2018 Winter Olympics: Medal Table, Most Gold Medals Winners Odds

Kevin Stott

Thursday, January 4, 2018 2:46 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 2:46 PM UTC

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games get underway on Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea and sportsbook Bovada has posted a handful of futures odds. Let’s offer up some value-oriented picks.

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The 2018 Winter Olympic Games begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 9 and will run through Feb. 26 and see 102 events in 15 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, the NHL is not providing a break in its regular-season schedule to allow its players to participate in ice hockey in these Games. The International Olympic Committee 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 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).

Germany +225

USA +250

Norway +300

Canada +500

France +1600

Netherlands +1600

Austria +4000

South Korea +5000

China +6600

Switzerland +8000

Japan +10000

Poland +10000

Sweden +10000

Norway +150

Germany +160

USA +500

Canada +700

Netherlands +1600

South Korea +2800

France +3300

Austria +5000

Switzerland +5000

China +6600

Sweden +6600

Italy +15000

Japan +15000

Finland +20000

Poland +20000

Over 8½ Gold Medals -110

Under 8½ Gold Medals -110

Over 10½ Gold Medals -130

Under 10½ Gold Medals Even

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, USA and Norway all good choices in the Medals Table Winner market.

Russia beat out Norway in the Gold Medal count four years ago, 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 and Charlie White. Netherlands took home 8 Gold Medals and finished 5th overall with 24 total Medals while European athlete factory Germany 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, while the United States will field 102 competitors in 6 sports, Canada -- a great value pick to make a run at most Medals next month -- will have 224 in 14 events, Norway will send 43 Competitors in 4 sports to South Korea, while France 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. Team USA Head Coach Tony Granato will 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 several individual athletes will be allowed to compete but not under a Russian flag.

Free Olympics Most Gold Medals Pick: Canada +500Best Line Offered: Bovada
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