Four years after she won the women's moguls event at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Team USA's Hannah Kearney is favored to capture gold yet again at the 2014 Sochi Games, according to odds posted to SkyBet on Feb. 5. Moguls action begins Feb. 6 with the qualification round.
Kearney, 27, overcame numerous serious injuries throughout the course of her freesking career and enters the competition with 10/11 odds of defending her title. Sochi will represent the 2013 FIS World Cup moguls champion's third Olympic appearance, and she will be the 20th of the 30 athletes entered to compete in qualifications.
A pair of Canadian sisters, Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, are rated second and third with respective odds of 2/1 and 13/2. Their older sister, Maxime, sits further back in the pack with a smaller 16/1 shot at winning gold.
Japan's Miki Ito is ranked fourth with 11/1 odds, just a hair ahead of Kearney's teammate Heidi Kloser, who enters competition with 12/1 odds of her own.
The rest of the pre-event posted odds are as follows:
- Yulia Galysheva, Kazakhstan, 20/1
- Britteny Cox, Australia, 40/1
- Ekaterina Stolyarova, Russia, 50/1
- Marika Pertakhiya, Russia, 50/1
- Regina Rakhimove, Russia, 50/1
- Audrey Robichaud, Canada, 66/1
- Elena Muratova, Russia, 66/1
- Nicole Parks, Australia, 66/1
- Taylah O'Neill, Australia, 66/1
Although they're not rated, two other American freeskiers will compete in the ladies' moguls competition. Per the posted schedule, Eliza Outtrim and Heather McPhie will ski second and third during the qualification round.
After the field is trimmed to just 20 during qualifiers, the event final at the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place Feb. 8 in Sochi.