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2014 Olympic betting odds: Who will win snowboard slopestyle gold?

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Although the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia won't officially begin until opening ceremonies take place on Feb. 7, the men's and women's snowboard slopestyle competitions are slated to begin Feb. 6 with qualification rounds. According to betting odds posted to SkyBet on Feb. 5, a pair of North American athletes are most likely to walk away with the event's inaugural gold medals.

On the women's side, Team USA's Jamie Anderson is favored to win the event with 5/2 odds. The 23-year old South Lake Tahoe native is a four-time Winter X Games gold medalist and is undeniably one of the discipline's best athletes. Ranked second is Canada's Spencer O'Brien. The 26-year old is the 2013 FIS World Cup champion in slopestyle, and begins the competition with 4/1 odds of taking gold.

The rest of the ladies' field and their respective odds of winning is as follows:

  • Sarka Pancochova, Czech Republic, 5/1
  • Silje Norendal, Norway, 5/1
  • Torah Bright, Australia, 15/2
  • Sina Candrian, Switzerland, 14/1
  • Christy Prior, New Zealand, 14/1
  • Cheryl Maas, Netherlands, 16/1
  • Jenna Blasman, Canada, 16/1
  • Jenny Jones, Great Britain, 16/1
  • Merika Enne, Finland, 20/1
  • Shelly Gotlieb, New Zealand, 22/1
  • Elena Koenz, Switzerland, 28/1
  • Isabel Derungs, Switzerland, 33/1
  • Ty Walker, USA, 33/1
  • Anna Gasser, Austria, 40/1
  • Katie Ormerod, Great Britain, 50/1
  • Aimee Fuller, Great Britain, 50/1

Favored to win the inaugural men's slopestyle event with 5/2 odds is Canadian Max Parrot. The reigning X Games slopestyle gold medalist recently came under fire for criticizing American Shaun White for his Feb. 5 decision to withdraw from the event. Parrot's teammate Mark McMorris is ranked second with 100/30 odds of taking the gold medal despite the reality that he will compete with a broken rib he sustained on Jan. 25.

The rest of the men's field, which includes Americans Chas Guldemond, Sage Kotsenburg and Ryan Stassel, are rated as follows prior to the event's start:

  • Billy Morgan, Great Britain, 15/2
  • Roope Tonteri, Finland, 8/1
  • Staale Sandbech, Norway, 8/1
  • Sven Thorgren, Sweden, 12/1
  • Sebastein Toutant, Canada, 14/1
  • Kotsenburg, USA, 14/1
  • Guldemand, USA, 14/1
  • Yuki Kadono, Japan, 16/1
  • Janne Korpi, Finland, 20/1
  • Stassel, USA, 25/1
  • Gjermund Braaten, Norway, 25/1
  • Jamie Nicholls, Great Britain, 33/1
  • Charles Reid, Canada, 33/1

Snowboard slopestyle qualifications at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi begin at 10 PM Pacific time on Feb. 5, which translates to 10 AM on Feb. 6 in Sochi.

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