stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijing and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizi
ng Committee. “We will endeavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the W
ater Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in pre
paring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 ve
nues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faci
lities built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) in
to a curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.