2014 Winter Olympics Mens Giant Slalom Odds

ted-ligety-mens-giant-slalomMen’s Giant Slalom hits the slopes, Wednesday Feb 19th, as Ted Ligety looks for his first Olympic medal at these 2014 Sochi games. Men’s Giant Slalom is a hybrid combination of the downhill competition and the slalom, where skiers have to navigate between gates spread out like a slalom course. Skiers are racing against the clock, while battling the biggest adversary—the mountain itself. Despite his difficulties in Sochi, Ted Ligety remains the U.S. men’s best hope of snatching a gold medal. To take home a medal in the athletes must have tremendous athleticism, stamina and strategy. With some very sharp turns on the course, split-second decisions must be made anything can go right or wrong. Taking a tight corner may shave off a precious hundredth of a second, but take the turn too quickly, and you run the risk of a dreaded “DNF” next to your name.

On Sunday morning the US ski team found success, when Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht found the podium in the men’s super-G. This is Miller’s sixth Olympic medal, but he did not undersell the significance of upping his Olympic tally. Weibrecht beat out his teammate for silver while Miller settled for the bronze, reversing their finishes from the 2010 result. Weibrecht is not in this event and it will be up to Miller and Ligety to getter done.

Ted Ligety (8/11) comes into the 2014 Winter Olympic games as a four-time world champion and the gold medalist in giant slalom from the 2006 Olympics. Coming off the 2013 World Championships, where he took home three gold medals, Ligety faces pressure on an even bigger stage, which he’s ready to take on. Big things were expected from Ligety coming into the 2014 Winter Olympics, but he has not delivered. He entered as a favorite, but he fell flat with a 12th place finish. Despite his difficulties in Sochi, Ligety remains the U.S. men’s best hope of snatching another medal.

Austrian Marcel Hircher (9/4) finished on the podium in all but two of the 11 World Cup races he entered this season, with two victories each in giant slalom and slalom, the race where his gold medal chances are tipped to be the highest. Hirscher also won the giant slalom globe in 2012 and the slalom globe last year, making it onto the podium in all slalom races that season. In the 2010 Games, Hirscher came fourth in the giant slalom and fifth in the slalom.

Felix Neureuther (10/1) is the German men’s best chance for an Alpine medal. His main competitor in the technical events will be Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who, like Neureuther, has yet to add an Olympic medal to World Cup podium positions.

Aksel Lund Svindal (28/1) of Norway, the man many consider to be the best overall skier on the planet only be a darkhorse in the combined? Easy. He has really struggled in the non-speed events of late. Since finishing fourth in the opening giant slalom in Soelden in October, he has finishes of 11th, 12th, 13th and two DNFs this season. In the two World Cup combis this season, he finished fifth in Wengen and skied out in the slalom run in Kitzbuehel. Svindal’s last World Cup podium finish in the super-combined was in Chamonix on Jan. 30, 2011 and his lone victory in the discipline came in Beaver Creek on Nov. 30, 2006.

2014 Winter Olympics Mens Giant Slalom Odds:
Ted Ligety 8/11
Marcel Hircher 9/4
Alexis Pinturault 8/1
Felix Neureuther 10/1
Thomas Fanara 16/1
Bode Miller 25/1
Aksel Lund Svindal 28/1
Manfred Moelegg 33/1
Fritz Dopfer 40/1
Phillipp Schoerghofer 40/1
Stefan Luitz 40/1
Kjetil Jansrud 50/1
Benjamin Raich 66/1
Andre Myhrer 80/1
Carlo Janka 80/1
Cyprien Richard 80/1
Massimiliano Blardone 80/1
Steve Missillier 80/1
Davide Simoncell 100/1

The Bottom Line: Despite his difficulties in Sochi, Ted Ligety remains the U.S. men’s best hope of snatching another medal. We recommend you sign up with Bovada to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the Men’s Giant Slalom.