The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to get underway later this week. The Norwegians are expected to dominate the Olympic Medal Count at the 2018 Winter Olympics. That’s why Norway is a solid -140 favorite. Now let’s find out where the betting value lays in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
2018 Winter Olympic Medal Count Winner Odds & Picks
- Norway -140
- Germany +200
- USA +500
- Canada +1000
- Netherlands +2500
The Favorite To Win The Most Winter Olympic Medals: Norway -140
Some prognosticators have Norway winning 40 medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics. In 2014, in Sochi, the Norwegians took home 32 total medals, 11 gold, 11 silver, and 10 bronze. There’s no doubt that Norway heads to Pyeongchang with a more solid team in 2018 than it had in 2014.
That means that fair odds on Norway to grab the most medals is probably closer to -150 than it is at -140. Then again, Sochi was much closer to Norway than Peyongchang is. The extra travel might open the door for my smart, or longshot bet.
The Smart Bet To Win The Most Winter Olympic Medals: USA +500
The USA is expected to win 29 medals overall. However, USA might have a slight advantage over its competition in the sense that the United States has much stronger ties to South Korea, that’s where Pyeongchang is located, than any other nation in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Also, the United States, somehow, someway, always comes up with a few bronze and silver medal winners that nobody predicted. There’s a huge possibility that happens again in this year’s Winter Olympics.
USA won 28 medals at Sochi. That’s only 4 off Norway. That’s not a lot of ground to make up.
The Longshot Bet: Canada +1000
Why are the Canadian’s at 10 to 1 to win the most gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics? It doesn’t make much sense. The Canadian Women’s Hockey Team is a force that no other women’s hockey team has been able to take down in a long, long time.
Not only that, but Canada had a much better than it looked 2014 Sochi Olympics. The Canadians only secured 23 total medals. However, they secured 9 gold medals. That’s only 2 off Norway’s total of 11. They also secured 9 silver medals. Again, that’s only 2 off Norway’s total of 11 silver medals.
All Canada must do is secure more bronze medals to be in the running for the most total medals in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Since Canada only grabbed 5 at Sochi in 2014, there’s definitely room for improvement.