Speed skating live stream: how to watch Beijing 2022 online for free, 1000m and Mass Start medals, can Bowe claim gold?

ROC athlete Anastasia Grigoryeva attends a training session at the Beijing National Speed Skating Oval
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American Brittany Bowe will be looking to win her country its first speed skating medal in 20 years when she hits Beijing's Ice Ribbon at the 2022 Winter Olympics, on in the first few hours of Thursday for viewers in the States. The women's 1000m speed skating comes a day before the men's 1000m. Saturday sees the excitement of the mass start event for both categories. Make sure you know how to watch a speed skating live stream wherever you are.

Beijing 2022 speed skating schedule

Women's speed skating:  Feb 5, 7, 10, 13, 17

Men's speed skating: Feb 6, 8, 11, 12, 18

Team Pursuit: Feb 12, 13, 15

Mass Start: Feb 19

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Winter Olympics speed skating races vary in length from 500m to a whopping 10km. Cross the finish line first, and the gold medal is yours but so razor thin are the margins and so high-speed the skating, that the sport is always one to capture people's interest. Also known as “The Ice Ribbon,” the National Speed Skating Oval is the home of speed skating at Beijing 2022.

From the Netherlands, Sven Kramer is one to watch out for. This superstar skater is the first athlete ever to win four consecutive World All-round Championships which currently sit alongside his nine, yes, nine Olympic medals. But even Kramer's accomplishments pale next to those of fellow Dutch skater Ireen Wüst who is the most decorated active Winter Olympian with her 11 ribboned gongs.

The Winter Olympics speed skating takes place February 5–19. Below you'll find all the information on how to watch a speed skating live stream from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, wherever you are in the world.

Beijing 2022 speed skating: dates and times

February 5

Women’s 3000m, Medals: 8:30am GMT, 3:30am ET, 12:30am PT

February 6

Men’s 3000m, Medals: 8:30am GMT, 3:30am ET, 12:30am PT

February 7

Women’s 1500m, Medals: 8:30am GMT, 3:30am ET, 12:30am PT

Watch a speed skating live stream with a VPN

There are so many events going on at the Winter Olympics that not every country's TV and streaming coverage shows every discipline. If you can't get the speed skating where you are, then you can use a VPN to tune into a live stream from another country – something you might need to do if travelling abroad.

By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home in the same country as the streaming service that you're trying to access. That way you can enjoy your home coverage without having to find an illegal stream - assuming you comply with the broadcaster's fine print, of course.

Use a VPN to watch the speed skating from anywhere

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How to use a VPN

Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location', eg: select 'US' for Peacock, or 'UK' for BBC, 'Australia' for 7Plus or 'Canada' for CBC. 

3. Go to the broadcaster's live stream - so that might be 7Plus, CBC, BBC iPlayer or Peacock TV.

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Speed skating live stream: how to watch Beijing 2022 online in the UK

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As ever, the BBC is providing FREE coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics. The BBC won't have all the action of every sport but, with a handful of Team GB athletes involved in the speed skating, expect some online and televised coverage.

Discovery+ is your best option for the most comprehensive Winter Olympics coverage, with a subscription costing £6.99 per month or £59.99 per year after a 7-day FREE trial. (Current Eurosport Player subscribers will get the same access ahead of their Discovery+ migration. There is also some TV coverage on Eurosport 1 and 2)

Not in the UK during the Winter Olympics? No worries - residents of the country can just download and install a VPN to port themselves back home to a UK location, then watch live as usual.

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USA speed skating live stream: watch every Beijing 2022 event on Peacock

NBC website

NBC has the rights to show the Winter Olympics this year, with 200 hours' worth on its linear channel on cable and online at NBC website.

That means you're not guaranteed that it will show all of the speed skating. To ensure you don't miss a thing, you'll need to get its streaming service Peacock TV.

It's showing every single second of every single sport this year. It costs $4.99 a month for an ad-supported version of the service that offers coverage not only of Beijing 2022, but also a host of EPL soccer games, the Super Bowl, every big WWE event, plus plenty more live sports. 

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If you're abroad right now, you can still tune in just like you would at home with the help of a good VPN. Or consult our guide to the best Peacock VPN options for more details.

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Speed skating live stream: how to watch Beijing 2022 online in Canada

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CBC is providing comprehensive coverage of the Winter Olympics in Canada, which will very likely include the speed skating.

That's great because coverage on CBC is available absolutely FREE on its website and apps.

CBC also offers a premium (ad-free) subscription to the channel's standalone streaming service, CBC Gem. There's currently a 1-month FREE trial. After that, a subscription costs CA$4.99 per month.

And don't forget that using a VPN is the way to get your regular Winter Olympics live stream if you're away from Canada during the event.

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Speed skating live stream: how to watch Beijing 2022 online in Australia

Channel 7

Aussie sports fans can watch the Winter Olympics for FREE Down Under, thanks to Channel 7.

And if you’d like to stream the action from Beijing online instead, Channel 7's coverage is also available to watch via the network’s 7Plusstreaming service.

Australian's get a huge choice of live events thanks to on-demand access on 7Plus which will very likely include the speed skating. A fantastic win for Aussie viewers!

Not in Australia? Use a VPN if you're away from home, in order to tap into your usual Winter Olympics coverage.

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Watch the speed skating: live stream Beijing 2022 in New Zealand

Sky Sport

Winter Olympics coverage in New Zealand comes courtesy of Sky Sport, which is available as part of a range of pay TV packages.

Subscribers can watch online using the country's Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform - where a weekly pass costs $19.99 and a monthly pass costs $39.99 after a 7-day free trial.

Anyone in New Zealand from abroad or vice-versa can use the VPN route outlined earlier to access their preferred coverage just like they would at home.

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics schedule and events

  • Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony - February 4
  • Alpine Skiing - February 6-19
  • Bobsleigh - February 13-20
  • Biathlon - February 5-19
  • Cross-Country Skiing - February 5-20
  • Curling - February 2-20
  • Freestyle Skiing - February 3-19
  • Figure Skating - February 4-20
  • Ice Hockey - February 3-20
  • Luge - February 5-10
  • Nordic Combined - February 9-17
  • Snowboarding - February 5-15
  • Ski Jumping - February 5-14
  • Skeleton - February 10-12
  • Speed Skating - February 5-19
  • Short Track Speed Skating - February 5-16
  • Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony - February 20