Best Winter Olympics Bets for Beijing 2022 – Norway to Win the Most Golds and More
If you are looking for the best bets for the 2022 Winter Olympics, you have come to the right place.
Beijing 2022 is set to get underway on February 4. In just over two months’ time, many of the world’s greatest athletes will flock to China to compete in the 24th edition of the Winter Games.
With a total of seven sports, 15 disciplines, and 109 events on the schedule, there is no shortage of Winter Olympics betting opportunities.
Below, you can find my top betting picks for Beijing 2022. My Winter Olympics bets involve the nation to claim the most gold medals, the winner of the men’s ice hockey tournament, and several alpine skiing events.
Let’s get right into it.
Norway to Win the Most Gold Medals (1.40)
Four years ago, the Norwegians broke the record for most medals won at a single Winter Olympic Games. They claimed a whopping 39 medals at Pyeongchang 2018 – eight more than Germany.
Norway picked up 14 golds, 14 silvers, and 11 bronzes last time around. The Germans also secured 14 golds, but they missed out on the title due to their inferior overall medal tally.
The Norwegians head into Beijing 2022 as the most successful nation in the history of the Winter Olympics. Having clinched 27 golds more than the United States, they are the bookmakers’ out-and-out favorites to top the medal table in China.
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Germany (4.50), Canada (9.00), the Russian Olympic Committee (9.00), and the US (9.00) are expected to challenge for the title, but Norway (1.40) is the favorite for a reason.
Biathlete Johannes Thingnes Bo and skier Jarl Magnus Riiber headline a star-studded squad. Cross-country skier Marit Bjorgen is also expected to add to her crazy haul from the previous Games, having sealed two golds, a silver, and two bronzes at Pyeongchang 2018.
Every four years, the Norwegians find themselves challenging for the top honor. If you’re looking for a safe Winter Olympics bet, backing Norway to win the most golds at Beijing 2022 is the wager for you.
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Canada to Win the Men’s Ice Hockey (2.50)
Remarkably, Canada’s men won six of the first seven ice hockey tournaments at the Winter Games. Following a medal-less run between 1972 and 1988, they have reestablished themselves as the dominant force in recent years.
The Canadians have won three of the past five men’s ice hockey titles at the Winter Olympics. They claimed bronze at Pyeongchang 2018, but they are the bookies’ favorites this time around.
Back in September, an agreement was made to allow NHL players to compete at Beijing 2022. This decision makes Canada the clear favorite to win the men’s ice hockey competition.
With NHL superstars like Connor McDavid, Sydney Crosby, and Alex Pietrangelo set to grace the ice in China, there is absolutely no denying that Canada will have the best ice hockey roster at Beijing 2022.
McDavid is a two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner and heads into the Winter Olympics on the back of a record-breaking season with the Edmonton Oilers. Let’s not forget that Crosby also has two MVP awards to his name, along with three Stanley Cups!
The ROC (4.50) is viewed as Canada’s biggest challenger, with the US (7.50) and Sweden (7.50) expected go hard, too. But I’m confident that Canada will be too strong for the other teams.
Nick Sterling has already taken a look at the top contenders for the men’s ice hockey at Beijing 2022. Check out that post for further insight and analysis.
Mikaela Shiffrin to Win the Women’s Giant Slalom (3.25)
Mikaela Shiffrin is undoubtedly among the top athletes to watch at the Winter Olympics.
I mean, the 26-year-old American already has three Olympics medals under her belt. After winning the slalom event at Sochi 2014, she claimed gold in the giant slalom four years ago – as well as silver in the combined.
The bookies favor Shiffrin to defend her giant slalom crown in 2022. Although Marta Bassino (4.00), Lara Gut-Behrami (5.50), and Petra Vlhova (8.50) are expected to compete for the gold medal, Shiffrin is the woman to beat.
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As the table above details, Shiffrin is one of the greatest alpine skiers of all time. She has won a whopping 71 World Cup events over the years, emphasizing her dominance.
The Colorado native will be confident of adding to her phenomenal medal collection in China. Priced at a generous 3.25, I’m backing her to win the giant slalom competition.
Vincent Kriechmayr to Win the Men’s Super-G (9.00)
The next of my Winter Olympics bets is something of a longshot. After all, I didn’t want all of my best bets for Beijing 2022 to favor the frontrunners in each event.
Marco Odermatt (2.75) is the favorite to win the men’s Super-G tournament, with Aleksander Amodt Kilde (4.00) and Matthias Mayer (7.00) completing the bookies’ top three. But I really like the look of Vincent Kriechmayr at 9.00.
Following three consecutive second-place finishes between 2018 and 2020, Kriechmayr finally clinched the top prize in 2021.
- 2018: 2nd
- 2019: 2nd
- 2020: 2nd
- 2021: 1st
Over the past few years, Kriechmayr has established himself as one of the best alpine skiers on the planet. His consistency in the Super-G event is unrivalled, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he triumphed in China.
It is also worth noting that he won both the Super-G and downhill event at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2021. It goes without saying that 2021 has been Kriechmayr’s year.
I expect the Australian to carry this year’s form into 2022. Having proved that he is capable of winning events on a consistent basis, he will fancy his chances of adding an Olympic gold to his list of achievements.
Katharina Liensberger to Win the Women’s Slalom (7.00)
While Kriechmayr dominated the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships earlier this year, Katharina Liensberger won the women’s slalom competition at the same event. Oh, and she also won the parallel giant slalom for good measure!
The 24-year-old has already cemented her status as one of the world’s best alpine skiers. For that reason, I can see her enjoying a hugely successful Winter Games.
You may not be surprised to learn that all the top Winter Olympics betting sites view Shiffrin (2.10) as the favorite to win the women’s slalom at Beijing 2022. The bookies also believe that Vlhova (2.25) stands a realistic chance of securing gold in this event.
The reigning world slalom champion will be brimming with belief as she heads to China. Of course, there are some high-profile athletes standing in her way, but she now knows what it takes to win titles.
It’s time for the last of my recommended 2022 Winter Olympics bets.
Matthias Mayer to Win the Men’s Downhill (4.50)
Matthias Mayer finished third in the 2019-20 World Cup downhill standings before clinching second place last season. As it stands, the German sits atop the 2021-22 leaderboard.
Even at 31, Mayer appears to be improving year after year.
Mayer already has an Olympic downhill gold to his name, having triumphed at Sochi 2014. Four years later, he won Super-G gold in Pyeongchang.
The men’s downhill event looks set to be one of the most competitive events at Beijing 2022. Beat Fuez (4.50) is the joint favorite with Mayer, while Kilde (5.50) and Dominik Paris (7.00) are expected to challenge for the gold medal. Still, I can see Mayer coming out on top.
Last month, the Austrian won the season-opening race of the new World Cup – edging out Kreichmayr at Lake Louise. That tells you everything you need to know about his current form.
Betting on the 2022 Winter Olympics
Hopefully, my top betting picks for Beijing 2022 will help you to make a tasty profit in February.
Although I have only included six Winter Olympics bets in this post, it is important to remember that there are 109 events on the Beijing 2022 schedule. As the Games draw closer, keep an eye out for more tips and predictions in our Olympics blog.