Winter Olympics brings new sports into the betting limelight

Speed skater Charles Hamelin could be one of the stars of the games

Speed skater Charles Hamelin could be one of the stars of the games

As we prepare for tomorrow’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony, attention turns to those sports which often stay out of the limelight for bettors.

Sports like alpine skiing and curling often play second or third fiddle to European football, NFL and NBA, but for the next two-and-a-half weeks they will become the main event.

Plenty of us will have to research new favourites like Canadian speed skater Charles Hamelin and his South Korean rival Sin Da-Woon, while many eyes will be on what looks like being a battle between Norway and the United States for the most gold medals in Sochi.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics – Most Gold Medals Betting Odds

Norway – 2.28

United States – 2.92

Germany – 5.70

Russia – 6.20

Canada – 8.20

(All odds provided by are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Later in the month, the focus for some will be on the men’s Ice Hockey tournament. NHL stars will be involved for their respective countries, and Canada will hope to retain the gold medal they won in Vancouver four years ago.

Others looking to help their nations’ medal tallies are Russia’s Darya Domracheva and German Tora Berger, who are bookmakers’ favourites for the women’s 7.5k biathlon.

One thing’s for sure, there will be plenty of opportunities for bettors to hone their skills in the coming weeks, with 98 events set to take place across 15 different sports. London 2012 was seen by some as the ‘Betting Olympics’ – will Sochi follow suit?

Betting Instinct Tip – Tora Berger to win the women’s 7.5k biathlon is 3.90 at


tvTOM VICTOR (editor)  is the editor and co-founder of Betting Instinct. He has written for a variety of sports sites in the past, including JustFootball, Footy Matters and BeNeFoot.


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