Alpine skiing is the crowd pulling event of the Olympics and, as such, also tends to attract the lion’s share of the betting money, too. Part of the attraction on both fronts is the potential for an upset, be it a high speed crash in the downhill to a missed gate in a slalom to a combination of both in the super giant event.
One of the safest bets of the alpine events can be found in the men’s super giant slalom. Aksel Lund Svindal has dominated this event for a long time and at 3.25 with Bwin you’ve got the best odds you could possibly get on a huge favourite at this Olympics. Conversely, don’t be tempted by the 8.0 that the likes of Sky Bet are offering on Bode Miller. The veteran American looked off the pace in the downhill and it is hard to see his rebuilt knees keeping with Svindal on the high speed turns of this course.
In the women’s equivalent, Maria Hoefl-Reisch looks like a good bet at 5.0 across the board. The downhill champion should have the legs over favourite Lara Gut on a course which looks better suited to pure downhillers than usual.
Such is the popularity of the alpine skiing events that you can even bet on which country will win most gold medals in the sport. Austria and the USA lead the way at 3.0 pretty much across the board, but if you can get 3.5 or better on the Germans then they would be a good outside sports pick given the depth of their squad at these games.