With weighty geopolitical issues and enough artificial snow to fill two Empire State Buildings, the pandemic-stricken 2022 Winter Games will be unlike any other.

While nearly every Olympic Games draws some form of controversy, the 2022 Beijing Olympics could take the gold medal.

A number of countries announced diplomatic boycotts of the Games over concerns about what the U.S. has labeled “genocide” in China. Foreign spectators are banned because of China’s “Zero Covid” pandemic strategy. Even NBC, the U.S. network airing the competition, will be originating some broadcasts from its Connecticut complex, where 84 commentators are feeling heat over what they might say on air that could anger the contentious country.

That’s just the start. There will doubtlessly be more drama after Friday’s opening ceremony.

Read the full story on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinstoller/2022/02/01/10-things-you-didnt-know-or-forgot-about-the-beijing-olympics-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-triple-axels/?sh=4decc26f7a75

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