We’re about halfway through the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, but there’s still plenty of bets to be had — and in the case of skiing, good bets. Ahead of a weekend filled with snowy slopes, we’re giving you three of the best betting picks for skiing events at the Olympics. Keep reading on for expert (and free) betting advice on the skiing portion of the Games in Beijing!
Women’s Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle Pick
Let’s begin with our women’s freestyle skiing betting pick. According to the most-used online sportsbooks, the battle for gold in this competition is a three-way battle. Here are the most up-to-date betting odds on the event:
You’ll likely recognize one of the betting favorites to win, Eileen Gu. She’s been in the headlines a lot recently. Less so for becoming the youngest freestyle skiing gold medalist in Olympics history when she won the women’s freeski big air days ago. More so for being raised in the United States, but choosing to represent China at the Olympics instead (both her parents are Chinese). In today’s extremely political world, that identification drew praise and ire on both sides of the political aisle.
The 18-year-old Gu will face stiff competition in this event from 19-year-old Kelly Sildaru, who fails from Estonia. The two teens have duked it out at the X-Games before, but an Olympic face-off sets the table for a rivalry that could dominate the women’s sport for years to come.
Either one of the two wouldn’t be a bad bet, but our confidence is a tad stronger in Sildaru right now. While Gu is new to the limelight — and the good and bad things that come with it — Sildaru has “been there, done that.” At the mere age of 13, Sildaru became the youngest X Games gold medalist ever. An ACL injury ruined her chances at competing at the 2018 Olympics, but no such thing exists now. We expect her to seize the moment and capture gold in a thrilling battle with Gu.
Men’s Slalom Skiing Pick
Unlike the previous competition, this next one isn’t nearly as competitive, well, at least not in the eyes of top Olympic betting sites. Swiss alpine skier Marco Odermatt is the overwhelming favorite to take the gold in the giant slalom. Here are the current betting odds:
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The 24-year-old Odermatt is a legit threat to medal in three different skiing events in Beijing — giant slalom, super-G and downhill. However, the giant slalom is probably his biggest specialty. This season alone, Odermatt has won four of the five World Cup races in the slalom. That sheer dominance justifies his current -105 betting line to take home the gold.
Given all the momentum, Odermatt is a no-brainer bet here. In fact, we’re surprised his betting line is a modest -105 (almost even money). That’s value given how he’s fared in World Cup events. Hammer this bet and squeeze every last value of of the line!
Men’s Freestyle Slopestyle Skiing Pick
The X Games in Aspen were just a few weeks ago, in which a freestyle skiing slopestyle event took place. The results of the competition would be useful to help inform our slopestyle pick at the 2022 Olympics. The top three looked like this (from first to third) — Andri Ragettli, Max Moffatt, and Alexander Hall.
Here at the Olympics, Ragetti is favored to win, while Hall is runner-up in the odds. But look at the disconnect with Moffatt of Canada. Fresh off a second-place finish at this same event in the X Games, his odds for Beijing are very long at +1200. That is pure value for an accomplished skier like Moffatt — and it’s worth placing a bet on since it’s a low-risk, high-reward scenario.
How To Watch Skiing At 2022 Olympics?
Skiing and Winter sports go hand-in-hand, therefore, are you really going to miss watching skiing at the 2022 Olympics? We hope not, especially if you have action on the events! To keep up with your bets and the skiing, you’ll want to tune in to NBC for coverage of the events. It’s the exclusive home for the 2022 Olympics if you’re inside the United States. For those that have “cut the cord”, you can fall back on subscriptions to fuboTV and the NBC Peacock apps too. The Olympics run until February 20 so don’t miss out!
How To Bet On Skiing At 2022 Olympics?
Last but not least, you’ll want a trusty bookmaker if you’re going to be betting on skiing at the 2022 Olympics — or any other event for that matter. Thankfully for you, we’ve compiled a list of the very best bookmakers for Olympic betting below. You’ll find it all at these sites, including bettor-friendly lines and lucrative sign-up bonuses! The table below has sportsbook reviews and details on what deals are currently available. Check it out if you’re in the market for a bookie for Olympic betting!