhpolding, thus minimizing the land use. The Königssee bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track would have become another important venue. Indoor ice skating events and ski/snowboard half-pipe competitions would have been held at the Olympiapark in Munich, the main site of the 1972 Summer Olympics; and the Olympic Stadium would have been used for the opening and closing ceremonies.[43]
Queenstown, New Zealand's main winter sports centre, has toyed with the idea of bidding for hosting rights of the Winter Olympics in the past, notably a 2007 report suggesting a bid (co-hosting with Dunedin) for the 2018 games. A proposal to bring the games to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in 2022, to be jointly held in Queenstown and Christchurch, has been mooted by a private group, but does not have general support among the country's Olympians and is seen as unlikely to proceed.[44][45]
The mayor of Brașov, George Scripcaru, said in September 2011 that his city would be interested to bid if the 2013 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival is a success.[46] In 2007, former Romanian Prime Minister Călin Popescu Tăriceanu announced that the country was considering a bid for the Prahova Valley.[47] Instead of bidding for 2022, Brașov's mayor, George Scripcaru, announced in November 2013 that Brasov will be bidding to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. (olympic.org)
Barcelona (the host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics) considered a bid for the 2022 Olympics, but on 25 October 2013, mayor Xavier Trias announced that "the conditions" would not exist yet. Instead, one "must concentrate to reach the Olympic target by 2026."[48] On 13 January 2010, then mayor of Barcelona Jordi Hereu had first announced plans to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The proposed "two cluster system" would have seen the Games being shared with La Molina, a ski resort in the Pyrenees. Indoor sports (as well as the opening, closing and medal ceremonies) would have taken place in Barcelona.[49][50][51]
The Zaragoza-Pyrenees 2022 bid was withdrawn on 7 November 2011 and left Barcelona as sole candidate from Spain to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Officials insisted that Barcelona never regarded Zaragoza as "a rival, but rather the opposite. Both of us championed the Pyrenees brand in our projects and that's why I believe Aragon will also benefit if Barcelona goes ahead with this bid, because it will have a positive effect on the whole Pyrenees".[52][53][54]
Östersund was interested in a potential 2022 bid, but the Swedish Olympic committee decided not to move forward with bidding due to a lack of financial guarantees from the government.[55] The SOC chairman said that future applications were unlikely because of the government policy.[56] However Sweden has applied with Stockholm as main city, with more arenas and hotels already available, therefore lower cost.
The intention to bid was approved in November 2010. On 24 January 2011, the Swiss Olympic Association, announced that five areas across Switzerland had shown interest in bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics:[57] Geneva, Valais, Graubünden, Lucerne/Central Switzerland and Berne. After a withdrawal from Central Switzerland,[58] the Swiss Olympic Association received four bids by 31 March 2011 deadline.[59] The executive committee of the Swiss Olympic Association decided on 11 August 2011 to put forward a bid of the St.Moritz/Davos-area to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. St. Moritz last hosted the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948.
St. Moritz/Davos presented a project that will host all events in the surrounding area of Davos and St. Moritz; generally speaking, "ice events" in Davos and "snow events" in St. Moritz. However, Davos has a hosting tradition in Cross-country skiing and Snowboarding, and so one would expect Davos venues for those competitions. After the decision on 11 August 2011 a feasibility study for the Games was announced including the possibility to extend ice events to Zurich. The organizers decided during a session on 22 December 2011 to go forward with "St. Moritz 2022" as the official corporate name of the bid.[60] However at a plebiscite in Graubünden about the bid on 3 March 2013, the public voted with 41'758 to 37'540 votes (52.66% to 47.43%) [61] against a credit for the 2022 Olympic Games, meaning that the bid will have to be dropped.
  • United States Multiple cities, United States
Multiple cities in the United States such as Bozeman, Denver, Reno, and Salt Lake City expressed interest in bidding for the 2022 Games, but the USOC is opting to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics or the 2026 Winter Olympics.[62]



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