Skiers Going Downhill; Your Olympic Wagers Don't Have To Follow

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Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:36 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 7:36 PM GMT

The Winter Olympics have arrived in South Korea and NBC will beam coverage from the opening to the closing ceremonies and everything in between. Let’s check out the Olympic odds on five big events this week and cash a winner!

Alpine Skiing: Men's Downhill (Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET)

Beat Feuz (Switzerland) wins men's downhill gold +270

Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) wins men's downhill gold +330

Dominik Paris (Italy) wins men's downhill gold +700

Analysis

Although there are more than two dozen athletes competing in this event, the big three are offered by 5Dimes for your wagering pleasure. Svindal has more medals than a five-star general, but at 35 he is a bit long in the tooth. We believe his younger rivals will supplant him as the gold standard. Beat Feuz is the man who we will back in our Olympics picks, as the Swiss native already has won the World Cup this year and is poised for a gold medal run.

Free Olympics Pick: Beat Feuz +270Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

Freestyle Skiing: Women's Mogul (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET)

Jaelin Kauf wins women's mogul gold +270

Perrine Laffont wins women's mogul gold +370

Britteny Cox wins women's mogul gold +550

Andi Naude wins women's mogul gold +850

Analysis

American Jaelin Kauf has the pedigree, with both of her parents being mogul world champions, but for this wager we will lean toward Aussie Britteny Cox to take home the gold. At 23 she’s an old pro, having been the youngest athlete to compete in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. She's now ready to assume her rightful place as matriarch of the mogul. She took gold at the 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships and is nicely priced at +370 in this one.

Free Olympics Pick: Britteny Cox +550Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

Figure Skating: Men's Singles (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET)

Nathan Chen (USA) wins men's singles gold +160

Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) wins men's singles gold +175

Shoma Uno (Japan) wins men's singles gold +330

Javier Fernandez (Spain) wins men's singles gold +550

Analysis

Yuzuru Hanyu is the defending Olympics and World champ, but he has been a bridesmaid in his last two competitions. Dubbed the “Ice Prince,” Hanyu will have to overcome an ankle injury as well as abdominal surgery to win the gold. We will instead focus our attention on teammate Shoma Uno, who might not have the hardware of Hanyu, or for that matter of American Nathan Chen, but recently he has been as good as it gets. He dominated Skate Canada and has two first-place finishes along with three silver medal performances this season. At Olympic odds of +330, there is plenty of value here.

Free Olympics Pick: Shoma Uno +330Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

Speed Skating: Men's Short Track 1,500 Meters (Saturday, 5 a.m. ET)

Dae Heon Hwang (South Korea) wins men's 1500M gold +210

Hyo Jun Lim (South Korea) wins men's 1500M gold +270

Charles Hamelin (Canada) wins men's 1500M gold +420

Sjinkie Knegt (Netherlands) wins men's 1500M gold +450

Analysis

Dae Heon Hwang is No. 1 in the world and he will be the fastest in the 1,500 meters when the day is done. Hwang is only 18 years old and South Korea is loaded with talent in this event, but he is the best of the best and a pretty decent value at +210 to win gold.

Free Olympics Pick: Dae Heon Hwang +210Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

Skiing: Women's Giant Slalom (Sunday, 8:15 p.m. ET)

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) wins women's giant slalom +200

Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) wins women's giant slalom +350

Tessa Worley (France) wins women's giant slalom +450

Federica Brignone (Italy) wins women's giant slalom +675

Analysis

These are the favorites but not the complete list of participants. Unless there is an upset, we see Mikaela Shiffrin on the podium with a gold hanging around her neck as the "Star Spangled Banner" blares among teary-eyed Americans. At only 22 she is still getting better, which is scary for the youngest slalom champion in history at 18 years, 345 days. She is a lock to clinch unless Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg has a preternatural performance.

Free Olympics Pick: Mikaela Shiffrin +200Best Line Offered: 5Dimes
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