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Women's sprint classic 2018 Olympics Odds

Who will win women's sprint classic during the 2018 Olympics?

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Ladies sprint classic during the 2018 Winter Olympics

In recent years, much focus has been put on the ladies cross-country skiing events. Much has probably to do with recent top female athlethes gaining much deserved time in the spotlight.

Norways Therese Johaug, Swedens Charlotta Kalla and many more done much to attract attention to the sport. But what can we expect during the 2018 Winter Olympics? And more importantly. Who will be performing well during the sprint classic?

With the 2018 Winter Olympics, also known as Pyeongchang 2018, not being far away. There's a lot of buzz around the world regarding possible outcomes. And while some argue that it's too early to make predictions, other say that it's the perfect time to use available scores to predict future outcome. And while we sure know which countries that generally perform well. It's much harder to predict how well the individual athletes will perform. Taking a look at the countries that pretty much always achieve great scores, we notice that Sweden, Norway, France, Finland and Russia have a tendency to dominate the sport as a whole. But individual skiers from other European countries, and also Canada, have been scoring lots of medals recently. This makes it much harder to predict the outcome.

Sprint classic and cross-country skiing

As far as technique goes. Most of us are familiar with the classic way of skiing. It's the technique that's most commonly used when skiing on unpaved rough patchy snow that hasn't been prepared in advanced. It's also one of the more basic techniques. With the skis moving in a parallel pattern, the heel and toe remains fixed to the ski. Nevertheless, it's a feat of endurance to apply it during the vast terrain that professional cross-country skiers are exposed to.

While cross-country skiing has much to with being able to keep a high pace while traveling long distance of varied snow covered landscape, there is a difference between natural landscape and a prepared Olympic course. By looking at the course, we can apply it's structure and layout to individual athletes strengths and weaknesses. And looking at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the course  has been divided in three parts. Namely uphill, level and downhill. This implies a great importance in being able to adjust skiing technique to the varied course. And it will be as much of an endurance test as it will be a test of speed.

Sprint

The way sprint is set up, every athlete goes through a qualifying round. And then the top 30 goes on to the quarter finals after which two contenders further to the semi-finals. This means that we have to look closely at each and every athlete in order to guess who might be a probably winner. As opposed to relay events, where contenders work together as a team, sprint is all about an individual performance. In the world of cross-country skiing. the FIS Cross-Country World Cup has always been sort of a bench mark. Swedens Charlotta Kalla and Norways Marit Bjørgen and Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen have for long been high ranking names. And their performances during FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 surely indicate that they will perform well during the 2018 Winter Olympics

When we take everything into account. It will surely be an amazing event and we have much to look forward to. With so many top performing athletes from many countries. And even unexpected contenders from countries that are otherwise considered weak. This will surely be a unique event.