Mikaela Shiffrin Favored In Women’s Giant Slalom On 2022 Winter Olympics Oddsboards

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Mikaela Shiffrin a gold medal favorite, per 2022 Winter Olympics odds (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire)

When Team USA skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin takes to the slope on Sunday night (Monday in Beijing), she’ll be doing so as the favorite to win gold in the Women’s Giant Slalom, per 2022 Winter Olympics odds. That’s far from surprising as Shiffrin is the winningest slalom skier of all time, male or female, with 47 World Cup wins in the discipline.

What may be surprising to those who don’t follow skiing beyond every four years during the Winter Olympics is that Shiffrin is far from an overwhelming favorite. This despite winning gold in 2018.

It has been a tough season for Shiffrin in some respects. Her training was slowed by a back injury and, later, a COVID-19 diagnosis in December left her in quarantine for nine days.

Sara Hector and Tessa Worley are the other favorites to share the podium with Shiffrin, with Lara Gut-Behrami, Federica Brignone, Marta Bassino, and Petra Vlhova rounding out the top seven on Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet oddsboards.

SportsbookCaesarsDraftKingsFanDuelPointsBet
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)+250+250+300+275
Sara Hector (Sweden)+250+275+380+400
Tessa Worley (France)+450+450+500+500
Marta Bassino (Italy)N/A+750+650+700
Lara Gut-Behrami (Switzerland)+700+1000+650+700
Federica Brignone (Italy)+850+1100+1000+1000
Petra Vlhova (Slovakia)+1200+850+1400+1200

Slalom Odds Aren’t In Shiffrin’s Favor

Shiffrin will compete in all five of the women’s skiing events, adding the slalom, Super-G, downhill, and alpine combined. Shiffrin won gold in the slalom at the 2014 Olympics but is a slight underdog to Vlhova at Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet.

Oddsmakers see the gold coming down to Vlhova and Shiffrin, with the rest of the field far behind. Vlhova’s odds sit between -110 and -120, while Shiffrin is priced between +110 and +140.

In addition to her two gold medals, Shiffrin earned a silver medal in the alpine combined in 2018. And her quest to add to that total is just days away.

While Shiffrin will be the focal point of the Team USA Alpine Ski team, she won’t be the only one hoping to bring back a medal.

USA Men’s Ski Team Not Among Favorites

Ryan Cochran-Siegel may have the best chance of earning a medal for the U.S. in the men’s events. In the Super-G, Cochran sits anywhere from fifth to ninth on the oddsboards.

FanDuel has Cochran-Siegel fifth (+2200), while he’s sixth at PointsBet (+2200) and ninth at DraftKings at +4000.

Cochran-Siegel and fellow Americans Travis Ganong and Bryce Bennett face steep odds of medaling in the downhill competition. Cochran-Siegel is as low as +3500 on DraftKings, but +5000 at both FanDuel and PointsBet.

Bennett is +4000 at DraftKings, +5000 at PointsBet, and +7500 at FanDuel. Ganong, meanwhile, is +5000 at both DraftKings and PointsBet, while he’s +6000 at FanDuel.

The men’s downhill, one of the glamor events of the Winter Olympics, looks to be a two-skier battle between Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Switzerland’s Beat Feuz.

Also read: 2022 Winter Olympics odds have Norway favored in gold medal count

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