The luge and skeleton events may make them look huge and cumbersome, but there is no denying that it is the bobsled which remains the blue riband event of the sliding competitions. The 2014 event has a touch of romance, a dominant force and much else to commend it besides this.
Favorite for the event is America’s number one team, led by driver Steven Holcomb, the reigning Olympic champion. Such are the vagaries of bobsled, where one slight twitch in the wrong place, or an unexpected defect in the ice, can cost vital hundredths of seconds that even with his dominance of the two man sport in recent years he’s still available at a very attractive 3.2 with Bwin.
Somewhat less favoured is Maximillian Arndt of Germany. He is the reigning world champion in the four man version of the event, but has been nowhere near the same force in the two man event of late. However, at odds of 26.0 with Paddy Power it is worth at least remembering that Olympic history is studded with athletes who took medals in their less-favoured event and Arndt looks like a good each way bet here.
The romance is provided by the Jamaican team of Winston Watts, who were the final qualifiers for the competition, had to crowd-source funding to get to the Olympics and who then had to miss a day of practice runs because their kit was delayed in transit. Ladbrokes have them at 751.0 to take gold here, but it might be worth looking on Monday morning for a bet on them to finish in the top ten.