With the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics drawing closer and numerous betting opportunities lying ahead, this look at the 2018 Winter Olympic Medal Count Winner Odds is right on time!
2018 Winter Olympic Medal Count Winner Odds & Picks
- Norway -140
- Germany +200
- USA +500
- Canada +1000
- Netherlands +2500
The 2018 Winter Olympic Medal Count Betting Favorite: Norway -140
Most Olympics observers are expecting Norway to win the most medals in 2018 after finishing second to Russia at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Norway won 26 overall medals to Russia’s 33 while finishing second in gold medals with 11 compared to Russia’s 1. Norway also finished second to the United State in bronze medals with 10 compared to America’s 12.
Aksel Lund Svindal looks like the favorite to win the gold in Alpine skiing and teammate Henrik Kristoffersen could medal as well. Tl Ole Einer Bjoerndalen and Emil Hegle Svendsen could also medal in the biathlon while a trio of stars will all have a good chance to do so in the cross-country skiing event. Norway’s men’s curling team is the prohibitive favorite and their mixed doubles team could medal. Oystein Braaten will have a chance in the men’s slopestyle and Norway basically has a bunch of world-class skiers.
The 2018 Winter Olympic Medal Count Winner Smart Pick: USA +500
Both Lindsey Vonn and Shiffrin can be found at or near the top of the odds lists of every single women’s Alpine Skiing event, courtesy of some solid form from both American stars recently. Vonn got a huge win in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in January and is closing in on Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup wins. Shiffrin won the gold medal in the slalom in 2014 and is the current overall World Cup champion. 18-year-old figure skater Nathan Cheng made history at the 2016 U.S. national championships. He became the first man in to land five quadruple jumps in one 4 ½-minute long program, international skating history.
17-year-old Chloe Kim is the first female to land back-to-back 1080s in a competition and sits at the top of world rankings. She’s the overwhelming favorite to win gold in the halfpipe event on February 13. Four years ago, the U.S. women hockey’s team was 55 seconds away from defeating Canada, who has won gold in every Olympic games since 1998. The U.S. and Canada are in a league of their own in ice hockey and will almost assuredly meet in the gold medal match on February 22nd. Last but not least 32-year-old Lindsey Jacobellis will seek the perfect ending, to her historically consistent career. In last year’s World Championships she won her fifth gold medal (2005, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017) in snowboardcross.
The 2018 Winter Olympic Medal Count Winner Longshot Bet: Canada +1000
Snowboarder Max Parrot has a shot at earning a gold medal in slopestyle and especially in big air, a new discipline in 2018. Mikael Kingsbury won silver at the Sochi Olympics in freestyle skiing, and he could go for gold in Pyeongchang.
The Canadian men’s ice hockey team is a favorite to win gold. In a year when no NHL players will compete in the Olympics, Team Canada players boast 5,544 games of combined NHL experience thanks to former NHLers and players who opted to sign with minor league teams in 2017-18.
To take home the most medals of any country in Pyeongchang, Canada would most likely have to earn between 38 and 40. That’s a tall order when are also expected to be medal powerhouses in 2018. The most medals Canada has won in any given Olympics is 26 in 2010 and they face an uphill battle against Norway Germany and the U.S., but they’ll have a chance to pull off their fair share of upsets!