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Team Canada Winter Olympics 2022 Odds & Best Bets

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Experts are predicting a slight downturn when it comes to Canada’s overall medal haul at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Four years ago in Pyeongchang, Canada captured a record 29 medals.

This time around, data analysts Nielsen Gracenote are projecting that Canada will win 22 medals during the Winter Olympiad in Beijing.

It looks like sports betting in Canada will take a significant step forward this year, but unfortunately not in time for the Winter Olympics, which kick off on Feb. 4. The recent announcement that Ontario sports betting will launch with a number of private operators on April 4 will increase the wagering options for Canadians in the province.

With that to look forward to, let’s take a look at the sports in which you should be taking into consideration when betting on a outcome that will see a Canadian situated on the podium at the conclusion of the event.

Freestyle Skiing

Best Bet: Mikael Kingsbury, Moguls

Odds: -145 at PointsBet

Canada has always been a world power in this sport since it was added to the Olympic program in 1992. Canadian freestyle skiiers have earned 25 Olympic medals. That’s the most of any country.

In Beijing, all eyes will be on Quebec moguls skiier Mikael Kingsbury. He’s recorded a podium finish in 100 World Cup events. That includes 70 gold-medal performances.

Kingsbury won the gold medal four years ago on Pyeongchang. PointsBet is listing him as the odds-on -145 to engineer a repeat performance in Beijing.


Speed Skating

Best Bet: Ivanie Blondin, Women's Mass Start

Odds: +275 at Caesars Sportsbook

Long-track speed skater Laurent Dubreuil owned the podium in the men’s 500 meters during the 2021 World Cup season. In eight races, he won two gold medals, two silvers and four bronze.

In the short track events, Ivanie Blondin is a contender in the women’s mass start on betting apps. She was the gold medal winner in this event at the most recent World Cup. She won the overall World Cup season title in this event in 2014-15 and 2019-20.

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Curling

Best Bet: Canada, Women's Curling

Odds: +275 at Caesars Sportsbook

Canada and Great Britain are the +200 co-favorites on betting sites in men’s curling. The Canadian rink is being skipped by Brad Gushue. He was the 2006 Olympic men’s curling gold-medal winner at Turin. He’s won the Brier as Canadian champion three times and also owns a world title.

In women’s curling, the legendary Jennifer Jones skips the Canadian rink that is the +275 gold medal choice at Caesars. At the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Jones rink posted a perfect 11-0 record, leading Canada to the country’s first women’s curling gold medal since Nagano (1998). She’s won six Canadian titles and a pair of world crowns.

Veterans John Morris and Rachel Homan are representing Canada in the mixed doubles and will also be medal contenders. Morris paired with Kaitlyn Lawes to win gold in this competition four years ago in Pyeongchang.

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Hockey

Best Bet: Canada, Women's Hockey

Odds: -125 at FanDuel

It still comes down to a Canada-USA showdown for the gold medal in women’s hockey and lately, it’s Canada that’s been coming out ahead in clashes between these two superpowers. The Canadians won the world title from the USA last year. Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin is considered the best female player on the planet.

When NHL players dropped out of the tournament in late December, it threw the original futures wagers completely off kilter. With NHL participation, Canada was the clear favorite. Canadian teams won gold the last two times NHLers skated in the Winter Games.

Instead, Canada is again being represented by a mix of ex-NHLers, AHLers, junior and college players and Canadian pros playing in Europe.

DraftKings is listing Canada as the +700 fifth betting choice behind the Russian Olympic Committee (+160), Finland (+400), Sweden (+500) and the USA (+600). FanDuel, though, likes Canada as the +340 second favorite behind only the Russians (+150).

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Bobsleigh

Best Bet: Justin Kripps, Two-Man Bobsleigh

Odds: +1100 at Caesars Sportsbook

Justin Kripps is the reigning gold-medal winner in the two-man bobsleigh but Caesars Sportsbook is listing him as the second betting choice in the event at odds of +1100. Kripps is also set as the +1200 third betting choice in the four-man event.

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