Norway leads the odds to win most gold medals in Pyeongchang
Norway led the way with 11 gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. And Norway is also the favorite on the odds to pick up the most gold medals at the 2018 games.
Norway is the slight +150 favorite on the odds to win the most gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Norwegians edged Canada 11-10 for most gold medals in 2014, winning five in cross-country skiing, three in biathlon, and two in nordic combined along with Kjetil Jansrud’s first-place finish in the men’s Super-G alpine skiing event.
For 2018 Norway is again expected to compete for gold in the cross-country skiing and biathlon events. Norway finished with the third-most gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, earning nine behind Canada’s 14 and Germany’s 10. In 2006 in Turin, Italy Norway was held to two gold medals, but they led the way with 13 in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Norway is also the all-time leader with 118 gold medals at the Winter Olympics, although the combined historical gold medal total for the Soviet Union and Russia is 123. Russia, facing sanctions and a reduced team for Pyeongchang, is off the board for the gold medal prop wager. Russia had picked up a total of nine gold medals on their home turf in Sochi in 2014.
Germany is second at +160 on the odds to win the most gold medals in Pyeongchang, after they finished down the table with eight gold medals in Sochi. Germany had 10 gold medals at the Winter Olympics in 2010, and led the way with 11 in 2006. Germany’s top gold medal contenders for Pyeongchang come on the track in the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events.
The United States is third at +450 on the odds to win the most gold medals in Pyeongchang, after they tied for third with nine gold medals in Sochi. The Americans also picked up nine gold medals in Vancouver in 2010, and nine in Turin in 2006. Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin is a top gold medal contender for the Americans in 2018, with freestyle skiing and snowboarding also a strong discipline. The USA women’s hockey team is a gold medal contender as well.
In a separate prop wager the Americans are -240 favorites to end up with more gold medals than Canada (+180) in Pyeongchang, with the Canadians fourth at +700 to top the table for gold medals overall. Canada has finished second and first in gold medals at the last two Winter Olympics, and were fifth with seven gold medals in Turin in 2006. With no NHL players in Pyeongchang the Canadian men’s hockey team will have a challenge defending their gold medal, but the Canadian women’s hockey team and curling teams are top gold contenders.
The Netherlands rounds out the top five countries on the odds to win the most gold medals in Pyeongchang at +1600, with host South Korea next at +2800, and France pegged at +3300. The Netherlands picked up eight gold medals in Sochi, South Korea three, and France four.