Olympic Cross Country Skiing Betting Odds For PyeongChang 2018

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Olympic Cross Country skiing is one of the best Winter Olympic sports to bet on. With so many individual and team disciplines that make up this event, Cross Country Skiing provides myriad opportunities for avid wagerers. This page is here to help you understand the disciplines that make up the sport, as well as provide the most up to date Olympic Cross Country Skiing betting odds for Pyeongchang 2018.

Current Olympic Cross Country Skiing Betting Odds

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Skiathlon Betting Odds

The current PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Skiathlon betting odds (Men’s 15km x 15km) at most sportsbooks favor Johannes Hosflot Klaebo of Norway, with Russia hacking away in second as Sergei Ustyugov sits right behind him. Three Olympic skiers at the bottom of the boards share the longest odds at +40000. The Women’s 7.5km x 7.5km Olympic Skiathlon odds have Norway’s Marit Bjorgen as the overwhelming favorite at -125, while Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla is behind her. Czech Petra Novakova and Germany’s Victoria Carl are unlikely to podium at +30000 odds to win, making them some of the longest shots in these Olympic Games.

Olympic Skiathlon Betting Odds Men

Johannes Hosflot Klaebo (NOR) +150
Sergei Ustyugov (RUS) +350
Dario Cologna (SUI) +500
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) +500
Alex Harvey (CAN) +1150
Odds For All Competitors

Men’s 15 x 15 Skiathlon Olympic Medal Recap

In something of a surprise, Norway’s Johannes Hosflot Klaebo, the overwhelming favorite (+150 at Bovada, -125 at Bet365) to win the Men’s 15 x 15 Skiathlon Gold medal, failed to podium in the event. In fact, the only athlete in the top five on most betting boards to podium at all was Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who had +500 odds to win Gold. And while Sundby didn’t win Gold, he won Silver. In fact, with the exception of Klaebo, all of Norway’s entrants did magnificently, with the country sweeping the medals. Huge underdog Simen Hegstad Krueger, who was +5000, won the Gold, while Hans Christer Holund, at +6600, took home the Bronze.

Olympic Men's Skiathlon Results

Simen Hegstad KRUEGER (NOR)

Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)

Hans Christer HOLUND (NOR)


Olympic Skiathlon Betting Odds Women

Marit Bjorgen (NOR) -125
Charlotte Kalla (SWE) +175
Heidi Weng (NOR) +1000
Ingvild Flugstad Ostberg (NOR) +1100
Krista Parmakoski (FIN) +1200
Odds For All Competitors

Women’s 7.5 x 7.5 Skiathlon Olympic Medal Recap

There were no real surprises in the Women’s 7.5 x 7.5 Skiathlon during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, with the exception that Norway’s Marit Bjorgen, who was a -125 favorite at Bovada to win the event, only took home a Silver medal. Charlotte Kalla of Sweden, who was second atop the betting boards at +175, bested Bjorgen and won Gold, while Krista Parmakoski of Finland (who was fifth on the boards at +1200) won the Bronze.

Olympic Women’s Skiathlon Results

Charlotte Kalla (SWE)

Marit Bjorgen (NOR)

Krista Parmakoski (FIN)


PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Individual Sprint Classic Odds

Norway’s Johannes Hosflot Klaebo is also favored among the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Individual Sprint Classic odds. Athletes from Sweden, Canada, and Russia make up the top 5. Canadian Len Valjas has the lowest odds to win the Individual Sprint Classic at +20000, continuing Canada’s poor showing on the slopes for this Olympic Games. On the Women’s side of things, Sweden’s Stina Nilsson is at +125, with three Norwegians in the top 5. Slovakian Anamarija Lampic is way down the list at +25000.

Olympic Individual Sprint Classic Odds Men

Johannes Hosflot Klaebo (NOR) -500
Calle Halfvarsson (SWE) +1200
Alex Harvey (CAN) +1200
Emil Iverson (NOR) +1600
Alexander Bolshunov (OAR) +2200
Odds For All Competitors

Men’s Sprint Classic Olympic Medal Recap

As expected, Johannes Hosflot Klaebo – one of the Winter Games’ biggest favorites at -500 – won the Gold in the Men’s Sprint Classic. Amazingly, all the others atop the odds boards failed to podium, with Italy’s Federico Pellegrino taking home the Silver and Alexander Bolshunov of Russia winning the Bronze.

Olympic Men’s Sprint Classic Results

Johannes Hosflot Klaebo (NOR)

Johannes Hosflot Klaebo (ITA)

Alexander Bolshunov (OAR)


Olympic Individual Sprint Classic Odds Women

Stina Nilsson (SWE) -115
Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) +130
Katherine Harsem (NOR) +2000
Sadie Bjornsen (USA) +2500
Heidi Weng (NOR) +5000
Odds For All Competitors

Women’s Sprint Classic Olympic Medal Recap

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson was the heavy favorite (-115) going into the Women’s Sprint Classic, and she won easily, besting rival Maiken Caspersen of Norway, who was projected to win Silver (and did). The big surprise here is that none of the other athletes near the top of the betting boards podiumed, with Russian Yulia Belorukova coming out of nowhere to win the Bronze.

Olympic Women’s Sprint Classic Results

Stina Nilsson (SWE)

Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)

Yulia Belorukova (OAR)


PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Individual Freestyle Odds

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Individual Freestyle odds for the 15km Men’s race has a tight leaderboard, with Maurice Manificat, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, and Dario Cologna jockeying within a few hundred points of one another. Germany’s Florian Notz and Sweden’s Thomas Bing are bringing up the rear at +30000 odds to win (which means they probably won’t). The 10km Women’s Individual freestyle odds give Olympian Charlotte Kalla of Sweden a +120 shot of winning gold, but Marit Bjorgen – the Skiathlon favorite – is only a hair behind. Italy’s Ilaria Debertolis is the longest shot to stand on the Olympic podium at +50000.

Olympic Individual Freestyle Odds Men

Maurice Manificat (FRA) +300
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) +350
Dario Cologna (SUI) +500
Sergei Ustyugov (RUS) +700
Simen Hegstad Kruger (NOR) +900
Odds For All Competitors

Men’s 15km Individual Freestyle Olympic Medal Recap

There were no heavy favorites going into the Men’s 15km Individual Freestyle event. Dario Cologna of Switzerland was +500 to win Gold, and he came out on top. Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway was +900 on the boards, and he took home the Silver over the OAR’s Denis Spitsov, who was not among the main contenders but won Bronze. France’s Maurice Manificat, the nominal favorite at +300, failed to podium, as did Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), who had +350 odds to win the contest.

Olympic Men's Individual Freestyle Results

Dario Cologna (SUI)

Simen Hegstad Kruger (NOR)

Denis Spitsov (OAR)


Olympic Individual Freestyle Odds Women

Charlotte Kalla (SWE) +120
Marit Bjorgen (NOR) +140
Ragnhild Haga (NOR) +1000
Jessica Diggins (USA) +1150
Heidi Weng (NOR) +1400
Odds For All Competitors

Women’s 10km Individual Freestyle Olympic Medal Recap

Aside from the rare double-podium for Bronze between Marit Bjoergen (NOR, +140) and Krista Parmakoski (FIN), there weren’t any surprises in the Women’s 10km Individual Freestyle Olympic medal results. Charlotte Kalla was the pre-race favorite at +120 and won Silver, while Ragnhild Haga (NOR) was third on the boards at +1000 and took home the Gold. So far, that makes Haga one of the longer shots to win in these Olympics, and she provided a nice payout for anyone that picked her.

Olympic Women’s Individual Freestyle Results

Ragnhild Haga (NOR)

Charlotte Kalla (SWE)

Marit Bjorgen (NOR)

Krista Parmakoski (FIN)


PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Cross Country Relay Odds

For the Men’s 4x10km event, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Cross Country Relay odds overwhelmingly favor Norway, while the Russian team (denoted as the Olympic Athletes of Russia for some illegitimate reason) is in second. Surprisingly, as a country renowned for its world class skiing culture, Switzerland is sitting in the middle of the pack at +5000. Unsurprisingly, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Estonia are the longest shots to podium in this Olympic event. Similar to the numbers on the Men’s side, the 4x5km Women’s Cross Country Relay odds have the Norway Olympic team as huge favorites, with Sweden a not-so-close second. Japan is, again, in last place.

Olympic Cross Country Relay Odds Men

Norway -225
Olympic Athletes of Russia +225
Sweden +450
Italy +4000
Finland +4000
Odds For All Teams

Men’s Cross Country Relay Olympic Medal Recap

Like their Women’s team counterparts, the Norway Men’s team was the odds-on favorite (-225) to win the Men’s Cross Country Relay. Naturally, they took home the Gold, easily defeating the Olympic Athletes of Russia, who were second on the boards at +225 and finished second on the podium with the Silver. France, who was not atop the betting boards at most sportsbooks, came from the middle of the pack, displacing Sweden, Italy, and Finland to win the Bronze.

Olympic Men's Cross Country Relay Results

Norway

Olympic Athletes of Russia

France


Olympic Cross Country Relay Odds Women

Norway -600
Sweden +400
Finland +1200
USA +1600
Germany +6600
Odds For All Teams

Women’s Cross Country Relay Olympic Medal Recap

At -600 on the boards, Norway didn’t disappoint, easily taking the Gold in the Women’s Cross Country Relay. Sweden, in second at most sportsbooks with +400 odds, took Silver, also as expected. The only surprise here is that Finland, the USA, and Germany – all with a good chance to podium – fell to the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), who took home the Bronze.

Olympic Women’s Cross Country Relay Results

Norway

Sweden

Olympic Athletes of Russia


PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Team Sprint Freestyle Odds

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Team Sprint Freestyle odds – as all the other team events do – favor Norway (+140). The Norwegian Olympians have a large margin here between their main competition, as the Olympic Athletes of Russia are well behind. Unsurprisingly and yet again, Japan – whose Olympic athletes have the smallest average strides among all the Cross Country competitors in PyeongChang – is dead last in most odds books at +30000. On the Women’s side, Norway is leading the odds board, but Sweden is right behind them, followed by the USA.

Olympic Team Sprint Freestyle Odds Men

Norway -275
Olympic Athletes of Russia +400
Italy +700
France +1600
Sweden +1600
Odds For All Teams

Olympic Team Sprint Freestyle Odds Women

Norway +115
Sweden +130
USA +400
Germany +4000
Switzerland +4000
Odds For All Teams

Men’s 50km Mass Start Olympic Medal Recap

Odds were late to the betting boards with this event, and perhaps for good reason, as none of the top Alpine athletes (or countries) podiumed. Instead, Finland’s Iivo Niskanen won the marathon and earned a Gold, while Alexander Bolshunov – a familiar name in some of the other events of this year’s Games – took the Silver for Russia (OAR). Countryman Andrey Larkov won the Bronze.

Olympic Men's 50km Mass Start Results

Iivo Niskanen (FIN)

Alexander Bolshunov (OAR)

Andrey Larkov (OAR)


Women’s 30km Mass Start Medal Recap

The women’s side of things with the Mass Start event finished in a more predictable fashion, with the three most dominant Cross Country athletes taking home their last medals of these PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Winner Marit Bjoergen of Norway got her fifth medal of the Games by earning the Gold, while Finland’s Krista Parmakoski got her third medal by winning the Silver. Sweden’s Stina Nilsson won the Bronze, her fourth medal of these Olympics.

Olympic Women’s 30km Mass Start Results

Marit Bjoergen (NOR)

Krista Parmakoski (FIN)

Stina Nilsson (SWE)

What Events Makeup Cross Country Skiing At the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games?

Cross Country Skiing is made up of 6 disciplines, and both men and women compete in each. The events can either be run in the classic style, or the skate skiing technique, also known as the freestyle technique. Cross Country tracks are broken into three equal segments of uphill courses, even courses, and downhill courses. The Cross Country events will be held at the Alpensia Cross Country Skiing Center in Pyeongchang.

Of the six disciplines within Olympic Cross Country Skiing, there are four individual events. The first is actually called the Individual. In this part of the competition, the women representing their countries will run a 10Km race, using the freestyle technique. Men run this event for 15Km and do it in either the classic or freestyle technique. Next is the Sprint. This is a short-distance race where the women run 0.8 to 1.6km, and men run 1 to 1.8km. The Sprint can be run in either the classical or freestyle technique. Both of these races dictate that athletes have a 30-second interval between start times.

The next two individual events are the Skiathlon and the Mass Start. In the Skiathlon event, all competitors start at the same time. Women run a 15Km race. Men run a 30Km race. The first half of this discipline is run in the classic technique while the second half is run in the freestyle technique. The two different techniques require different equipment, which requires a change in the middle of the race. This equipment change is timed. The Mass Start is another competition in which all of the athletes begin together. In this event, women use the freestyle technique and run 30Km. Men use the classic or freestyle technique to run 50Km.

There are two team disciplines in Cross Country Skiing. First is the Team Sprint. This is a short-distance relay race. Two athletes per team compete, alternating through 3 to 6 sectors. The women cover .8 to 1.6Km, and men cover 1 to 1.8Km. The final event is the Relay. In the competition, each team has 4 athletes. The first two run the classic technique, while the last two go in the freestyle technique. The women’s team runs a total of 20Km, while the men’s team runs a total of 40Km.

What Are The Rules For Olympic Cross Country Skiing?

There are quite a few rules that govern the sport of Cross Country Skiing. The most important for spectators to know are the skating techniques employed and how race positions are determined. First, these events are run in two different techniques. The Classical style of skiing is a simple glide in preset parallel tracks. The Skate Skiing technique, or the freestyle technique, is a skating stride where athletes push off on the inside of their skis, across a broader, flat track. This technique has no preset grooves to stick to. The Freestyle technique is much faster than the Classical technique. Because of this, each style is run in alternating games. Sochi ran in a Freestyle form, so the Pyeongchang games will be run in the classical format, except for those events that combine both skating techniques.

Determining the skate order is done through a drawing, and is completely random. The only exception to this is a mass start event, in which everyone starts at the same time. Certain events have athletes competing against a clock, while relays and sprints are head to head competitions. When slower skaters are overtaken by faster skiers, the faster of the two must yell “track”, in order to make the slower athlete yield their position.

Who Are The Favorites For The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games?

While it is still a little too early to determine individual Olympic betting odds for the 2018 Pyeongchang games, there are several favored countries. Norway remains the most favored to medal in this event, based on their past winter Olympic records. Sweden and Finland round out the medal predictions, as historically they have also done very well in this event. To remain as up to date as possible on the Olympic cross-country skiing betting odds, make sure you check sportsbooks like Bovada and Bet Online. These books are the best online books for your winter Olympic needs.

Can American Players Legally Wager On The 2018 Pyeongchang Cross Country Skiing Events?

Americans are legally able to place wagers on any Olympic sport they’d like to wager on, so long as they use an online, offshore sportsbook to do it. The reason these books must be online is because most states have outlawed land-based sports betting. Several federal mandates also make it unlawful to participate in online betting over state lines, which is why American players should use overseas, online sportsbooks, to avoid any messy entanglements with the law.

2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics - Cross Country Skiing Event Quick Facts

  • Cross Country Skiing made its Olympic Debut in 1924, but its roots can be traced back to ancient times when hunters used skis to make hunting easier in the winter.
  • Bill Koch helped to make the freestyle technique of skiing popular in competition after winning the cross country skiing overall world cup title in 1982. It was officially introduced to the Olympic Games in 1988 and has been alternated as the designated skiing style in each Olympic cycle since.
Cross Country Skiing Events Schedule - 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics
February 10th Ladies' 7.5 km Classic + 7.5 km Free Skiathlon
February 11th Men's 15 km Classic + 15 km Free Skiathlon
February 13th Men's/Ladies' Individual Sprint Classic
February 15th Ladies' 10 km Free
February 16th Men's 15 km Free
February 17th Ladies' Relay 4 x 5 km Classic/Free
February 18th Men's Relay 4 x 10 km Classic/Free
February 21st Ladies'/Men's Team Sprint Free
February 24th Ladies' 30 km Mass Start Classic
February 25th Men's 50 km Mass Start Classic
Cross Country Skiing

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