We take a look at the betting odds on offer for the 2014 Winter Olympics and turn our focus to the medal counts. Who do we like to lead the way in overall medal count, and which country will likely bring home the most golds?
When it comes to betting the winter Olympics, most bettors
only focus on a few main categories: who’ll win the men’s hockey tournament,
who’ll win the overall medal count and who’ll take home the most gold. In this
article, we’ll take a look at the latter two and handicap who’ll finish best in
2014 Winter Olympic Betting Cheat Sheet
The Americans are favored to win the medal count and
that’s not particularly surprising. They won the overall medal count in 2010,
besting second-place Germany.
It’s interesting that we see Norway on this list as they
are likely not a very good investment. They’re likely to contend for the most
golds (they had the most in2002) but within 10 of the top medal count in any of
the last three Olympics. This is a race that’s likely down to the United States
and Germany, with Canada maybe having an outside shot at taking it. As
confident as the Canadians have been – they’ve said many times they can
challenge for the top spot – it’s unlikely that they do it in Sochi. They’re
coming off a record-setting performance in Vancouver and I wouldn’t be
surprised if they had a bit of a letdown.
I think Germany is the best bet here. The time difference
(nine hours from the Eastern Time Zone) is going to have a huge effect on these
Games and the Germans will be less affected than the Americans. On top of that,
you get some sports betting value with Germany even though they’ve won the overall medal count
in three of the last four Olympics.
Odds To Win Most
South Korea 100/1
Pick: Germany 11/2
This is a category that’s a little bit tougher to
predict. In the last five Olympics, there has been four different winners in
this category (Canada, Germany twice, Russia and Norway). Oddly enough, Team
USA hasn’t won the gold medal count in a Winter Olympics since 1932, so they
may not be the best investment here.
Canada won the most golds in 2010, taking home 14 in a
fiery performance in front of their home fans. As mentioned above, I don’t
think they can recreate that. Norway is a Winter Olympics powerhouse and with
an expansion of events, they’ve become a huge betting odds favorite. They’ve actually been
bet down in the last couple of weeks and I’ll follow the smart money there.
When you look at the expanded events, it figures to benefit them quite a bit as
a number of the categories are ski and snowboard related. They dominate in that
realm and that should boost their gold medal count. I expect them to be the
gold standard in Sochi.
Odds To Win Most
South Korea 50/1