Even though the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia won't officially open until Feb. 7, betting odds posted to Bovada Sportsbook on Jan. 31 already predict which nations will emerge from the historic competition on Feb. 23 with the highest overall medal counts.
Projected to take the highest cumulative total of gold, silver and bronze medals with 1/1 odds are the athletes representing the United States. With competitors scheduled to take part in each of the 15 disciplines contested --from the inaugural run of women's ski jumping to curling to short track speed skating-- and almost every medal event, Team USA's 230-member athlete delegation has the numbers to pull off the medal count victory. The nation also has recent history in its corner, as the U.S. earned the most medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games with 37, besting second place Germany by seven.
With 7/4 odds, the delegation representing Norway enters the 2014 Olympics second-most likely to win the most medals. The decidedly cold-weather nation brings a host of talented competitors to the Games, and holds a pair of unique distinctions: Norwegian athletes have captured not only the most gold medals at past Winter Games, but also the most medals overall.
Athletes competing for Germany follow, with 9/2 odds of notching the highest overall Olympic medal count in Sochi, while host nation Russia sits in fourth place with 6/1 odds.
The rest of the posted pre-Olympic Games odds are as follows:
- Canada 20/1
- China 66/1
- South Korea 66/1
- Austria 80/1
- France 100/1
- Sweden 100/1
- Netherlands 150/1
- Switzerland 150/1
The 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi begin Feb. 7.