Sat, Feb 10, 12:53am by Staff Writer
The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea with 17 days of sport on ice! So whilst we watch the festivities from afar in warm summer conditions, 51 Australians will be competing in PyeongChang across numerous events in their bid to bring home medals of the gold, silver and bronze variety.
Australia’s performance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was the first time a gold medal was not achieved since the 1998 Nagano games, where between 2002 and 2010 a total of five gold medals were won by Australians across the three Olympics.
Whether Australia get back onto the top of the podium this time around remains to be seen but there are a number of competitors that look set to figure into medal and potentially gold medal calculations over the course of the games.
In the total gold medals market, Australia are currently $1.40 to win either one or less gold medals, with the less fancied option for Australia to win two or more gold which is at $2.80
For total medals won by Australia, the over / under is 4.5 medals with under 4.5 medals a $1.63 favourite and the over being currently priced at $2.23.
In terms of Australian competitors, there are plenty of medal chances in the 51 strong contingent led by flag bearer Scotty James who will be competing in the snowboard halfpipe competition. James is currently a $5.00 fourth favourite in the market which is led by snowboarding legend Shaun White who is available at $3.50.
The women’s moguls final will be held this Sunday night and Brittany Cox will be in action who is currently sitting as a $6.00 third favourite behind Jaelin Kauf ($3.50) of the USA and Perrine Laffont ($5.00) of France.
The men’s snowboard cross sees multiple Australians near the top of the betting market led by second favourite Alex Pullin at $6.00 and Jarryd Hughes a $7.00 third favourite. You can also get fellow Aussie Adam Lambert at $26 in the event. France’s Pierre Vaultier looks the man to beat here and is priced a clear $3.50 favourite.
In terms of overall success, Norway leads all countries for most gold medals, priced a very short $1.60 ahead of Germany at $3.50. The USA follow at $9 ahead of North American rivals Canada who are $11. Hosts South Korea are rated a $34 chance alongside Russia as joint sixth favourites, just behind the Netherlands who are available at $26.
With lots of quality action in store, there are plenty of athletes to keep an eye out for. The United States’ Chloe Kim in the women’s snowboard halfpipe has been one of the most discussed athletes leading into the games and is priced a clear $2.30 favourite in her event. A snowboard halfpipe multi of Kim into Shaun White ($3.50) of the men’s competition may be well worth a look.
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