Women's skiathlon 2018 Olympics Odds
Who will win women's skiathlon during the 2018 Olympics?
As far as cross-country skiing goes, Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea will most likely offer quite a few surprise. The newly renovated and rebuilt course is ensuring the athletes will be able to compete at a truly top of the line course. So when the Winter Olympics begin, we'll be sure to experience some world class skiing.
Women's skiathlon takes place Feburary 10 and will have some of the worlds top female skiers compete for the gold medal. Skiathlon is structured in a way that the athletes will have to apply two techniques following each other, both classic and freestyle. The difference between them being that classic means the skiers race using the traditional diagonal stride which could be described as basic skiing. Freestyle in contrast means that they usually apply a skating motion. The latter means that the skiers will be able to achieve much higher speeds.
The women will be competing on a course with a set distance at 15 kilometers. Completing it usually takes around 30-40 minutes. As skiathlon will be the first event of the 2018 Winter Olympics, the expectations will naturally be high. As usual, the Nordic countries will have a certain edge due to their long history of performance. But Russia, USA and even the unexpected Italy will have a lot to bring to the table. Being the first event of the Olympics, skiathlon has become somewhat of a guessing point for which country, and which skiers, will have the best chances during the Olympics.
As far as betting on individual athletes goes. Due to reoccurring injuries and uncertainties in regards to the makeup of the teams, it would be a fools game to make predictions. But what we can be sure of is that we'll see world class skiers compete at a course that has been built to perfection.