Winter Olympic Schedule: How to watch every women’s event at Beijing 2022

2022 Winter Olympics: A complete schedule and streaming/TV guide for how to watch every Olympic women's and mixed gender event at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
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While the 2022 Winter Olympics will provide many competitors with the biggest test of their athletic careers, just watching the Olympics – with a 13-hour time difference between China and U.S. eastern time – presents a challenge of its own for viewers asking, “When and how do I watch my favorite Olympic event?”

If you’re a women’s sports fan, look no further. On Her Turf has compiled a complete schedule of every women’s and mixed gender event – qualifying and finals! – for the Beijing Winter Games.

The U.S. and Canadian hockey teams in group play? Check. The women’s figure skating competition? We’ve got you. Every curling round robin session? Yes, and there are a lot of them!

A few notes about On Her Turf’s schedule / TV guide for the Beijing Winter Games:

  • While the columns include both Beijing time and U.S. eastern time, the day delineations by row occur at 12am eastern time.
  • Gold medal events are identified in bold.

Olympic Schedule for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games: How to watch every women’s and mixed gender event

OLYMPIC EVENTS TO WATCH TODAY: Sunday, February 13, 2022

Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Women’s Round Robin #6 2/13/22 1:05 AM 2/13/22 2:05 PM
Biathlon Women’s 10km Pursuit 2/13/22 4:00 AM 2/13/22 5:00 PM
Short Track Women’s Relay (Final) 2/13/22 6:00 AM 2/13/22 7:00 PM
Speed Skating Women’s 500m 2/13/22 8:00 AM 2/13/22 9:00 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #7
  • CHN vs. JPN
  • CAN vs. ROC
  • USA vs. KOR
2/13/22 8:05 PM 2/14/22 9:05 AM
Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance 2/13/22 8:15 PM 2/14/22 9:15 AM
Bobsled Women’s Monobob (Runs 3 & 4) 2/13/22 8:30 PM 2/14/22 9:30 AM
Snowboarding Women’s Big Air (Qualification) 2/13/22 8:30 PM 2/14/22 9:30 AM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualifying (rescheduled) 2/13/22 9:00 PM 2/14/22 10:00 AM
Hockey Women’s Semifinal #1 2/13/22 11:10 PM 2/14/22 12:10 PM

Monday, February 14, 2022

Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Aerials (Qualifying) 2/14/22 2:00 AM 2/14/22 3:00 PM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Aerials (Final) 2/14/22 6:00 AM 2/14/22 7:00 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #8
  • SUI vs. SWE
  • GBR vs. CAN
  • JPN vs. KOR
  • DEN vs. ROC
2/14/22 7:05 AM 2/14/22 8:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Semifinal #2 2/14/22 8:10 AM 2/14/22 9:10 PM
Snowboarding Women’s Big Air (Final) 2/14/22 8:30 PM 2/15/22 9:30 AM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Freeski Slopestyle (Final) 2/14/22 8:30 PM 2/15/22 9:30 AM
Alpine Skiing Women’s Downhill 2/14/22 10:00 PM 2/15/22 11:00 AM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Women’s Round Robin #9
  • CHN vs. ROC
  • SWE vs. DEN
  • USA vs. SUI
  • GBR vs. JPN
2/15/22 1:05 AM 2/15/22 2:05 PM
Speed Skating Women’s Team Pursuit (Semifinals, Final) 2/15/22 1:30 AM 2/15/22 2:30 PM
Figure Skating Women’s Short Program 2/15/22 5:00 AM 2/15/22 6:00 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #10
  • CAN vs. USA
  • SUI vs. KOR
  • CHN vs. GBR
2/15/22 8:05 PM 2/16/22 9:05 AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Biathlon Women’s 4x6km Relay 2/16/22 2:45 AM 2/16/22 3:45 PM
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s Team Sprint Classic (Semifinals & Final) 2/16/22 4:00 AM 2/16/22 5:00 PM
Hockey Women’s Bronze Medal Game 2/16/22 6:30 AM 2/16/22 7:30 PM
Short Track Women’s 1500m (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Final) 2/16/22 6:30 AM 2/16/22 7:30 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #11
  • KOR vs. DEN
  • JPN vs. USA
  • ROC vs. SWE
  • CAN vs. CHN
2/16/22 7:05 AM 2/16/22 8:05 PM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Freeski Halfpipe (Qualifying) 2/16/22 8:30 PM 2/17/22 9:30 AM
Alpine Skiing Women’s Combined (Downhill Race) 2/16/22 9:30 PM 2/17/22 10:30 AM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Ski Cross (Qualifying) 2/16/22 10:30 PM 2/17/22 11:30 AM
Hockey Women’s Gold Medal Game 2/16/22 11:10 PM 2/17/22 12:10 PM
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Alpine Skiing Women’s Combined (Slalom Race) 2/17/22 1:00 AM 2/17/22 2:00 PM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Ski Cross (Final) 2/17/22 1:00 AM 2/17/22 2:00 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #12
  • JPN vs. SUI
  • ROC vs. GBR
  • DEN vs. CAN
  • KOR vs. SWE
2/17/22 1:05 AM 2/17/22 2:05 PM
Speed Skating Women’s 1000m 2/17/22 3:30 AM 2/17/22 4:30 PM
Figure Skating Women’s Free Skate 2/17/22 5:00 AM 2/17/22 6:00 PM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Freeski Halfpipe (Final) 2/17/22 8:30 PM 2/18/22 9:30 AM
Friday, February 18, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Figure Skating Pairs’ Short Program 2/18/22 5:30 AM 2/18/22 6:30 PM
Bobsled Two-Women (Runs 1 & 2) 2/18/22 7:00 AM 2/18/22 8:00 PM
Curling Women’s Semifinal #1 2/18/22 7:05 AM 2/18/22 8:05 PM
Curling Women’s Semifinal #2 2/18/22 7:05 AM 2/18/22 8:05 PM
Alpine Skiing Team Event 2/18/22 10:00 PM 2/19/22 11:00 AM
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Speed Skating Women’s Mass Start 2/19/22 2:00 AM 2/19/22 3:00 PM
Biathlon Women’s 12.5km Mass Start 2/19/22 4:00 AM 2/19/22 5:00 PM
Figure Skating Pairs’ Free Skate 2/19/22 6:00 AM 2/19/22 7:00 PM
Bobsled Two-Women (Runs 3 & 4) 2/19/22 7:00 AM 2/19/22 8:00 PM
Curling Women’s Bronze Medal 2/19/22 7:05 AM 2/19/22 8:05 PM
Curling Women’s Gold Medal 2/19/22 8:05 PM 2/20/22 9:05 AM
Figure Skating Gala Exhibition 2/19/22 11:00 PM 2/20/22 12:00 PM
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 30km Mass Start Freestyle 2/20/22 2:00 AM 2/20/22 3:00 PM
Closing Ceremony 2/20/22 7:00 AM 2/20/22 8:00 PM

How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics

For viewers in the United States, you have some options:

  • Peacock will be the streaming home of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Live streaming coverage and full replays of every event will be available on Peacock’s premium tier. Click here to watch.
  • You can also stream events via NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
  • Many events will also air on NBC, USA Network, and CNBC. Preliminary TV listings can be found here.

At the Winter Olympics, event dates/times are always subject to change – a known side effect of playing sports on snow and ice. The most up-to-date schedule with TV and streaming info can be found here.

This post will also be updated throughout the Games – so bookmark it now and keep checking back for updates.

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2022 Winter Olympics: Completed Events

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #1
  • SWE vs. GBR
  • AUS vs. USA
  • NOR vs. CZE
  • CHN vs. SUI
2/2/22 7:05 AM 2/2/22 8:05 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #2
  • AUS vs. CHN
  • SWE vs. CZE
  • USA vs. ITA
  • GBR vs. CAN
2/2/22 8:05 PM 2/3/22 9:05 AM
Hockey Women’s Group B (CHN vs CZE) 2/2/22 11:10 PM 2/3/22 12:10 PM
Hockey Women’s Group A (SUI vs CAN) 2/2/22 11:10 PM 2/3/22 12:10 PM
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #3
  • ITA vs. SUI
  • USA vs. NOR
2/3/22 1:05 AM 2/3/22 2:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (JPN vs SWE) 2/3/22 3:40 AM 2/3/22 4:40 PM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Moguls (Qualifying #1) 2/3/22 5:00 AM 2/3/22 6:00 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #4
  • NOR vs. CAN
  • SUI vs. GBR
  • CHN vs. SWE
  • CZE vs. AUS
2/3/22 7:05 AM 2/3/22 8:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Group A (FIN vs USA) 2/3/22 8:10 AM 2/3/22 9:10 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #5
  • SWE vs. AUS
  • CAN vs. SUI
  • ITA vs. NOR
2/3/33 7:35 PM 2/4/22 8:35 AM
Figure Skating Team Event
  • Men’s Short Program
  • Ice Dance Rhythm Dance
  • Pairs’ Short Program
2/3/22 8:55 PM 2/4/22 9:55 AM
Hockey Women’s Group A (ROC vs SUI) 2/3/22 11:10 PM 2/4/22 12:10 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (DEN vs CHN) 2/3/22 11:10 PM 2/4/22 12:10 PM
Friday, February 4, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #6
  • CZE vs. ITA
  • CHN vs. CAN
  • GBR vs. AUS
  • SWE vs. USA
2/4/22 12:35 AM 2/4/22 1:35 PM
Opening Ceremony 2/4/22 6:55 AM 2/4/22 7:55 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #7
  • AUS vs. NOR
  • SUI vs. SWE
2/4/22 8:05 PM 2/5/22 9:05 AM
Snowboarding Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle (Qualification) 2/4/22 9:45 PM 2/5/22 10:45 AM
Hockey Women’s Group A (CAN vs FIN) 2/4/22 11:10 PM 2/5/22 12:10 PM

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #8
  • CHN vs. USA
  • CZE vs. GBR
  • SWE vs. CAN
  • AUS vs. ITA
2/5/22 1:05 AM 2/5/22 2:05 PM
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s Skiathlon 2/5/22 2:45 AM 2/5/22 3:45 PM
Speed Skating Women’s 3000m 2/5/22 3:30 AM 2/5/22 4:30 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (CZE vs SWE) 2/5/22 3:40 AM 2/5/22 4:40 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (DEN vs JPN) 2/5/22 3:40 AM 2/5/22 4:40 PM
Biathlon Mixed Relay 2/5/22 4:00 AM 2/5/22 5:00 PM
Ski Jumping Women’s Individual Normal Hill (First Round and Final) 2/5/22 5:45 AM 2/5/22 6:45 PM
Short Track Women’s 500m (Heats)

Mixed Relay (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Final)

2/5/22 6:00 AM 2/5/22 7:00 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #9
  • GBR vs. ITA
  • NOR vs. CHN
  • CZE vs. SUI
  • USA vs. CAN
2/5/22 7:05 AM 2/5/22 8:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Group A (USA vs ROC) 2/5/22 8:10 AM 2/5/22 9:10 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #10
  • USA vs. CZE
  • GBR vs. CHN
2/5/22 8:05 PM 2/6/22 9:05 AM
Figure Skating Team Event 2/5/22 8:30 PM 2/6/22 9:30 AM
Snowboarding Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle (Final) 2/5/22 8:30 PM 2/6/22 9:30 AM

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #11
  • NOR vs. SWE
  • AUS vs. SUI
  • ITA vs. CHN
  • CAN vs. CZE
2/6/22 1:05 AM 2/6/22 2:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (CHN vs JPN) 2/6/22 3:40 AM 2/6/22 4:40 PM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Moguls (Qualifying #2) 2/6/22 5:00 AM 2/6/22 6:00 PM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Moguls (Final) 2/6/22 6:30 AM 2/6/22 7:30 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #12
  • CAN vs. AUS
  • ITA vs. SWE
  • SUI vs. USA
  • NOR vs. GBR
2/6/22 7:05 AM 2/6/22 8:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Group A (SUI vs USA) 2/6/22 8:10 AM 2/6/22 9:10 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin #13
  • SUI vs. NOR
  • CAN vs. ITA
  • USA vs. GBR
  • CZE vs. CHN
2/6/22 8:05 PM 2/7/22 9:05 AM
Figure Skating Team Event 2/6/22 8:15 PM 2/7/22 9:15 AM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Freeski Big Air (Qualifying) 2/6/22 8:30 PM 2/7/22 9:30 AM
Alpine Skiing Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) 2/6/22 8:30 PM 2/7/22 9:30 AM
Hockey Women’s Group A (CAN vs ROC) 2/6/22 11:10 PM 2/7/22 12:10 PM

Monday, February 7, 2022

Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Alpine Skiing Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) 2/7/22 1:30 AM 2/7/22 2:30 PM
Speed Skating Women’s 1500m 2/7/22 3:30 AM 2/7/22 4:30 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (CZE vs DEN) 2/7/22 3:40 AM 2/7/22 4:40 PM
Biathlon Women’s 15km Individual 2/7/22 4:00 AM 2/7/22 5:00 PM
Short Track Women’s 500m (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Final) 2/7/22 6:30 AM 2/7/22 7:30 PM
Ski Jumping Mixed Team Normal Hill (First Round and Final) 2/7/22 6:45 AM 2/7/22 7:45 PM
Luge Women’s Luge (Runs 1 & 2) 2/7/22 6:50 AM 2/7/22 7:50 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Semifinal #1 2/7/22 7:05 AM 2/7/22 8:05 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Semifinal #2 2/7/22 7:05 AM 2/7/22 8:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Group A (FIN vs SUI) 2/7/22 8:10 AM 2/7/22 9:10 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (SWE vs CHN) 2/7/22 8:10 AM 2/7/22 9:10 PM
Freestyle Skiing Women’s Freeski Big Air (Final) 2/7/22 9:00 PM 2/8/22 10:00 AM
Snowboarding Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom (Qualification) 2/7/22 9:40 PM 2/8/22 10:40 AM
Hockey Women’s Group A (USA vs CAN) 2/7/22 11:10 PM 2/8/22 12:10 PM
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal 2/8/22 1:05 AM 2/8/22 2:05 PM
Snowboarding Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom (QFs, Semis, Final) 2/8/22 1:30 AM 2/8/22 2:30 PM
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s Individual Sprint Freestyle (Qualification) 2/8/22 3:00 AM 2/8/22 4:00 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (JPN vs CZE) 2/8/22 3:40 AM 2/8/22 4:40 PM
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s Individual Sprint Freestyle (QFs, Semis, Final) 2/8/22 5:30 AM 2/8/22 6:30 PM
Luge Women’s Luge (Runs 3 & 4) 2/8/22 6:50 AM 2/8/22 7:50 PM
Curling Mixed Doubles Gold Medal 2/8/22 7:05 AM 2/8/22 8:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Group A (ROC vs FIN) 2/8/22 8:10 AM 2/8/22 9:10 PM
Hockey Women’s Group B (SWE vs DEN) 2/8/22 8:10 AM 2/8/22 9:10 PM
Snowboarding Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe (Qualification) 2/8/22 8:30 PM 2/9/22 9:30 AM
Alpine Skiing Women’s Slalom (Run 1) 2/8/22 9:15 PM 2/9/22 10:15 AM
Snowboarding Women’s Snowboard Cross (Qualification) 2/8/22 10:00 PM 2/9/22 11:00 AM

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Alpine Skiing Women’s Slalom (Run 2) 2/9/22 12:45 AM 2/9/22 1:45 PM
Snowboarding Women’s Snowboard Cross (QFs, Semifinals, Final) 2/9/22 1:30 AM 2/9/22 2:30 PM
Short Track Women’s 1000m (Heats), Women’s Relay (Semifinals) 2/9/22 6:00 AM 2/9/22 7:00 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #1
  • GBR vs. SUI
  • DEN vs. CHN
  • SWE vs. JPN
  • ROC vs. USA
2/9/22 8:05 PM 2/10/22 9:05 AM
Snowboarding Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe (Final) 2/9/22 8:30 PM 2/10/22 9:30 AM
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 10km Classic 2/10/22 2:00 AM 2/10/22 3:00 PM
Freestyle Skiing Mixed Team Aerials 2/10/22 6:00 AM 2/10/22 7:00 PM
Speed Skating Women’s 5000m 2/10/22 7:00 AM 2/10/22 8:00 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #2
  • CAN vs. KOR
  • SWE vs. GBR
  • USA vs. DEN
  • CHN vs. SUI
2/10/22 7:05 AM 2/10/22 8:05 PM
Luge Team Relay 2/10/22 8:30 AM 2/10/22 9:30 PM
Skeleton Women’s Skeleton (Runs 1 & 2) 2/10/22 8:30 PM 2/11/22 9:30 AM
Alpine Skiing Women’s Super-G 2/10/22 10:00 PM 2/11/22 11:00 AM
Hockey Women’s Quarterfinal #1: USA vs. CZE 2/10/22 11:10 PM 2/11/22 12:10 PM

Friday, February 11, 2022

Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Curling Women’s Round Robin #3 2/11/22 1:05 AM 2/11/22 2:05 PM
Hockey Women’s Quarterfinal #2: CAN vs. SWE 2/11/22 8:10 AM 2/11/22 9:10 PM
Biathlon Women’s 7.5km Sprint 2/11/22 4:00 AM 2/11/22 5:00 PM
Short Track Women’s 1000m (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Final) 2/11/22 6:00 AM 2/11/22 7:00 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #4
  • SWE vs. CAN
  • KOR vs. ROC
  • JPN vs. DEN
2/11/22 8:05 PM 2/12/22 9:05 AM
Snowboarding Mixed Team Snowboard Cross (QFs, Semifinals, Final) 2/11/22 9:00 PM 2/12/22 10:00 AM
Hockey Women’s Quarterfinal #3: ROC vs. SUI 2/11/22 11:10 PM 2/12/22 12:10 PM
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Sport Event Date / Start Time (U.S. EST) Date / Start Time (China)
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 4x5km Relay 2/12/22 2:30 AM 2/12/22 3:30 PM
Speed Skating Women’s Team Pursuit (Quarterfinals) 2/12/22 3:00 AM 2/12/22 4:00 PM
Hockey Women’s Quarterfinal #4: FIN vs. JPN 2/12/22 3:40 AM 2/12/22 4:40 PM
Figure Skating Ice Dance Rhythm Dance 2/12/22 6:00 AM 2/12/22 7:00 PM
Curling Women’s Round Robin #5
  • ROC vs. JPN
  • DEN vs. SUI
  • GBR vs. USA
  • SWE vs. CHN
2/12/22 7:05 AM 2/12/22 8:05 PM
Skeleton Women’s Skeleton (Runs 3 & 4) 2/12/22 7:20 AM 2/12/22 8:20 PM
Bobsled Women’s Monobob (Runs 1 & 2) 2/12/22 8:30 PM 2/13/22 9:30 AM

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Crystal Dunn returns to USWNT roster five months after giving birth

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Crystal Dunn was named to the USWNT roster for two upcoming friendlies against England and Spain, marking her first official selection since giving birth to son Marcel in May.

Dunn made her NWSL return with the Portland Thorns earlier this month and also trained with the U.S. team as a non-rostered player ahead of friendlies vs. Nigeria.

In addition to Dunn, the 24-player roster features a veteran core of Alyssa Naeher, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, and Megan Rapinoe.

Alex Morgan was not named to the USWNT roster due to a knee injury. While U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski did not provide details of the injury, he noted that “if this was a World Cup final, Alex was going to be on this trip and was going to play, no question.”

Other roster highlights include 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson, who becomes the first player born in 2004 to receive a USWNT call-up. Thomas, a high senior, plays club soccer for the U-17 Total Futbol Academy boys’ team.

“We are very excited for her, very excited about her potential and qualities and looking forward to seeing how she will turn out in our environment,” Andonovski said of Thompson. “This camp is not make it or break it. It’s a first experience for her, it’s just something that she shouldn’t even worry about.”

The USWNT also includes a handful of players who have made their USWNT breakthrough this season — thanks in part to both strong NWSL play and injuries to more veteran players. That list includes the likes of Naomi Girma (7 caps), Taylor Kornieck (5 caps), Hailie Mace (5 caps), Sam Coffey (1 cap), and Savannah DeMelo (0 caps).

Andonovski on Thursday called Coffey, a midfielder for the Portland Thorns, a candidate for NWSL MVP.


USWNT Roster for October 2022 Friendlies vs. England and Spain

Goalkeepers (3):

  • Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit)
  • Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage)
  • Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders(7):

  • Alana Cook (OL Reign)
  • Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC)
  • Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC)
  • Sofia Huerta (OL Reign)
  • Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current)
  • Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders (8):

  • Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC)
  • Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA)
  • Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC)
  • Rose Lavelle (OL Reign)
  • Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC)
  • Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit)
  • Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards (6):

  • Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit)
  • Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars)
  • Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)
  • Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit)
  • Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy)

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Justine Wong-Orantes’ atypical path to becoming one of the best liberos in the world

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It’s been 20 years since the same nation held both the Olympic and world volleyball titles at the same time, but libero Justine Wong-Orantes is looking to help lead Team USA accomplish that very feat at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in the Netherlands and Poland. Competition began on Friday and the U.S. is currently 2-0 after group play wins against Kazakhstan and Canada.

“We’re trying to win, for sure,” Wong-Orantes told On Her Turf. “I think, especially with the new turn of the program and the new year of the quad, we just have a really nice blend of veterans and also newcomers on the team.”

The 14-woman roster for Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and won its first Olympic title last summer, features six players from that gold-medal-winning team. And while Wong-Orantes is among the 2021 U.S. Olympic team veterans, she’s still a relative newcomer to international play.

The Southern California native enjoyed a notable junior career – she was 12 when she became the youngest female to ever earn an AAA rating in beach volleyball – and was a standout collegian at Nebraska, where she was a member of the 2015 NCAA championship team. But Wong-Orantes followed a different path upon graduation, initially choosing not to go overseas to play professionally.

While she was first selected for the U.S. national team in 2016 and played a handful of international tournaments in the following years, it wasn’t until she started playing professionally in Germany in 2019 that she saw the potential to elevate her position on the roster. In particular, the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics gave her an additional year of overseas experience, which she calls “a blessing in disguise.”

“I just felt like I was still in that developmental stage,” she said. “And a whole year postponement allowed me to go overseas and really get all the touches, all the repetitions, and just kind of expose myself to international volleyball another year. So I was, in hindsight, pretty thankful for that COVID season because I got an extra year under my belt, and I think that just gave me a ton of confidence.”

Ahead of the Olympics, Wong-Orantes earned “best libero” honors at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball National League in Rimini, Italy, which helped secure her spot on the Olympic roster. In Tokyo, she followed up with another standout performance and was named best libero of the Olympic tournament.

As to how the Wong-Orantes transformed into one of the world’s top liberos, she points to her background as a beach volleyball player. She began competing at age 8, and her first partner was Sara Hughes, a star on the AVP Pro Tour who also won two NCAA titles with USC.

“I think having that background and just the court awareness that beach volleyball forces you to have allowed me to really have a good read on the game,” said Wong-Orantes. “I think that’s what makes a great libero is just reading and always being reactive towards the ball.”

Wong-Orantes also credits the assistance of mental coach Sue Enquist, a former UCLA softball coach and U.S. national team coach, who now helps teams work on their culture and relationships. Enquist began working with the U.S. volleyball team during the pandemic and has continued in her role ever since.

“We just worked on a lot of stuff within ourselves, within our program, how to communicate with each other off the court, and I think that honestly propelled us into such a high, high level with how we worked with each other, and then that transferred onto the court,” explained Wong-Orantes, who noted the team has Enquist on speed dial while at the World Championship. “I really commend Sue. I just really give a lot of praise to her because I think our culture was never bad, but I think [she] just transformed into a different level.”

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ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – Justine Wong-Orantes (far right) poses for a photo with her U.S. teammates after defeating Canada at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wong-Orantes said she and her U.S. teammates are on their toes for the world championships, which features twice as many teams (24) as the Olympics and a “more grueling” format.

“It’s going to be a long tournament, and I think we’re really going to need all 14 of us that are here. I’m pretty certain that, at any given moment, someone’s going to be called on and someone’s going to need to step up in big moments.”