Germany Odds Favorites to be nation to Win Medals Table, Norway Favorites to Win Most Golds
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games begin in Pyeongchang County, South Korea in a little more than a month, on February 9, and will run through February 26 and will see 102 events in 15 different sports contested, including, for the first time as Medals’ sports, Big Air Snowboarding, Mass Start Speed Skating, Mixed Team Alpine Skiing and Mixed Doubles Curling. Because of Insurance issues (of course)—the International Olympic Committee (IOC) didn’t want to set a precedent and insure professional athletes in a single sport, something the league was demanding despite not being insured in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi—the NHL is not providing a break in its 2017/2018 Regular Season to allow its players to participate in these Winter Olympic Games. The main venue for these Olympics will be Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. The 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, China, which beat out Almaty—the largest city (1.7 million) in Kazakhstan—by 4 votes at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 15 sports in which will Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be contested are: Alpine Skiing (11 medal events), Biathlon (11), Bobsleigh (3), Cross-Country Skiing (12), Curling (3), Figure Skating (5), Freestyle Skiing (10), Ice Hockey (2), Luge (4), Nordic Combined (3), Short Track Speed Skating (8), Skeleton (2), Ski Jumping (4), Snowboarding (10) and Speed Skating (14).
Here are your latest odds for the overall Medal Table winner and the (nation to win the) Most Golds in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games from Online sportsbook Bovada:
South Korea +5000
South Korea +2800
Over 8½ Gold Medals -110
Under 8½ Gold Medals -110
Over 10½ Gold Medals -130
Under 10½ Gold Medals Even
Germany, Norway, USA and Canada Are the Only Realistic Picks in Overall Medals Winner Book
It may be wise to wait for odds on some of the individual events, do your research and then cherry pick your spots, shopping for the best lines as numbers for different events can vary much from sportsbook to sportsbook on this unique thing that is the Olympics. If deciding to back one of the two Medals Futures offerings above, sticking with one of the heavier chalks is the only way to go with Germany (+225 to win Medals Table, Bovada), USA (+250 to win Medals Table, Bovada) and Norway (+150 to win Most Gold Medals, Bovada) all good choices in the Medals Table Winner market.
Russia beat out Scandinavian stalwarts Norway in the Gold Medal count four years ago (13-11) and the Russians also finished with the most Medals won overall (33) in Sochi. Canada ended with the third-highest number of Gold Medals (10) and the fourth most Medals won overall (25) with the United States finishing with the second most Medals overall (28) and with 9 Gold Medals, including one in Ice Dancing, earned by Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, MI) and Charlie White (Ann Arbor, MI). Netherlands took home 8 Gold Medals and finished 5th overall with 24 total Medals while European athlete factory Germany (+160 to win Most Medals 2018 Olympics, Bovada) also won 8 Gold Medals and finished 6th overall with 19 Medals won in Sochi.
Germany will have 60 competitors in 5 sports this time, the United States will field 102 competitors in 6 sports, Canada (5/1 to win Most Medals 2018 Olympics, Bovada)—a great value pick to make a run at most Medals next month—will have 224 in 14 events, Norway (16/1 to win Most Medals 2018 Olympics, Bovada) will send 43 Competitors in 4 sports to South Korea while France (16/1 to win Most Medals 2018 Olympics, Bovada) will field just 24 competitors in 3 different events at PyeongChang 2018.
Also, when looking at these events, remember that the US Figure Skating Team will have its fewest entries since the first Winter Olympics (1924), fielding only 14 athletes and that the US and Canadian hockey teams may be hurt more than other participating nations—despite so many international players now employed in the NHL—with Team USA Head Coach and Downers Grove, IL native Tony Granato having to work with Collegiate, AHL and Americans playing professionally in Europe to make up his Roster. Also noteworthy, 2014 Winter Olympic Games hosts and Gold- and overall medal winners Russia were banned from participating by the IOC for "systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system,'' although some individual athletes will be allowed to compete in PyeongChang 2018.
PYEONGCHANG 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES MOST GOLD MEDALS WINNERS PICK: Canada +500 (Bovada)