FIS Cross-country World Cup Women Odds
The FIS Cross-Country World Cup is an annual cross-country skiing competition, arranged by the International Ski Federation (FIS) since 1981. The competition was arranged unofficially between 1973 and 1981, although it received provisional recognition on the 31. FIS Congress, 29–30 April 1977 in Bariloche, Argentina. The 2017-18 season is schedules to start on 24 November.
The 2017-18 season is scheduled to start in Finland, at Ruka at the end of November. Then, until the start of „Tour of Ski” there are 3 other stages held in Norway, Switzerland and Italy. The „Tour of Ski” will start on December 30 in Switzerland and before ending on January 7 in Italy it will also have 2 races in Germany. Even after this event all the attention will be spend in preparing for the Olympic event, there are still 3 stages scheduled during January in Slovenia, Czech Republic and Austria. After the Olympic medalist will get known in Pyeongchang, the season will return to Europe with stages in Finalnd and Norway, before the World Cup Final stahes in Stockholm and Falun, Sweden.
Norwegian Therese Johaug, the 2015-16 World Cup cross-country skiing champion, received a backdated 13-month ban for testing positive in September 2015 for a steroid found in a lip balm she said she took unknowingly. Johaug, 28, sits out the entire 2016-17 season but can return in the 2017-18 season, including the PyeongChang Winter Games, where she will be a top medal threat. The 13-month ban was backdated to Oct. 18, according to Norway’s Olympic Committee. Johaug won individual silver and bronze medals in Sochi, three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships and the 2015-16 World Cup season title.
Jessie Diggins, who has two World Cup wins this season will be looking in the upcoming season to become the first U.S. Olympic women’s cross-country skiing medalist and second overall after Bill Koch in 1976. She also represents a big contender for the World Cup overall rankings podium.
Other important names to watch during the next season and the Olympic event held in 2018 include Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, who duplicated her triple-gold performance from Vancouver in Sochi, and in the process, set the record for most gold medals (6) and tied the record for most medals won (10 overall) by a woman at a winter Olympic Games. Bjorgen opened with a top-of-the-podium finish in the 15km Skiathlon, but uncharacteristic off-podium finishes in the 4x5km relay (5th) for Bjorgen and her. Sweden would also love to leave Pyeongchang as they did in Sochi, with eleven Olympic medals, sweeping both the coveted men’s and women’s relay events. Charlotte Kalla skied anchor for Sweden in a thrilling end to the women’s 4x5km relay. Despite beginning her leg 25 seconds behind the leader, Kalla fought her way back and burst ahead of both Finland and German skiers to cross the finish line first before collapsing to the snow as her teammates piled on top of her in celebration.
In another feat of perseverance, Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk won gold in the women’s 10km classic in 2014, skiing the race after fracturing her left foot just two weeks ahead of the Olympic Games. It was her second Olympic gold medal, and fifth medal overall.
Other names to follow this season are Krista Parmakoski, Stina Nilsson, Sadie Bjornsen and Kikkan Randall.