The mixed team event was held for the second time at the Olympics after its 2018 début when Switzerland won. Since then, there had been two World Championships, with Switzerland winning the mixed team title in 2019 and Norway in 2021. The reigning Norwegian world champions from Cortina d’Ampezzo in 2021 were Thea Stjernesund, Kristina Riis-Johannessen, Sebastian Foss Solevåg, Fabian Wilkens Solheim, and reserve Kristin Lysdahl. In the World Cup, the team event is held just once every season, at the finals, and counts only for the Nations Cup. The last winner from Lenzerheide in March 2021 was again Norway (with Lysdahl, Riis-Johannessen, Foss Solevåg, and Nestvold-Haugen), while Switzerland won in 2019 and Sweden in 2018. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the 2021/22 ongoing World Cup, one individual parallel event was held at an early stage of the season in November 2021. These events are contested in a format similar to the team event, and have been won by Christian Hirschbühl and Andreja Slokar. For both it was their first ever and only World Cup win going into the Beijing Olympics.
The top 15 nations in the Nations Cup standings just before the Beijing Games qualified for this event with China, who had never won a World Cup point in history, being added as host. As Croatia in 12th and Great Britain in 14th withdrew and, of the other nations, only ROC decided to start, only 15 nations took part. This led to a first-round bye for Austria, who were Nations Cup leaders at the time. The first round saw a clear win for Switzerland over China and two close matches followed when Slovenia and Norway won only by total time elapsed. After the first round it was apparent that the blue course was faster than the red one, which meant that the skier on the red course was unable to win without a serious mistake of their rival on blue.
The most exciting of the quarter-finals was seen when Norway won on accumulated time over France by only 0.02 seconds. Austria won its semi-final by total time elapsed, while Germany won 3-1 after Paula Moltzan (blue course) and Emma Aicher (red course) both did not finish their run, but Aicher stayed on course a bit longer than Moltzan to win the point. Both the final and third place match were also decided on time only as both ended 2-2 with Austria winning gold, Germany silver, and Norway bronze.
The best run times had both been set on the blue course, by Andreja Slokar (24.07) and Trevor Philp (23.53), while the best times on the red course had been 24.51 by Tessa Worley and 23.85 by Žan Kranjec. The times of Slokar, Philp, and Kranjec were all achieved in the very first match of the first round when they faced each other.
Johannes Strolz of Austria’s gold medal-winning team did not score any points for his country, as he always skied on the red course, but he did become the only Alpine skier at these Games to win two gold medals after earlier winning gold in the Alpine Combined. His teammate Katharina Liensberger, who won a slalom silver medal, became the most successful female Alpine skier at the Beijing Games. Finishing in fourth position with team USA, Mikaela Shiffrin again did not win a medal and she had to leave Beijing without a medal while Germany won its first Alpine skiing medal of the Games, in the very last event.