For over two weeks, athletes from around the world will compete in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Like any other sporting event, many fans will place bets on the events.
Bovada.lv has compiled a list of betting odds for all the events at the Games. Below are betting odds for the favorites in some of the more popular sports.
Several men’s hockey teams are considered to have a chance at winning the gold. Canada leads the way at 2/1, and Russia is right behind them at 12/5. Sweden’s odds (4/1) have them with a good chance of winning the bronze. USA hasn’t won the gold in 34 years, but at 6/1 they are far from a longshot.
For the women, it will be a major upset if the gold medal round doesn’t come down to Canada against the United States. They have 5/1 and 20/1 odds, respectively. The country with the next best chance is Finland at 20/1.
Emile Hegle Svendsen (Norway) and Martin Fourcade (France) are expected to dominate the individual events. They both have 5/2 odds in three Biathlon events, and 9/2 odds in the 10km sprint. Famed American Bode Miller has the second-best odds for the men’s giant slalom and downhill runs. Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal is the favorite in both events.
The host country is expected to come close to medaling in curling. Russia has the worst odds of the 10 competing nations at 80/1. The USA isn’t far behind, tied with Germany at 50/1. Canada (8/13), Sweden (9/2) and Great Britain (11/2) are expected to battle it out for the medals.
With 4/9 odds, Shaun White is the overwhelming favorite to take home the gold in the men’s halfpipe. Yuri Podladhikov (9/2) of Russia and American Danny Davis (7/1) are considered his biggest competition. With White out of the slopestyle event, Canada’s Maxence Parrot leads the way with 7/5 odds. He’s trailed by Roope Tonteri (11/2) of Finland.
Individual women’s figure skating should be competitive in Sochi. South Korea’s Yuna Kim set a record in 2010 for points when she won the gold medal, and she’s ready to do it again with 5/6 odds. Japanese star Mao Asada has a 9/4 chance of defeating her rival. Italy’s Carolina Kostner and Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia are considered outside contenders at 8/1.
Jamaica has made headlines by, once again, entering a bobsled team into the Olympics. However, they are longshots (50/1) to win a medal. The two-man team has 5/6 odds of finishing in the top 25.
Of all the countries competing at the Games, Norway and the USA are expected to have the most success. The United States (10/11) is the odds-on favorite to have the most total medals, while Norway (5/4) is expected to lead the way with the most golds. Germany comes in at third on list for the chance of most total medals (11/2) and most gold medals (15/2). They are followed by Russian and Canada.