Beijing 2022
15 events
The ski jumping slope
The most spectacular images from the Winter Games
Olympic Village
More Olympic Village
Curling Power
Years of work
Tragedy brewing
People coming together
At the speed of light
Biathlon
Cross-country skiing
Flying imagery
Fighting for the record
Snowboard Slopestyle
The background scenery
Dancing on ice
Fear factor
Elegance in curling
Flying at ground level
The Impossible
In the line of duty
More love
A hug for fans at home
Competition and danger
Speed Skating
Super G
Luge Run
Speeds of a car
Goal!!
Snow and gold
The Giant Parallel Slalom
It's the real thing
Ever Olympic
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Beijing 2022

For two weeks, the world's eyes are on Beijing, where the XXIV Olympic Winter Games are taking place.

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15 events

There are 15 disciplines to compete in this years' games, all of them offering a white and shimmering winter background that helps these Olympics to leave unforgettable photos.

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The ski jumping slope

This is the Zhangjiakou ski jumping slope. If it is not imposing enough when seen from below, it is hard to imagine what it must be like to jump down it and reach speeds of 100 km/h. Or to cover vast distances like Stefan Kraft's (Norway) 253.5 metres. Kraft set the current world record in 2017.

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The most spectacular images from the Winter Games

And to prove it, here is a gallery with the most spectacular images of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics so far. Starting with this moment of Olivia Asselin (Canada), in one of the most spectacular events of the circuit: acrobatic skiing.

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Olympic Village

Of course, the Beijing Olympic Village already looks spectacular in itself: halfway between a holiday resort and Middle Earth in 'Lord of the Rings'. Excellence is the only thing to aspire to in this tournament.

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More Olympic Village

Another Olympic Village, located in the city-prefecture of Zhangjiakou in the Beijing area, is also a wonder from the air. China's event hosting capacity is second to none.

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Curling Power

Curling is a curious, hypnotic and tremendously complicated sport. Amos Mosaner (Italy) shows the level of concentration it requires.

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Years of work

The Winter Olympics, and also the Summer Olympics, offer a few minutes (or sometimes just a few seconds) to showcase years of work. To win, only excellence counts, and Mark Kondratiuk (Russia) knew this during his figure skating competition.

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Tragedy brewing

But apart from the aesthetic aspect, there is also the competitive aspect, and there are few things more beautiful than two teams squaring off in an ice hockey rink. Especially if those two teams are, as is the case, the United States and Canada. Rivalry is served. Incidentally, it is Savannah Haarmon (USA) who is about to eat the wall, under the watchful eye of Brianne Jenner (Canada).

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People coming together

Beyond victories and defeats, if there is one thing that has endured at the Olympic Games since they were first held, it is the spirit of friendship, concord and collegiality of all the participants. As Kjeld Nuis (Netherlands) of the speed skating team summed it up, love is in the air.

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At the speed of light

Everything changes when the riders put on their hoods and hit the speed skating track. Tyson Langelaar (Canada) shows how a photo can capture the feeling of speed.

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Biathlon

Cross-country skiing and rifle shooting combined. A mixture that has become one of the great attractions of winter sport. Even more so when people like Benedikt Doll (Germany) offer the world photos as spectacular as this one.

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Cross-country skiing

It's a very tough event and not for everyone. As Tiril Udnes (Norway) demonstrates, lying on the ground at the end of his race. Cross-country skiing requires you to give your best, and you need to have been preparing for it for months.

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Flying imagery

Mathilde Myhrvold (Norway) had finished her participation in the cross-country skiing event, but in the photo she appears to be flying. The magic of aerial shots.

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Fighting for the record

Everyone wants the puck. Ice Hockey is one of the kings of the winter Olympics and winning gold in Beijing 2022 would make Ahn Kolowratova (Czech Republic) or Lin Qiqi (China) national heroes.

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Snowboard Slopestyle

The fact that a test includes 'style' in its name already gives you a clue as to what you are going to find. If it is not clear, this acrobatic photo from Yiming Su (China) makes it more than clear.

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The background scenery

And beyond the beastly acrobatic snowboarding, the backdrop and natural scenery of Beijing 2022 is a real marvel. Just ask Zoi Sadowski Synnott (New Zealand) what the views from above are like.

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Dancing on ice

Figure Skating combines sport and art in equal parts, and Peng Cheng and Jin Yang (China) are the best example of this in their beautiful pairs exercise.

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Fear factor

Anything can be used to intimidate your rivals, including Zhou Jiaying's (China) screen-printed helmet, whose lion commands respect and fear.

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Elegance in curling

Anyone who says that curling is not an aesthetic or a beautiful winter sport need only look at the elegance and precision with which Stefania Constantini (Italy) delivers a throw. Poetry in slow motion.

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Flying at ground level

If pairs figure skating is a delight to watch, the individual exercises equally as entertaining. This moment of Jin Boyang (China) flying literally centimetres off the ground is majestic.

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The Impossible

Apart from the fact that Kaori Sakamoto's (Japan) stance is impossible for 99% of humans, it has the added difficulty of the razor-sharp skate blade. One small mistake and the consequences can be dangerous.

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In the line of duty

Short Track Speed Skating is a showcase of the dangers surrounding winter sport. Janghyuk Park (South Korea) fell and severed his hand. Goodbye to the Olympic dream. For the time being...

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More love

Ailing Eileen Gu (China) has just won gold in Freestyle Skiing and is celebrating in the best way: with love.

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A hug for fans at home

Maximum concentration and extreme tension in the Free Skating of Nathan Chen (USA) in Figure Skating, who seems to want to give a hug to everyone who sees the picture.

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Competition and danger

Seeing how close the 1000m Short Track Speed Skating finalists are, it is easier to see what happened to Janghyuk Park (South Korea).

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Speed Skating

Here is Kjeld Nuis (Netherlands) reaching speeds unthinkable for humans - but very real in Speed Skating.

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Super G

The giant slalom, as well as being one of the great spectacles of the competition, provides beautiful images of the slopes at nightfall, with Andreas Sander (Germany) in the middle of the descent.

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Luge Run

The Luge track is as aesthetically pleasing as it is impressive from the air. Julia Taubitz (Germany) searches for gold in the darkness.

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Speeds of a car

When seen up close, the Luge is even more impressive, especially when you know that the riders reach speeds of 140 km/h, as in the case of Natalie Geisenberger (Germany).

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Goal!!

Maria Sorokina (Russian Olympic Committee) concedes a Finnish goal. Ice hockey can also be magnificent when photos are taken at the right angle.

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Snow and gold

Benjamin Karl (Austria) won gold in the Giant Parallel Slalom and celebrated by kissing the snow.

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The Giant Parallel Slalom

If you don't know what the Giant Parallel Slalom is, this picture defines it perfectly. Here is Benjamin Karl (Austria) in action.

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It's the real thing

Winning Olympic gold is a dream, and sometimes is can be achieved. Ailing Eileen Gu (China) opted for the simple trick of biting the medal. It's not a dream. It is Olympic and it's real.

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Ever Olympic

Participating in the Olympics is the ultimate for any athlete. Birk Ruud (Norway) found fame for more than his athletic ability. His Olympic nails are already a symbol of Beijing 2022.

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