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BBC reveals 2022 Winter Olympics broadcast plans

The BBC has revealed its broadcast plans for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

There will be over 300 hours of live coverage on BBC1 and BBC2 during the competition, which is being held 4-20 February. More content will be available through a second live stream available on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, and the BBC Sport website.

Hazel Irvine, Jeanette Kwakye, Ayo Akinwolere and JJ Chalmers will lead the coverage, with Clare Balding hosting a daily highlights show on BBC2 and Aimee Fuller presenting Extra, a daily one-hour extended highlights show on BBC3.

Analysis will be provided by a host of former Olympians and international winter athletes, including the most successful British Winter Olympian and most successful Olympic skeleton athlete of all time Lizzy Yarnold, Olympic short track speed skater and 10-time British Champion Sarah Lindsay, figure skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Graham Bell and Chemmy Alcott.

The main coverage will come from dock10’s virtual reality studio at Media City UK, providing a ‘ski lodge’ setting for the production.

Commentary will be provided by more ex-Olympians and athletes, such as figure skating Olympic gold medallist Robin Cousins, ex-World Champion speed skater Wilf O’Reilly, Olympic bobsleigh medallist John Jackson and curling Olympic gold medallist Rhona Howie and World Champion Jackie Lockhart.

Jenny Jones, Matthew Pinsent and Sarah Mulkerrins will be reporting from Beijing.

Ahead of the tournament, documentary Free Spirits will launch on BBC iPlayer, which follows a group of Team GB freestyle skiers and snowboarders around the world as they prepare for the Olympics. BroadcastNow

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