The Winter Olympics will take place from February 4th to 20th in Beijing and there are plenty of Australians who have genuine medal chances. There’ll be 44 competitors who will wear the green and gold and attempt to add to the 15 medals (including five gold) that Australia has won since 1936. Australia has not won a gold medal in the Winter Olympics in 12 years but there is genuine hope that the drought will be broken this year.
Most of Australia’s competitors will be in freestyle skiing or in snowboarding (though for the first time ever Australia will be sending a curling team to the Winter Olympics!). The best chances for Australia are from these sports and the following have all performed well leading into the Olympics.
Winter Olympics betting: Australia’s best medal chances
Tess Coady will compete in snowboarding in the slopestyle and big air events and she looks to be the best medal chance for Australia in 2022. She won her second World Cup event in Switzerland in 2020 and recently added the frontside 1080 to her repertoire. She was injured just before the last Olympics and will have an enormous amount of motivation to do well here.
TopSport Womens Snowboard Slopestyle Tess Coady: $8
Matt Cox has been competing as a professional snowboarder in the big air and slopestyle events for six seasons. He finished in seventh position in the recent World Cup in Switzerland this year. This is his best result and he seems to be peaking at the right time and he has a chance to win a medal if he has luck on his side. It’s been a long journey for him because he started as a snowboarder at the age of two.
TopSport Mens Snowboard Slopestyle Matt Cox: $34
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Valentino Guseli is 16 but already he has made his mark in the sport of snowboarding in the halfpipe event. In March of last year he managed a jump of 7.3 m into the air which is the greatest jump in the history of the event. His form has been consistent recently with a fifth-place effort in the World Cup in Switzerland and a sixth-placed effort in the X-Games in America. No matter what happens he’ll be catching up on his schoolwork after the Olympics are finished.
TopSport Mens Snowboard Halfpipe Valentino Guseli: $21
Winter Olympics betting: Ice Hockey
The most popular event will be ice hockey and there’ll be 12 teams in the men’s competition and 10 in the women’s event. The bigger rink at the Olympics favours the faster skaters and the intimidation factor isn’t as important as it is in the NHL. In 2018 Russia won the gold medal and with the absence of the NHL players, there is little reason to doubt that they can do it again. Finland, Sweden and Canada are always medal contenders in this event.
TopSport Ice Hockey Mens Gold Medal Russia: $2.40
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The Women’s event tends to be dominated by Canada and America and this Olympics might be the turning point for the game because there is talk of a women’s game being established soon. America won in 2018 and they broke Canada’s domination of the sport. The gold medal will certainly be won by one of the two teams and Russians and Chinese both have a realistic chance for the bronze medal.
TopSport Ice Hockey Mens Gold Medal USA: $1.85
Winter Olympics betting: Overall medal tally winner
The overall medal tally winner is always an extremely competitive affair and realistically Australia has zero chance of winning this one. There are plenty of interesting competitors who represent good value and should at least be real contenders for a medal.
Norway is the hot favourite at $1.28 with TopSport. Ski jumping and cross country skiing (biathlon) are national obsessions in that part of the world. At the 2018 Olympics, Norway won 14 gold medals and 39 in total to lead the medal table. Therese Johaug is a cross-country skier who won four medals last year in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and she’ll compete in three individual events as well as one team event. It should be remembered that she was unable to compete in the last Olympics because she was suspended due to using anabolic steroids.
Germany is priced at $5.50 with TopSport and they always do well at the Winter Olympics. In 2018 they won 31 medals. Most of their medals have come from the biathlon, the luge events and speed skating and a German team have topped the medal tally on four occasions. Felix Loch has won three gold medals in the luge event and he will be trying to make up for the disappointment of missing out in 2018. That was due to a single mistake in the last run. It’s interesting to note that he set the fastest speed in luge, which is 153.98 km/h in 2009, so he certainly doesn’t lack courage.
Canada looks like they’ll finish in the top three but their price of $12 with TopSport looks a bit tight. They do have a genuine chance of improving on their tally of 29 medals won in 2018. The fact that the NHL players from the ice hockey competition withdrew should dampen expectations for a particularly successful Olympics. However, Ivanie Blondin is a speed skater with a great chance to win several gold medals and she competes in the 3000m, 5000m and the mass start events. Two years ago she won a gold medal at the World Championships on the long track after starting out as a short track competitor and this will be her third time at the Olympics.