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2014 Winter Olympics Men’s Halfpipe Odds

by Scott Burgess on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Shaun-White-olympicsWhen it comes to Olympics Snowboarding Men’s Halfpipe it really is all about the USA team. Shaun White defined the level of riding with his gold medal run at the Vancouver 2010 Games and hasn’t faced many real challengers since. Sportsbooks have Shaun White as huge 2/5 odds favorite to win gold in Sochi giving him three gold’s in his career. For men’s pipe it’s more about new variations of double corks, going huge on straight airs, and getting creative. With the world watching, those last two elements are perhaps the most important by emphasizing a rider’s individuality, self-expression, and ability to approach terrain in new ways. White has the money and sponsors who help him guarantee gold. He enlisted his sponsor to sculpt a private halfpipe in Australia, with airbags, as he tries tricks that no other Olympian will come close to pulling off.

At the 2013 Winter X Games White  added a frontside double cork 1260 to his lineup but until the final Mammoth Grand Prix this January he hadn’t needed to update his trick selection much to keep winning. At Mammoth, just to show the rest of the field that they still have some catching up to do, Shaun put down consistent Cab 1440 double corks.

Yuri Podladtchikov (6/1) has never-ending stocks of energy and a burgeoning talent that definitely reached podium potential last season. Not only is he consistent and smooth, he goes big and he’s got great style. Armed with a Cab ten double-cork and a double-Michalchuk—plus the dizzying front ten to Cab 1080 combo—I-Pod is a fierce contender. He’s actually a former Olympian, too—he attended the 2006 Games for Russia and landed in 37th place. This time around, he’s repping Switzerland and looking for a much higher spot on the results roster.

And then you’ve got guys like Danny Davis (7/1) who bring a new level of style and creativity to the game, as well Taylor Gold (16/1) who has a mean 1260, and Greg Bretz with his back-to-back double corks and 1080s. Danny Davis made the most of his first Winter X Games halfpipe final appearance, winning the biggest pre-Olympic competition in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday night.

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2014 Winter Olympics Snowboarding – Men’s Halfpipe Odds
Shaun White 2/5
Yuri Podladchikov 6/1
Danny Davis 7/1
Gregory Bretz 12/1
Peetu Piirooinen 14/1
Taku Hiraoka 14/1
Taylor Gold 16/1
Nathan Johnstone 25/1
Markus Malin 40/1
Scott James 50/1
Brad Martin 66/1
Kent Callister 80/1
Seamus O’Connor 100/1

The Bottom Line: it’s White’s to lose and it would take a big spill and and strong performance from another rider to dethrone Shaun. We recommend you sign up with Carbonsports to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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