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2014 Winter Olympics Mens Downhill Odds

by Scott Burgess on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

USA-body-millerThe most challenging, demanding and exhilarating sport in the Winter Olympics has to be the Alpine skiing. The downhill features the longest course and the highest speeds in alpine skiing, where one mistake can cost you your life. The fastest of the five alpine events, skiers can go as fast as 80 mph down the slopes. Skiers from European countries such as Norway, Austria and France will be significant medal threats in Russia during the Men’s Downhill competition. The biggest star is Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal who is the favorite at 2/1 odds to take gold, but popular American athlete Bode Miller is a veteran at his craft who can’t be counted out. The action gets underway on Feb. 9 at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center with the men’s downhill competition. Below is a preview of the Men’s Downhill along with all your Olympic Betting Odds heading in Sochi.

Aksel Lund Svindal ia (2/1) already a three-time Olympic medalist, the 31-year-old Norwegian is looking to enhance his resume in the Sochi Games. Svindal captured gold in the super-G in Vancouver and will be a factor in that event and in the downhill as well. The two-time overall World Cup champion, he won the downhill in the 2013 World Championships.

Bode Miller (3/1) is the most accomplished U.S. skier since Phil Mahre, capturing a pair of silver medals in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and a gold medal in the super combined at the Vancouver Games en route to his total five medals. Miller is also a four-time world champion. A left knee injury forced Miller to sit out the 2013 Alpine season, and his health is certainly a factor to watch in Russia.

Christof Innerhofer (9/1) is perhaps the most accomplished ski racer on Italy’s strong speed team. After hitting a growth spurt in his mid-teens, he quickly caught up to and exceeded his peers. After climbing the ranks through Italy’s C and B teams, he made his World Cup debut in 2006 and won his first race two years later. He was arguably the star of the 2011 World Championships, where he won a medal of every color, and remains a podium threat in the super-G and downhill.

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SLEEPER PICK: Erik Guay’s (9/1) trophy case is brimming with hardware after 10 years on the boards. He won the World Cup season title in super G in 2010, and was the world champion downhiller a year later. What is missing, of course, is an Olympic medal of any colour. Guay’s only goal is to end the medal drought. “I won’t be satisfied if I don’t walk away with a medal,” he says.

2014 Winter Olympics – Alpine Skiing – Mens Downhill Winner Odds:
Aksel Lund Svindal 2/1
Bode Miller 3/1
Christof Innerhofer 9/1
Erik Guay 9/1
Patrick Kueng 12/1
Adrian Theaux 16/1
Kjetil Jansrud 16/1
Klaus Kroell 16/1
Max Franz 16/1
Peter Fill 16/1
Werner Heel 16/1
Beat Feuz 20/1
Dominik Paris 20/1
Dider Defago 25/1
Georg Streitberger 33/1
Joachim Puchner 33/1
Johan Clarey 33/1
Jan Hudec 40/1

The Bottom Line: Body Miller has to stay healthy in this competition, but Aksel Lund Svindal should take gold. Eric Guay could also pose a threat. We recommend you sign up with Bovada to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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