Team USA has a least two solid contenders to grab Winter Olympics medals in Men’s Slopestyle Skiing on Tuesday morning in Beijing (Monday night on NBC). Medals are also a possibility in Women’s Slopestyle Skiing, Men’s Big Air Snowboarding, and Women’s Downhill Skiing – if Mikaela Shiffrin can shock the oddsmakers.
With Super Bowl 56 in the past, the Winter Olympics is a focus of the sports betting market this week. Team USA is hoping to increase its medal count, and that could certainly happen on Monday night. The Games are in their final week, and the daily schedule will be packed.
The time difference can make things confusing as to when events are happening, but here’s a look at events airing in the U.S. on Monday evening.
Alex Hall, Nick Goepper look for Slopestyle Skiing Glory
While Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli is favored in Men’s Slopestyle Skiing, Team USA’s Alex Hall and Norway’s Birk Ruud are in a tight battle for second, according to oddsmakers.
Mac Forehand rounds out the U.S. contingent but isn’t considered a contender by oddsmakers.
|Andri Ragetti (SUI)||+200||+230||+200||+225|
|Alex Hall (USA)||+600||+525||+500||+500|
|Birk Rudd (NOR)||+500||+600||+600||+600|
|Colby Stevenson (USA)||+800||+900||+800||+800|
|Nick Goepper (USA)||+1400||+1400||+1400||+1400|
In the Women’s Slopestyle, Eileen Gu – who began competing for China in 2019 after previously competing for Team USA – is a heavy favorite to win her second gold medal in Beijing. She’s also winning the endorsement game, according to Reuters.
Team USA’s Maggie Voisin is tied for fifth on the DraftKings oddboard at +350, while BetMGM and PointsBet have her at +2000. Teammate Marin Hamil sits further back at +650 at DraftKings and +4000 at BetMGM and PointsBet.
Big Air Snowboarding Medals Won’t Come Easy
Snowboarder Red Gerard represents Team USA’s best hope to medal in Men’s Big Air. He’s fifth at both DraftKings (+600) and PointsBet (+700). Teammate Chris Corning is deep on the board and unlikely to be in medal contention, at least in the eyes of the betting market.
Canada’s Max Parrot is the favorite to win gold.
In the Women’s Big Air, Hailey Langland qualified for the final from Team USA. Her odds, however, are overwhelming as she sits ninth on the board out of 10 finalists.
Mikaela Shiffrin Making Winter Olympics Downhill Debut
With her focus on other events in years past, this will be Mikaela Shiffrin’s first time competing in the downhill. While sitting fifth on the board, Shiffrin says she’s not worrying about trying to win a medal after disappointments in earlier alpine events.
“I’m not focusing on the medal anymore. It’s just trying to do my best execution every day,” she said, according to The Associated Press. “Anyway, that’s my best shot at a medal.
“So it’s a little bit of maybe a paradox … that your best chance to have that performance is to stop thinking about the performance and to focus on what you’re doing in that moment. So I’m just trying to be present in the moment, especially with the downhill.”