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The Winter Olympics are fast approaching, and fans should be gearing up for their favourite events. We help you get the best Olympics 2014 odds for whatever event you choose. The upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia, the first time Russia has hosted the Winter Olympics.
Each event earns medals for the top three finishes: gold, silver, and bronze. Historically, the medal stands have been dominated by colder countries, where athletes grow up skiing, ice skating, or playing hockey.
Some popular events to watch for Winter Olympics 2014 odds include:
- Snowboarding is one of the newer sports in the Winter Olympics, added in 1998. Events include men's and women's halfpipe, parallel giant slalom, slope style, and snowboard cross. The United States' Shaun White has dominated the half-pipe in previous events and is the favourite to repeat.
- Ice Hockey has been played at every Winter Olympics since they were founded in 1924, and was actually played at the Summer Olympics in 1920. In 1992, women's hockey was added. Both men's and women's events have typically been dominated by the United States and Canada. Canada is the early gold-medal favourite.
- Curling was was included in the inaugural 1924 games and as a demonstration event in 1932, but it didn't become part of the official programme until 1998. In curling, players slide large stones across the ice toward a target, similar to shuffleboard. Two sweepers with brooms attempt to influence the stone's path by sweeping the ice ahead of the stone. Canada is favoured to win gold, but China won't make it easy.
- Bobsleigh has been included in every Winter Olympics games with the exception of 1960. Events include four-man, two-man, and two-woman races. Bobsleigh involves sledding down a twisting ice track. Great Britain is favoured to win medals in all three events.
- Luge uses a small sled on which one or two athletes lie face up and race down the track feet first, steering with the calf muscles or shoulders. Luge is fast and dangerous, reaching speeds as high as 140 km an hour. Germany dominates this event, but the United States is challenging.
- Cross country skiing involves athletes propelling themselves across mostly flat terrain with skis and poles, rather than using the gravity of a downhill course. The Scandinavian countries are perennial favourites, winning half of the medals in this event's history.
- Ski jumping has been included in every Winter Olympics. Athletes ski down a steep track to build speed, then jump through to air to gain the longest distance. Events include men's and women's large and normal hills. Sarah Hendrickson of the United States is an early favourite for the newly added women's jumping.
We also compare the winter olympics 2014 odds on Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Figure skating, Freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, Short track speed skating, Skeleton and Speed skating.
If you want to place a wager on the events, we compare the odds from different bookmakers so you can easily find the highest Winter Olympics odds. We have all odds as Decimal odds, Fractional odds, and Moneyline odds.
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