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100 days to go until Beijing Winter Olympics

Published: 27 October 2021
Released by: Minister for Sport

NSW is marking 100 days to go until the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, with the State’s high-performance athletes embarking on their final stages of qualification for the Australian team.

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said NSW athletes had hit peak preparations in recent weeks, as they compete to claim their spot on the international stage.

“After enjoying the hugely successful summer Olympics, we can’t wait to see what our winter superstars have to offer in Beijing,” Mrs Ward said.

“NSW has a very proud history of representation and success in Australian Olympic teams and I have no doubt we will see this continue next year.”

The Winter Olympics run from Friday 4 February until Sunday 20 February 2022 and will feature seven new events, making it the most gender-balanced Winter Games ever.

“The introduction of new events, including big air freestyle, snowboard cross and a mixed relay in short track speed skating, are a great step forward and provide more terrific opportunities for sportswomen to show their skills to a global audience,” Mrs Ward said.

Among those vying for team selection is NSW Institute of Sport athlete Jakara Anthony, who placed fourth at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the best ever result for an Australian female mogul skier.

“I know that everyone has been training the house down and will really step it up this Olympic season,” Ms Anthony said.

NSW Institute of Sport Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson said qualification for the Games ends in mid-January.

“Like their fellow summer Olympics athletes, our Winter Olympic hopefuls have had to overcome many obstacles in their preparations,” Mr Thompson said.

“I wish our athletes, coaches and support staff the best of luck in their quest for Olympic qualification over the coming months.”

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