2018 Winter Olympics Betting Preview: Back Canada to top the Medals Table again

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics of 2018 will consist of no less than 102 events in seven sports encompassing 15 different disciplines.
At 7/4 a £10 bet would return £27.5

 

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics of 2018 will consist of no less than 102 events in seven sports encompassing 15 different disciplines.

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Traditionally the host nation does extremely well in the medals table.  In 2014 Russia claimed 33 medals in total of which 13 were gold. It meant they topped both the gold medal and overall medal tables.  Of course there have been almost four years of allegations and disqualifications and now, officially, Russia own just nine 2014 Olympic gold medals.

Punters that placed bets on Russia will have been paid out albeit the adjusted history books will forever show Norway as the leading country with 11 golds and five silvers followed by Canada with ten golds and ten silvers.

In 2010 the host nation, Canada, topped the table with 14 gold medals.  That put them four clear of second place finishers Germany who claimed ten. But the German’s were top dogs in 2006 winning both more golds and more silvers than any of their rivals.

This time around Norway are odds-on favourites to top the medal table (3/4 with Unibet) but an odds-on shot in any field means there’s betting value elsewhere. 

South Korea, despite home advantage, can easily be written off.  Seven of their eight medals in 2014 came in speed skating and they are very one dimensional.

The same goes for the Netherlands. They may have claimed an impressive eight golds, seven silvers and nine bronze medals in Sochi but every one of them came in speed skating.  Even at odds of 20/1 they represent no value.

But Canada do have a fine spread of athletes and claimed medals in almost every sport in 2014 – Luge, Speed Skating, Snowboarding, Ice Hockey, Curling and more – and can make this spread count this time around. Predicting five golds in Freestyle Skiing, they can easily trouble the favourites and are worth a wager at Unibet’s 23/2.

The Good Things

There are a number of so called ‘good things’ in a number of the better known sports / disciplines.  America’s Mikaela Shiffrin’s 1/4 quote about her in the skiing Slalom is fully justified and you will do well to find the same price about Marcel Hirscher in the Men’s Slalom (or Giant Slalom). 

You can find 7/4 odds about Kamil Stoch in the Large Hill ski jumping and that looks a great price about this proverbial penalty-kick.  The Pole won two ski jumping golds in Sochi and this season he won all four events which make up the ‘Four Hills’ tournament.  That has only been done once before in the tournament’s history and that dates back to 1953.

Duel

The biggest duel of the games is likely to feature France’s Martin Fourcade (two golds and a silver in the 2014 Olympics) and the 24-year-old Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bø.  These two are currently a cut above the pack in Biathlon and have enjoyed some great battles this season.  

Potentially they can meet six times in Pyeongchang: 10k Sprint, 12.5k Pursuit, 15k Mass Start, 20k Individual, 4 x 7.5km Relay and Mixed Relay.  The first of these is the 10k Sprint and we strongly fancy the man with the younger legs in this one.

British Hopes

Elsewhere its marginal odds-on that Great Britain will match their 2014 achievement of returning home with a Gold medal.

Elise Christie would be our main hope in one of the Short Track Speed Skating races but the highest profile results would be a podium finish for Slalom Skier Dave Ryding.

The 31-year-old Brit has made a number of top10’s this season and took a silver medal in a World Cup event in Kitzbuhel 12 months ago.  Ladbrokes are gong 13/2 about him winning a medal in the Olympic Slalom due to take place on Valentines Day.

23/2 for Canada to win Most Gold Medals

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