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The 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing

by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern

The 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing China begin today, Friday, February 4, 2022, and continue until February 20, followed by the Paralympic Winter Games which start March 4, continuing through March 13. “This year’s Paralympic Winter Games is perhaps the largest in history. It will feature 736 Paralympians and will have 78 medal events across six different Paralympic sports, including Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Sled Hockey, Snowboarding and Wheelchair Curling.” Athletes who are blind or visually impaired will be participating in three sports: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, and Cross-Country Skiing. NBCUniversal will cover the Olympics and NBCSports covers the Paralympics. Both will be airing with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) channel, provided by Descriptive Video Works. Viewers can give feedback to NBC regarding accessibility and audio description by tagging #NBCOlympicsA11y or #NBCParalympicsA11y on social media. To learn more about the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, read the article, “2022 Paralympic Winter Games: What you need to know”. To learn more about the accessibility of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games broadcasts, read, NBCUniversal Enhances Accessibility for 2022 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games.