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Susan O'Rourke | January 10, 2022

As we approach the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, many educators and students are looking forward to watching athletes from around the globe compete. UNC World View recognizes that this international event provides an excellent opportunity for educators to incorporate globally-focused lessons across disciplines. The resources below offer insight into a variety of topics that can be discussed in your classroom, from the history of the games to the biology and physics behind athletic performance. The New York Times guide to Teaching the Winter Olympics Across the Curriculum also recommends the following avenues for discussion:

  • Sports Writing (studying form, language)
  • Global Politics
  • Design and Fashion (including history, nationalism)
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Argument Writing and Discussion

For advanced discussions of and writing assignments on the Olympics and Paralympics, consider the following selected prompts from Dr. Stephen P. Andon of FIU:

  • How is [the host nation’s] culture represented during the Olympics? What kinds of associations or themes are prevalent in the way… media covers the Olympics?
  • How is the impact on the environment calculated and discussed during the coverage of the Olympic Games?
  • What sports fill the most airtime in the media coverage of the Olympics? Which sports are left out? Why? Are certain sports more prevalent on certain networks or at certain times? Certain countries?
  • How is the activity of protest and social activism treated by both the Olympics generally, in addition to the traditional broadcast and social media coverage of the Olympics?
  • How are identities – national, racial, class, gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality – demonstrated, described, and performed?


We hope you’ll join us in cheering on the athletes and supporting students’ intellectual growth as we watch and study the Olympics and Paralympics!



Introduction to the Olympics and Paralympics

2022 Beijing Mascots and Torches

Arts and Culture at the Olympics and Paralympics

STEM and the Winter Olympics

Videos Introducing Paralympic Sports

  • Sitting Volleyball (I’mPossible: The Official Education Program of the Paralympic Movement)
  • Goalball (I’mPossible: The Official Education Program of the Paralympic Movement)

Additional Academic Resources