The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China was one for the history books. While some people were unimpressed with this year’s games and there was more than enough drama to go around, that shouldn’t take away from all the amazing moments we witnessed this year.
With 109 gold medals and over 300 total medals up for grabs, it was Norway that walked away with the most hardware with 16 gold medals, eight silver medals, and 13 bronze medals – a total of 37 medals and five more than the next closest, the Russian Olympic Committee with 32.
The United States fared well in this year’s Olympics, walking away with 25 total medals – eight gold medals, 10 silver medals, and seven bronze medals. Lindsey Jacobellis was the only American athlete to win two gold medals, while Nathan Chen finished with a gold and silver.
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Best Things to Watch Now That the Olympics Are Over
The 2022 Winter Olympics came to an end on February 20th and it left a lot of people around the world stuck with nothing to do – especially considering how much time we spend consuming the Olympic action. It’s the equivalent to binge-watching a TV show and you just watched the finale.
Some people are happy the Olympics are over – either they absorbed all the winter sports they needed or they were never interested in the first place. Other people aren’t ready to say farewell to winter sports and want the fun to continue. Which side of the spectrum do you fall on?
If you’re looking to squeeze that last little bit of Olympic spirit out of your system, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to detail 20 of the most exciting things to watch now that the Winter Olympics have come and gone – including sporting events, movies, and documentaries!
20. Ice Castles (1978 & 2010)
Ice Castles is a movie that tells the story of Lexie Winston, a young figure skater who rises to stardom before suffering a major head injury that robs her of her eyesight. She eventually fights her way back to competition after learning to overcome her disability and skate again.
If this sounds like a movie you’d be interested, you’re in luck because there are two versions! The original one was released in 1978 and is perfect for those that love old movies. If you’re into remakes, then there’s a 2010 version that’s just as good and follows the same exact story.
19. The White Stadium (1928)
The White Stadium is a documentary about the 1928 St. Moritz Olympics. It was the first year the Winter Olympics wasn’t held in conjunction with the Summer Olympics. It was directed by Arnold Fanck and became the first official Olympic feature film with backing by the IOC.
The film gives you an inside look at what the Olympics were like nearly 100 years ago. It features athletes such as Sonja Henie, Alf Andersen, Bertel Backmann, Sherwin Badger, Ivar Ballangrud, Theresa Blanchard, Ellen Brockhoft, Pierre Brunet, and Melitta Brunner.
18. Crossing Beyond (2018)
Crossing Beyond is a documentary about five athletes – Marissa Brandt (hockey), Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (ski jumper), Billy Morgan (snowboarder), Akwasi Frimpong (skeleton), and Sayed-Ali-Shah Farhang (skier) – competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Frimpong was the first skeleton athlete from Ghana, Brandt was a South Korean athlete adopted to the United States, Morgan won bronze medal in the big air event, Farhang was one of the first two Winter Olympians from Afghanistan, and Irashko-Stolz was overcoming a knee injury.
17. Take Off 2 (2016)
Take Off 2, also known as Run-Off or Gukgadaepyo 2, is a South Korean documentary that tells the story of South Korea’s first ever women’s national hockey team. The team was granted automatic entry into the 2018 Olympic Games, two years after the film was released in 2016.
The original team included the likes of a woman that abandoned North Korea, a former short track speed skater that was banned, a middle school student, and a middle aged woman. It’s an interesting story that’s much more popular now with the emergence of women’s hockey.
16. Icarus (2017)
Icarus is a 2017 documentary directed by Bryan Fogel, who seeks the help of Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov in winning an amateur cycling race while taking a banned substance. Rodchenkov was head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory prior to appearing in the film.
During the film, the Fogel and Rodchenkov become friends. Rodchenkov eventually tells Fogel that he oversees a state-sponsored Olympic doping program. The film is once again relevant amid the Kamila Valieva doping investigation during the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
15. Molly’s Game (2017)
Molly’s Game is a 2017 film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. It follows the story of Molly Bloom, a mogul skier that had dreams of competing in the Olympics. Those dreams came to a screeching halt when she suffered a career-ending injury in an Olympic qualifying event in 2002.
After the injury, Bloom starts to manage illegal underground poker games with wealthy and famous individuals. She eventually starts her own underground poker empire, but one of her players is an informant for the FBI. They bring down her operation and arrest her in the process.
14. Watch the 2021-22 NBA Season
Alright, let’s take a break from the movies and documentaries. Although not an Olympic winter sport, the NBA is technically a winter sport and it’s in full bloom right now. With roughly 20 or so games remaining in the 2021-22 regular season, the NBA playoffs are right around the corner!
By now, we have a pretty clear look at who the top teams are in the league – the Suns, Warriors, Heat, Bulls, and Grizzlies are separating themselves from the pack. With that said, you can’t count out the Philadelphia 76ers after obtaining James Harden from the Brooklyn Nets.
13. Downhill Racer (1969)
Downhill Racer is a 1969 film directed by Michael Ritchie, written by James Salter, and based on a 1963 novel by Oakley Hall. It stars Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Camilla Sparv, but you also get to see Sylvester Stallone make his film debut – albeit just one scene in the movie.
The film tells the story of David Chappellet, an American downhill skier that fights for his spot on the United States’ Olympic team. Not only does he make it, but he stuns the world with a gold medal. It’s a cool movie for those that like the downhill battle that makes skiing so exciting.
12. Sticks and Stones: The Battle for the Soul of Curling (2014)
Sticks and Stones: The Battle for the Soul of Curling is a 2014 documentary that tells of Warren Hansen’s impact on the state of curling as we know it today. Prior to the 1970s, curling wasn’t viewed as a pro sport and curlers weren’t viewed as athletes. Hansen wanted to change that.
You’ll get a close-up view of Hansen’s efforts in banning smoking (which happened during the games), promoting fitness, introducing officials into the game, as well as coaches and uniforms. His goal was to bring respect to the game and have it recognized on an Olympic level.
11. Watch the 2021-22 NHL Season
We’re going to take another break from the movies and documentaries. For those that were looking forward to seeing NHL players in this year’s Winter Olympics, you were likely disappointed when the NHL announced its players won’t be participating – it was tragic.
With that said, you can catch all the NHL action you could possibly need with the regular season in full swing. Most teams have around 30 games remaining in their season before the playoffs start, which is when things really get interesting. Buckle up and prepare for the excitement!
10. 2022 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships
The next few things on our list are all related, but they’re different events that will feature a lot of different athletes. First, let’s talk about the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships for those that didn’t get enough curling during the Olympics. It’s one of the best Olympic sports.
This year’s mixed doubles championships are being held between April 23rd and April 30th in Geneva, Switzerland. It’ll feature 16 teams, instead of the usual 20 teams. Scotland and Sweden won the last two championships, but Switzerland won the two prior to that. It should be exciting!
9. 2022 World Women’s Curling Championships
Alright, let’s move on to the 2022 BKT Tires & OK Tire World Women’s Curling Championship, which is being held between March 19th and March 27th in Prince George, Canada. The city was slated to host the championships in 2020 before it was canceled due to COVID-19.
Although the United States hasn’t yet announced their team, they’re currently slated to play Russia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, Scotland, and Denmark in the round robin. Switzerland was the winner in last year’s games.
8. 2022 World Men’s Curling Championships
Lastly, we have the LGT World Men’s Curling Championships 2022, which is being held between April 2 and April 10 in Las Vegas, NV at the Orleans Arena – which hosted the 2018 championships. This year’s installment will feature 13 teams from talented countries.
Sweden has dominated the championships in recent years and is currently seeing their fourth consecutive victory. It won’t be easy, but they have all the momentum after securing a gold medal in this year’s Winter Olympics. Great Britain took silver and Canada took bronze.
7. Blades of Glory (2007)
Blades of Glory is a 2007 sports comedy film directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon. It starred Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Jenna Fischer, and Amy Poehler in what was a star-studded lineup. With a budget of $61 million, it received over $145 million in box office sales.
The movie follows two rival figure skaters – Ferrell and Heder – that join forces and create a super duo on the ice. They must overcome the talented brother-sister duo – Arnett and Poehler – if they want to win the gold medal. Do they? Well, you’ll have to watch the movie to find out!
6. The Cutting Edge (1992)
The Cutting Edge is a 1992 sports-romantic comedy directed by Paul Michael Glaser and written by Tony Gilroy. It follows the story of a spoiled figure skater, Kate Moseley, who is forced to skate with a former Olympic hockey captain, Doug Dorsey, in the Olympic pairs event.
Although their partnership starts off rocky as the two find it difficult to work with each other, they slowly grow chemistry with one another and they blossom into a powerful duo on the ice. If you enjoy this movie and want more of it, there are several sequels that you could binge-watch.
5. Eddie the Eagle (2015)
Eddie the Eagle is a 2016 biographical sports film that originally made its debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It was directed by Dexter Fletcher, stars Taron Egerton, and features some big names in Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Iris Berben, and Jim Broadbent.
The film follows the story of Michael Edwards, a former Olympic skier who became Britain’s first Olympic competitor in ski jumping since 1928 when he competed in the 1988 Olympics. Although he finishes last, he becomes an instant icon and is revered by fans of the sport.
4. I, Tonya (2017)
I, Tonya is a 2017 biographical sports comedy directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Steven Rogers. It stars Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding and also features Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, and Allison Janney. It has grossed over $50 million worldwide.
The movie is loosely based on Tonya Harding’s attack on Nancy Kerrigan that left her unable to compete in 1994. Though it’s based on real interviews with Harding and her ex-husband, there is some doubt as to whether her point of view can be trusted. Still, it’s a funny film worth watching.
3. Cool Runnings (1993)
Cool Runnings is a 1993 sports comedy that loosely follows the story of Jamaica’s first national bobsled team appearance at the Winter Olympics in 1988. It was directed by Jon Turteltaub and stars Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba, and Raymond J. Barry.
It starts with Derice Bannock failing to qualify for the 1988 Summer Olympics as a sprinter. In an effort to qualify, he ends up forming Jamaica’s first bobsled team alongside a dishonored coach and a friend. Though they didn’t perform well, they were immediately viewed as sports icons.
2. Miracle (2004)
Miracle is a 2004 sports drama that’s loosely based on the events that unfolded in men’s ice hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. It was directed by Gavin O’Connor, written by Eric Guggenheim and Mike Rich, and stars Kurt Russell as head coach Herb Brooks.
The Soviets were heavy favorites coming into the Olympics and they were matched up with Herb Brooks and Team USA for a shot at the gold medal game. In what became known as the “Miracle on Ice,” the Americans upset the Soviets and later defeated Finland for the gold.
1. 2022 World Figure Skating Championships
Our final thing for you to watch now that the Winter Olympics are over is the 2022 World Figure Skating Championships, which is being held between March 21st and March 27th in Montpellier, France. It’s definitely something to look forward to after what unfolded at the Olympics this year.
It’ll feature a lot of the best skaters in the world, including Nathan Chen, Yuzuru Hanyu, Yuma Kagiyama, Shoma Uno, Vincent Zhou, and Karen Chen. It’s unclear whether or not Kamila Valieva will skate, but it’s possible barring any major news. Either way, it’s bound to be exciting!
When and Where Are the Next Olympics?
As many of you know, the Winter Olympics happen every four years and the next installment will be taking place in Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy in 2026. It’ll mark the first time Italy has hosted an Olympics since Turin hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics – it was an exciting one!
While four years might seem like a long time, we also have the 2024 Summer Olympics to look forward to – which takes place every four years, but is offset by the Winter Olympics by two years. The 2024 Summer Olympics opening ceremony is on July 26, 2024 in Paris, France.
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The Winter Olympics might be over, but that doesn’t mean winter has gone anywhere and neither have winter sports. You can relive some past Olympic heroics through movies and documentaries, or make your own winter sport memories outside – if you have snow or ice.
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