Feb 4, 2022 - Sports
In photos: Winter Olympics opening ceremony kicks off Beijing Games
The Winter Olympics opening ceremony kicked off in Beijing on Friday, becoming the second Games to start during the pandemic.
Why it matters: But unlike in Tokyo last summer, the Beijing Olympics began against a backdrop of concerns about China's strict COVID policies, geopolitical tensions and a U.S. diplomatic boycott over human rights abuses.
- The opening ceremony — reportedly pared back because of COVID concerns and cold weather — was directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou and ran for more than two hours.
- It was held in Beijing's National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, the same venue that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies during the 2008 Olympics.