2018 Olympics odds, picks: Mikaela Shiffrin going off at 3/2 in women’s giant slalom

2018 Olympics odds, picks: Mikaela Shiffrin going off at 3/2 in women\'s giant slalom
Tuesday’s Olympic Watch: Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White in spotlight
nHigh winds delayed the women’s giant slalom from Monday to Thursday. Now the question is, how will that affect U.S. skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin? The American remains the sportsbook favorite with the lowest odds at +150, meaning you would win $150 for every $100 wagered. Close behind are Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg (+225) and France’s Tessa Worley (+350).

But instead of Shiffrin being fresh, she’ll race in the giant slalom one day after competing in the slalom, where she’s a prohibitive favorite.

*Emily Sweeney eventually walked off after a violent crash in the women’s luge singles finals. Sweeney wiped out after treacherous Curve 9 and was laid out on the track for several minutes as the normally raucous luge crowd fell silent. Erin Hamlin, the U.S. flag-bearer and the first American women’s luger to win an Olympic medal (bronze, 2014), ended her career with a sixth-place finish. Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger won the gold.
Tuesday's Olympic Watch: Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White in spotlight
Tuesday’s Olympic Watch: Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White in spotlight

Before you lock in your picks for the women’s giant slalom in Pyeongchang, South Korea, check out what Mike Tierney has to say.

*Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson set an Olympic record with two goals in six seconds during Team USA’s 5-0 win over the athletes from Russia. (Remember, they are competing independent of Russia because of the doping scandal.) The U.S. will play Canada on Wednesday (10 p.m., NBCSN) in a renewal of one of hockey’s top rivalries. Both have advanced to the semifinals, so the only thing at stake will be national pride.
5 to Watch: White Aims for Historic Medal, Shiffrin to Finally Ski, Figure Skating Returns
5 to Watch: White Aims for Historic Medal, Shiffrin to Finally Ski, Figure Skating Returns

For Rio 2016, his first with SportsLine, Tierney confidently told readers to go over on Team USA’s gold medal line (41.5) and total medal line (102.5). The result: 46 golds and 121 medals. Anyone who followed his advice cashed with ease.

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Now, Tierney has analyzed every giant slalom contender and released his picks for gold, silver and bronze. He’s sharing them over at SportsLine.

Tierney knows Shiffrin’s favorable spread-out Winter Olympics competition schedule is gone, and that the postponement forced the star to alter her long-planned routine.

Associated Press columnist Paul Newberry points out that it cost more than $100 million to construct the 35,000-seat facility where the opening flame was lit. The stadium will be used four times – for the opening and closing ceremonies for the regular Olympics, and the opening and closing ceremonies for the Paralympics.

We can tell you Tierney is not high on top Italian contender Federica Brignanone, saying she won’t make the medal stand. She’s a skier to avoid in this event.

The two were named the sole U.S. pair skaters for the Pyeongchang Games in January after a tough journey to the Olympics. The couple met in 2012, when then-Alexa Scimeca split from her first partner, and the following year earned a silver medal at the 2013 U.S. Championships. They married in 2016, but soon afterward she needed multiple abdominal surgeries for a life-threatening condition; they missed most of the 2016-17 season’s competitions.
Olympic Alpine Skiing Schedule 2018: Live Stream, TV Info for Women's Slalom Run
Olympic Alpine Skiing Schedule 2018: Live Stream, TV Info for Women’s Slalom Run

But what about Rebensburg, who won gold and silver in this event the past two Olympics? Or Worley, who won the World Cup series last year? Both are 28, six years older than Shiffrin.

This will be Shiffrin’s first race of a busy schedule — she’ll be back on the mountain Thursday morning (Wednesday night in the U.S.) for the giant slalom. Skiing two races in two days shouldn’t be a problem for Shiffrin — World Cup races are often held on consecutive days. She is the favorite for a medal in slalom and giant slalom — and she might add the other three individual women’s races to her Pyeongchang itinerary. 

Will America’s darling capture the giant slalom and bring a nice payday to anyone who bets on her? Visit SportsLine now to get Mike Tierney’s picks for gold, silver and bronze in the giant slalom, all from an unparalleled Olympics expert who cashed big on the 2016 Summer Games.

After the giant slalom race was postponed due to dangerous winds Monday, Shiffrin will first ski in her signature event, the slalom. Shiffrin was the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion at the Sochi Games at age 18, and she’s the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years. She hopes to become the first person to win the slalom gold medal twice in a row.

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San Diegans will be rooting for two hometown Olympians Tuesday as Carlsbad’s Shaun White competes in the halfpipe final and Ramona’s Chris Knierim competes in pairs figure skating short program. 

Shaun White of USA looks on during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Feb. 9, 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Germany is the country to beat. The Nordic combined is dominated by five-time World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Eric Frenzel of Germany, who won the normal hill event in Sochi, placed 10th in the large hill competition after he got ill and helped Germany will silver in the team event. Other top competitors include: Johannes Rydzek of Germany, a two-time Olympian in the sport, winning team silver and bronze medals; Jason Lamy-Chappuis of France, a gold medalist in the Nordic combined; and Jorgen Graabak, the Olympic gold medalist on the Nordic combined large hill.

Kim competes for halfpipe gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics

Team USA’s Shaun White, Japan’s Ayumu Hirano and Australia’s Scotty James are top contenders for the gold in Pyeongchang.

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim were named the sole U.S. pair skaters for the Pyeongchang Games in January after a tough journey to the Olympics. The couple met in 2012, when then-Alexa Scimeca split from her first partner, and the following year earned a silver medal at the 2013 U.S. Championships. They married in 2016, but soon afterward she needed multiple abdominal surgeries for a life-threatening condition; they missed most of the 2016-17 season’s competitions.

At 30, White’s going up against the sport’s younger generation. Hirano is 19, while James is 23.

Bryan and Taylor Fletcher continue their sibling rivalry on the slopes in the Nordic combined event, a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Bryan Fletcher, 31, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4 and kept his mind off chemotherapy sessions with ski jumping. After he turned to the Nordic combined, his younger brother, Taylor, followed. Taylor Fletcher made his Olympic debut in Vancouver; both brothers competed in Sochi.

White’s teammates, 23-year-old Ben Ferguson and 19-year-old Jake Pates, are making their Olympic debuts.

This will be Shiffrin’s first race of a busy schedule — she’ll be back on the mountain Thursday morning (Wednesday night in the U.S.) for the giant slalom. Skiing two races in two days shouldn’t be a problem for Shiffrin — World Cup races are often held on consecutive days. She is the favorite for a medal in slalom and giant slalom — and she might add the other three individual women’s races to her Pyeongchang itinerary.

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Watch live on NBC 7, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, or on digital platforms at this link.

The U.S. men’s hockey team gets its Olympics started with a match-up against Slovenia. It will be the first time since the 1994 Lillehammer Games that NHL players will not be among those taking the ice in an Olympics. There will be former NHL players in Pyeongchang though, including Milford’s Mark Arcobello. Arcobello went on to play for Yale University. He played for 5 different teams, most recently the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016.

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim competing in the pairs portion of the team skating event. Photo credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Signs Everywhere: Logos Inescapable in Olympic Advertising WarsYou can’t escape the marketing at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Major corporations pay big bucks to ensure you see their logo, and it all began at the summer games in 1932 when Los Angeles decided to organize their advertising with an Olympic theme. Today, becoming a four-year top-level partner at the Olympics is estimated to cost about $100 million, according to Reuters.

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim were named the sole U.S. pair skaters for the Pyeongchang Games in January after a tough journey to the Olympics. The couple met in 2012, when then-Alexa Scimeca split from her first partner, and the following year earned a silver medal at the 2013 U.S. Championships. They married in 2016, but soon afterward she needed multiple abdominal surgeries for a life-threatening condition; they missed most of the 2016-17 season’s competitions.

This will be Shiffrin’s first race of a busy schedule — she’ll be back on the mountain Thursday morning (Wednesday night in the U.S.) for the giant slalom. Skiing two races in two days shouldn’t be a problem for Shiffrin — World Cup races are often held on consecutive days. She is the favorite for a medal in slalom and giant slalom — and she might add the other three individual women’s races to her Pyeongchang itinerary.

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Now, they are expected to compete four times in Pyeongchang. On the opening day of the figure skating team event, they finished fourth in the pairs’ free skate.

On Tuesday night, the couple will compete in the short program to “Come What May” from “Moulin Rouge.”

After the giant slalom race was postponed due to dangerous winds Monday, Shiffrin will first ski in her signature event, the slalom. Shiffrin was the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion at the Sochi Games at age 18, and she’s the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years. She hopes to become the first person to win the slalom gold medal twice in a row.

No doubt, San Diegans will be rooting for our hometown Olympian. Chris Knierim is from Ramona and started skating as a child at the San Diego Ice Area.

Watch live on NBC 7, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, or on digital platforms at this link. 

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin on Feb. 10 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Photo credit: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

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Two days later than expected, Mikaela Shiffrin will make her Pyeongchang debut on Wednesday morning (Tuesday night in the U.S.).

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After the giant slalom race was postponed due to dangerous winds Monday, Shiffrin will first ski in her signature event, the slalom. Shiffrin was the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion at the Sochi Games at age 18, and she’s the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years. She hopes to become the first person to win the slalom gold medal twice in a row.

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This will be Shiffrin’s first race of a busy schedule — she’ll be back on the mountain Thursday morning (Wednesday night in the U.S.) for the giant slalom. Skiing two races in two days shouldn’t be a problem for Shiffrin — World Cup races are often held on consecutive days. She is the favorite for a medal in slalom and giant slalom — and she might add the other three individual women’s races to her Pyeongchang itinerary.

Lindsey Vonn, another standout American skier, will not compete in the slalom.

Manganello, an Olympic rookie, had a cold in recent days, which kept her off the ice until Monday. She was confined to her room at the athletes village and her roommates moved elsewhere to prevent them from getting sick.

Watch live on NBC 7, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. PT, or on digital platforms at this link.

Bergsma’s final time of 1 minute, 56.74 seconds was well off her personal best of 1:50.85, also the current world mark she set two years ago. She finished 2.39 seconds behind gold medalist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands.

  Nordic combined athletes Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher before the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

4. Fletcher Brothers Bring Sibling Rivalry to the Slopes in Cross-Country Skiing, Jumping

Bryan and Taylor Fletcher continue their sibling rivalry on the slopes in the Nordic combined event, a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Bryan Fletcher, 31, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4 and kept his mind off chemotherapy sessions with ski jumping. After he turned to the Nordic combined, his younger brother, Taylor, followed. Taylor Fletcher made his Olympic debut in Vancouver; both brothers competed in Sochi. 

Germany is the country to beat. The Nordic combined is dominated by five-time World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Eric Frenzel of Germany, who won the normal hill event in Sochi, placed 10th in the large hill competition after he got ill and helped Germany will silver in the team event. Other top competitors include: Johannes Rydzek of Germany, a two-time Olympian in the sport, winning team silver and bronze medals; Jason Lamy-Chappuis of France, a gold medalist in the Nordic combined; and Jorgen Graabak, the Olympic gold medalist on the Nordic combined large hill. 

Watch live on NBCSN beginning at 11:30 p.m. PT Tuesday or on digital platforms at this link.

Head coach Tony Granato of the Men’s USA Ice Hockey Team works practice ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre on Feb. 9, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Photo credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The U.S. men’s hockey team has not won a gold medal since the “Miracle on Ice” team of 1980, but on Monday the team’s coach told reporters, according to The Los Angeles Times: “To win we don’t need a miracle. We need to be at our best for two weeks.”

For the first time since the 1994 Olympic Games, NHL players will not be part of the teams’ rosters. Team USA makes its Pyeongchang debut Wednesday morning against Slovenia.

The Russians are favored for the gold medal, with NHL-level talent such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk, Slava Voynov and Nikita Gusev, all of whom play in the major Russian professional league. The team has been called the “red machine” and it’s the one to beat.

Watch Team USA take on Slovenia live on NBCSN at 4:10 a.m. PT Wednesday or on digital platforms at this link.

Americans Arielle Gold and Kelly Clark battled for the bronze medal. Ultimately, Gold bumped Clark out of third by landing a frontside 1080 in her final run.

It was a comeback story of sorts. Gold was forced to withdraw before the competition even started at the 2014 Games after a scary fall in the halfpipe during practice resulted in a dislocated shoulder.

On the Today Show Tuesday, the Colorado native said she knew she had the potential to get to the medal stand. 

Watch the interview and hear how Gold said she used visualization to achieve her success here.

Erin Hamlin, America’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony, was unable to defend her bronze medal in singles luge Tuesday, coming in sixth in the competition that will be her last. 

Hamlin is retiring after the Pyeongchang Games, her fourth Olympics. The medal she won at the 2014 Winer Olympics was Team USA’s first Olympic singles luge medal in the sport’s 50-year Olympic history. 

Fellow American Emily Sweeney crashed in the final round of sliding, bringing the competition to a halt as she received medical attention, but she was ultimately able to walk off the track. 

Defending Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won another gold.


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