2022 Winter Olympics Odds: Shaun White Underdog For Gold; USA Massive Favorite In Women’s Hockey Quarters; Shiffrin A Go

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Shaun White an underdog for gold, per 2022 Winter Olympics odds (Photo by Kyodonews/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

Shaun White is an underdog to win the men’s snowboarding Halfpipe gold medal Friday in Beijing (Thursday night on NBC), per 2022 Winter Olympics odds, If he needs extra motivation, this adds fuel to a tank that’s already overflowing.

Meanwhile, the sports betting market prices Team USA’s women’s hockey team as a massive favorite over the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal matchup (Thursday, 11:10 p.m. ET, USA Network). Team USA needs to keep winning in order to get a shot at redemption against Canada in the gold medal game.

Despite a 4-2 loss to Canada in preliminary group play, the U.S. women have a clearer path to gold than White.

At 35, White will be competing for the final time in his legendary career. His record-setting days are seemingly in the past, but he’s still, arguably, snowboarding’s greatest competitor.

Shaun White’s Odds For Final Gold

White’s mindset heading to Beijing was simple. It was also a perfect summation of his career.

“I’m a competitor and I want to win,” White said of his final Olympics, according to ESPN. “I can’t show up without that feeling, so it’s still there. I am going in eyes open, ready for any outcome. But yeah, I’m hoping to win.”

White nearly missed the final after falling in the first of two qualifying runs. He was 19th overall, with only 12 advancing to the final. White’s competitive nature pulled him through, now it’s time to find out if he can medal yet again.

White is priced with significantly longer odds than favorite Ayumu Hirano from Japan and second betting choice Scotty James from Australia at DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, and PointsBet.

Ayumu Hirano (JPN)+150+130+125+140
Scotty James (AUS)+250+220+200+200
Shaun White (US)+500+850+900+800
Yuto Totsuka (JPN)+850+750+800+750
Ruka Hirano (JPN)+850+850+900+800

While White is a dog, it might be tempting to take a shot on him pulling yet another upset at +900 at PointsBet.

Team USA Large Betting Favorite In Women’s Hockey Quarters

From the outset, Team USA and Canada have been favored to meet for the gold medal yet again. Nothing that’s happened in preliminary group play has changed that. Nor do oddsmakers expect anything to change Friday in Beijing.

Team USA is laying 6.5 goals (-125) to the Czech Republic (+105) at DraftKings. The total is set at 8 (over +105, under -125).

Mikaela Shiffrin A Longshot In Women’s Super G

After heartbreaking performances in the Slalom and Giant Slalom that saw her fail to finish her first runs in both disciplines, Shiffrin is a longshot, priced at 12-to-1 odds at BetRivers, in Friday’s Super G (Thursday, 10 p.m. ET, NBC). While it was uncertain whether she would compete in the Super G, Shiffrin is a go for the event, per the Associated Press (via ESPN).

Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami and Italy’s Federica Brignone are co-favorites at +275.

About the Author
Mark Ashenfelter

Mark Ashenfelter

Mark Ashenfelter is a Connecticut-based sportswriter and editor who has covered everything from NASCAR to the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. A life-long Philadelphia sports fan, in addition to Penn State football and the Baltimore Orioles, he's previously worked at ESPN, NASCAR Scene magazine and the Daily Local News in Chester County, PA.

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