SPORTS Stunning transformation of Beijing Olympic stadiums

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Stunning transformation of Beijing Olympic stadiums

CGTN

09:25, January 26, 2021

As February 4 marks the one-year countdown to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, stadiums have undergone stunning transformations for the upcoming winter sports event.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are comprised of 25 competition and non-competition venues in three competition zones: Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.

In Beijing, the majority of stadiums are legacies from the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games, with the National Speed Skating Oval as the only newly built stadium for ice sports.

Yanqing, in suburban Beijing, will stage 20 events across four disciplines, namely alpine skiing, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge at two newly-built venues.

Venues in the Zhangjiakou competition zone, located in the city's Chongli District, will host 50 events out of six disciplines.

The National Stadium (Bird's Nest) – opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing 2022

A distant view of the Bird's Nest in Beijing, China, May 23, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

The National Aquatics Center (from Water Cube to Ice Cube) – Curling

An aerial view of the Water Cube (L) and the Bird's Nest at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, August 24, 2008. (Photo: CFP)

The National Speed Skating Oval (Ice Ribbon) – Speed skating

An aerial view of the National Speed Skating Oval, also known as the Ice Ribbon in Beijing, China, January 2, 2021. (Photo: CFP)

The National Indoor Stadium – Men's hockey

An outside view of the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, August 20, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

The Capital Indoor Stadium – Figure skating and short track speed skating

The Capital Indoor Stadium is one of the main venues during the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, March, 2008. (Photo: CFP)

The Capital Indoor Stadium hosts the International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Beijing, China, October 31, 2004. (Photo: CFP)

The Wukesong Sports Center – Women's ice hockey

The Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing, China, September 19, 2017. (Photo: CFP)

The Shougang Ski Jumping Park World's first permanent ski jumping hill

A light show displays at the Shougang Ski Jumping Platform, the location of the big air event at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China, December 12, 2019. (Photo: CFP)

The National Alpine Ski Center – Alpine skiing

The altitude of the National Alpine Ski Center is 2,198 meters, and the maximum drop of the men's downhill track is 890 meters in Yanqing District, Beijing, China, January 18, 2021. (Photo: CFP)

The National Sliding Center – Bobsleigh, skeleton and luge tracks

An aerial view of the National Sliding Center, which will host the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge competitions during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Yanqing District, Beijing, China, January 3, 2021. (Photo: CFP)

National Biathlon Center – Nordic combined and biathlon

The National Biathlon Center is under construction in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, September 16, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

The National Ski Jumping Center (Ice Jade Ring) – Ski jumping

The National Ski Jumping Center displays the Olympic Rings during a light performance test in Chongil District in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, December 13, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

The National Ski Jumping Center, also known as the "Ice Jade Ring," is covered with snow, connecting the core area of the group of Olympic venues in Chongli District in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, December 19, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

The National Cross-Country Center – Cross-country skiing

A screenshot shows an aerial view of the National Cross-Country Skiing Center, which hosted the Hebei Provincial cross-country skiing competition as its first event after completion in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, December 19, 2020. (Photo: CMG)

Genting Snow Park – Freestyle skiing and snowboarding

Snowboarders at Genting Snow Park in Chongli District in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China, November 22, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

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