If you think of athletic powerhouses around the world, you think USA, Germany, Russia.
You likely don’t think about Norway, the Scandinavian nation who’s set to start up a can of whoop-ass in Pyeongchang.
Either some seriously sharp Olympic bettors were piling on Norway or even Bovada just eventually realized that their odds were way off when they made odds for all of the respective events. We’ve seen some good movement over the past few months, since Norway has gone from +300 to +140 for total awards and +185 to -120 for golden medals.
There are odds for all but one of those 102 events recorded on Bovada and I decided to go through and count the number of individuals with top 3 odds in each event are from Norway, Germany, and USA. You should probably bet on Norway at +140…
For comparison’s sake, Russia needed 29 medals to choose the crown in 2014, USA had 37 for shirts at 2010, and Germany had 29 in 2006. Norway has not taken this title since 1994.
Now, counting the people with high 3 odds doesn’t mean that Norway will have 18 more medals than USA. Also look at the fact that Team USA’s chances are likely shaded. I am no doctor…or scientist…or census individual, but I’d envision Bovada has more Americans on their site than Norsemen.
In terms of the gold awards, Norway is probably still a solid bet even at -120. They’ve 22 favorites, such as eight occasions with an odds-on favourite. Germany includes 13 favorites with six odds-on, and the USA is preferred in 12 occasions, but only three of which have an odds-on favourite. If you’re curious, these three events are women’s hockey, Mikaela Shiffrin in women’s ski slalom, and Lindsay Vonn in women’s downhill skiing.
The Olympics are just a few days away and coming your way soon will function as super-duper mega Olympic guide, with odds, picks, and results for every single event.
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