Olympic Bobsleigh Betting Odds For PyeongChang 2018

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Olympic Bobsleigh betting odds for PyeongChang 2018 won’t be available for quite some time, but that shouldn’t stop fans from finding small advantages that could be the difference between a big payout and an empty wallet. Learning the nuances of the sport will help bettors make more informed decisions when they go to place their wager.

When sledders take to the track at the Alpensia Sliding Centre in Alpensia Resort, South Korea of the PyeongChang district, prospective bettors should already have their favorites and betting forum in tow. This page will attempt to clarify the sport and provide safe wagering platforms for anyone who doesn’t want that slippery slope to be a slippery slope.

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh Odds

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh odds (or, as we call them, bobsled odds) have finally been posted, and if history is any indication, a few familiar nations should be competing for the medals in this year’s trio of Olympic Bobsleigh events. Over the last couple of Winter Olympics, the US, Canadian, and Russian teams (whose wins in both Men’s events last Olympics were vacated over some political nonsense) have been the most dominant forces.

On the men’s side, expect these nations to be racing for Silver and Bronze as Germany (which won the 2-Man Bobsleigh event in 2010) seems to be in cool runnings for the top of the podium in PyeongChang. On the women’s side, Canada is the two-time defending Olympic champion, and there’s no indication that they won’t take home the Gold again this year.

Olympic 2-Man Bobsleigh Odds

Francesco Friedrich (GER) +175 +200
Justin Kripps (CAN) +210 +250
Nico Walther (GER) +450 +500
Johannes Lochner (GER) +500 +600
Chris Spring (CAN) +900 +900
Odds For All Competitors

Two-Man Bobsleigh Olympic Medal Recap

The betting boards had Germany and Canada as one and two (+175, +210), and that was about right, as they both tied for Gold in the Two-Man Bobsleigh. Surprisingly, Latvia – who was not expected to medal in the event – took the Bronze with the second-best time down the slide.

Olympic Two-Man Bobsleigh Results

Canada

Germany

Latvia


Olympic 4-Man Bobsleigh Odds

Johannes Lochner (GER) +125 N/A
Nico Walther (GER) +400 N/A
Francesco Friedrich (GER) +450 N/A
Justin Kripps (CAN) +800 N/A
Chris Spring (CAN) +1100 N/A
Odds For All Competitors

Four-Man Bobsleigh Olympic Medal Recap

In a surprise-but-not-a-surprise sort of result, Germany took both the Gold and Silver medals in the Four-Man Bobsleigh, with pilot Francesco Friedrich leading the winning team (+450) and pilot Nico Walther leading the runner-up +400). The curious bit is that the event’s overwhelming favorite, the third German team (with pilot Johannes Lochner and +125 odds to win Gold) finished in 8th place. The Republic of Korea tied for the Silver, matching the second-place Germans at exactly 3:16.38, just over half a second slower than the champions.

Olympic Four-Man Bobsleigh Results

Germany

Germany

Republic Of Korea


Olympic Women’s Bobsleigh Odds

Kaillie Humphries (CAN) +200 +190
Elana Mayers Taylor (USA) +250 +240
Jamie Greubel Poser (USA) +250 +260
Stephanie Schneider (GER) +500 +300
Mariama Jamanka (GER) +600 +650
Odds For All Competitors

Women’s Bobsleigh Olympic Medal Recap

Aside from the shocking (shocking!) surprise that the Jamaican and Nigerian Women’s Bobsleigh teams finished in second-to-last and last place, respectively, there wasn’t any actual weirdness among the teams that podiumed in the event. Canada (Kaillie Humphries) was the favorite at +200 and piloted her sled to third, while the USA team (Elana Mayers Taylor) – the odds-on favorite to win Silver – won Silver. Gold went to the German team (Mariama Jamanka), setting up a possible clean sweep for the country in the event.

Olympic Women’s Bobsleigh Results

Germany

United States

Canada

What Is The History Of Olympic Bobsledding?

The sport was invented in the late 1860’s by the Swiss when they attached two skeleton sleds together and added a way to steer (called a toboggan). Hotel manager Caspar Badrutt took the idea and marketed the activity as a part of the “winter resorting” season for his regular English tourists. The sport’s name derives from contestants bobbing back and forth to make the sled move faster.

Bobsled competitions began in 1884 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, starting with straight runs on snow-covered roads. The first bobsleigh club was founded in 1897 in St. Moritz, and the first track built specifically for the sport opened in 1902. Tracks eventually added twists and turns to increase the difficulty of competitions, and the original wooden sleighs were replaced by fiberglass and metal sleds. The sport was introduced at the inaugural Winter Olympic Games in 1924, appearing in every Winter Olympics since (excluding 1960 when organizers refused to build a track). Women’s Bobsleigh was introduced at the 19th Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.

What Events Makeup Bobsleigh At The 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games?

Three Bobsleigh events will take place at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic games – Two-Man Bobsleigh, Four-Man Bobsleigh and Women’s Bobsleigh. For the most part, these events are identical, and they all run on the same course (which is typically installed especially for the Olympic Games). Sledders all have ample opportunity to test and learn the track’s unique running characteristics before their competition actually takes place (since there is no “standard” course shape or length).

Track lengths average between 1200 to 1300 meters, (1300-1422 yards), with an 8-15% slope and a 20-meter minimum curve radius. Since races are often decided by as little as one one-hundredth of a second, maintaining speed is the key element to winning the event. A sled has an average maximum speed of 136 kmph (85 mph), and most courses have between 14 and 22 curves to negotiate. Rankings are decided by the total time of the athletes’ four heats.

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