The Winter Olympics start Friday

The 2022 Olympics kick off Friday in Beijing,

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

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).

NBC says it will televise nearly 200 hours of live coverage, including 18 nights in primetime (starting at 8 p.m. ET)

The closing ceremony is set for Feb. 20. And, before you know it, it'll be time for the Winter Paralympics to kick off on March 4.

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.