A new show, Winter Pass, will feature in the build-up to the Games
Discovery has revealed its plans for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which will take place in February.
In the build up to the event, Discovery will broadcast over 700 hours of live winter sports coverage, with 3,000 hours in total. Part of this build up content will be a new show, Winter Pass, presented by Radzi Chingyangya - who grew in popularity during Discovery’s Tokyo 2020 coverage.
The ten-episode one-hour show will premiere on 23 November, and air weekly featuring Chingyangya visiting some of the most scenic locations on the winter sports calendar to feature an event that is on the Olympic programme. It will include original formats such as Athletes To Watch - profiling the athletes going for gold at Beijing 2022, and Essential Olympic Stories powered by Bridgestone - celebrating iconic Olympians such as Hermann Maier, Matty Nykanen and Steven Bradbury.
Other content in the build-up to the games includes a two-hour episode of Hall Of Fame on Eurosport 1 on 26 October, profiling some of the best Winter Games stories from Turin, Vancouver, Sochi and PyeongChang.
Once the Winter Olympics begins, Discovery will again use the extended reality Cube studio that was on show at Tokyo 2020 - with additional innovations that will be announced closer to the event. Coverage will also feature the anthem produced by composer Steven Price in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra for Tokyo 2020.
Andrew Georgiou, president of sports at Discovery, said: “A standout success from Tokyo 2020 was how discovery+ and our digital platforms have transformed the way we tell stories. They not only reach the whole household audience but cater perfectly for storytelling outside the live action. This has allowed us to tell more human stories that resonate with even more people, particularly through making a deeper connection with the athletes, exploring the world in which they live and shining a light on themes from wider society they are passionate about.
“When you combine this depth of storytelling with our unrivalled line-up of live winter sports coverage, we are the most comprehensive place to follow the journey to Beijing 2022. Both PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 showed how the success of national heroes drove record audiences. Given many of our major markets are fanatical about winter sports, we are gearing up for more of the same this winter.”
Scott Young, senior vice president, content and production at Discovery Sports, added: “We will leave no stone unturned as we endeavour to tell the stories that matter to millions of fans across Europe in the lead-up to - and during - Beijing 2022. In Radzi Chinyanganya, who now assumes a role on a pan-European basis for our new Winter Pass programme, we have an exceptional presenter perfectly placed speaking to viewers with the youthful and innovative approach to storytelling he demonstrated in Tokyo for Discovery Eurosport in the UK.
“As it had done for our Grand Slam tennis coverage, the immersive Cube studio again proved extremely popular with viewers and athletes alike during Tokyo 2020. We’re all looking forward to unveiling this brilliant technology in its new and enhanced guise for Beijing 2022 meaning fans will be able to enjoy deeper analysis from our incredible team of winter sports experts from across Europe like never before.”
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