The Winter Olympics start Friday

Here's how to follow along

The 2022 Olympics kick off Friday in Beijing, promising top-tier athletics and plenty of national pride, despite the ongoing pandemic and diplomatic tensions.

Some of us armchair athletes may still feel like we're in recovery mode from the last

Olympics, since the Tokyo Games just took place over the summer. But the Winter

Olympics beckon, with hundreds of world-renowned competitors participating in a

record 109 sporting events (including seven new ones) over the course of more than two weeks.

It all officially starts with Friday's opening ceremony, which will take place beginning at 7

a.m. ET at Beijing's National Stadium and include speeches, performances, artistic

spectacles and a lengthy-but-spirited parade featuring athletes from every participating country

So how exactly can you get in on the action?

NBCUniversal, which has a lock on Olympics coverage, will be broadcasting the opening ceremony on NBC and Peacock beginning at 6:30 a.m.

ET (keep in mind, Beijing is 13 hours ahead of ET).