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Watch live outside China’s National Stadium as Winter Olympics opening ceremony begins

The 2022 Winter Olympics officially gets underway today with the opening ceremony in Beijing. The ceremony is taking place at the Bird’s Nest stadium, built and used for the 2008 summer Olympic games, as Beijing becomes the first city to host both editions of the games. The stadium also served as the venue for Track and Field as well the men’s 2008 gold medal soccer game, but will not host any sporting events in 2022.

The opening ceremony is directed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Zhang Yimou, who directed the opening and closing ceremonies in 2008. The parade of nations follows the same order as at Beijing 2008, with countries entering the stadium according the strokes used in the Chinese-language characters of their names. Greece, as tradition dictates, enter first as the first-ever host of the Olympics, and China as the host nation enter last.

Away from the ceremony, British curlers Jen Dodds and Bruce Mouat took on Australia in the mixed doubles event. Team USA dominated figure skating events that began on Friday, starting with American star Nathan Chen, 22, topping the chart with a new personal record of 111.71 in men’s short while Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue earned 86.56 in rhythm skating. Follow all the latest below.

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Another debutant

A nation that has suffered such misfortune, it is heartening to see Haiti make their debut at the Winter Olympics. Richardson Viano is their alpine skiing entry.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 13:06

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Trinidad and Tobago return

20 years on from their last appearance, Trinidad and Tobago are back at the Winter Olympics, entering a duo into the two-man bobsleigh. Axel Brown, born in Harrogate, has switched allegiance from Great Britain.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 13:04

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USA and American Samoa

The USA have a large contingent in Beijing, including plenty of stars – unlike the unincorporated territory of American Samoa, who have just one.

Nathan Crumpton is their sole competitor and will take part just six months on from sprinting in the 100 metres at Tokyo 2020. An impressive achievement, and Crumpton shows off his physique with a oiled-up, topless carry of the flag.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 13:01

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Parade of Nations continues

The Kazakh athletes proudly display scarves bearing their country’s name, holding them aloft like belts before a title bout. The performers are still going, by the way, now hopping about with thumbs up. Extraordinary energy.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 12:57

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Team GB’s make their entrance to Beijing 2022

Dave Ryding and Eve Muirhead carried the British flag into the Bird’s Nest, leading a team 50-strong into the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Team GB during the Parade of Nations at the Beijing 2022 Opening Ceremony

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Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 12:53

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ROC on

Russian athletes are again competing under the ROC tag in Beijing:

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 12:50

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Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Performers dance as part of the pre-show during the opening ceremony

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Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 12:48

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Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Performers create a flower display with LED lights

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Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 12:48

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Team GB enter the Bird’s Nest

Here come Dave Ryding and Eve Muirhead, gently rocking the flag back and forth, Muirhead taking a moment to ensure it is flying fully. The British athletes are clad in Union Jack roll-necks and similarly branded bobble hats.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 12:47

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A debut for Saudi Arabia

Welcome to Saudi Arabia, continuing the Middle Eastern nation’s increasing ubiquity in modern sport. The attempt to broaden the origin of competitors in alpine skiing has helped Fayik Abdi become their first Winter Olympian.

Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2022 12:45

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