Curling betting: Guide to the Winter Olympics competitions
The leading medal contenders in the curling betting
‘Stones of Destiny’ have proved elusive for Great Britain in the 20 years since more than six million viewers stayed up after midnight to watch Rhona Martin conjure her famous final act of the Olympic women’s curling final in Salt Lake City.
Two medals in Sochi in 2014 went some way to satiating the nation’s quadrennial bout of curling-mania, but with three genuine medal prospects heading into Beijing, Britain has arguably never had a better chance of re-living Martin’s success.
With the mixed doubles competition in the Chinese capital about to begin, here’s a timely guide to the curling betting markets – and why another late-night curling extravaganza may prove impossible to resist.
Bruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds (pictured below) head into the mixed doubles event – making its second appearance on the Olympic programme – as reigning world champions and 11/5 favourites.
Mixed curling is played with a reduced five stones per team per end, and includes a ‘powerplay’ rule – available once per game, in which teams are allowed to re-position two of the stones.
Now or never for Eve
Eve Muirhead heads into her fourth Olympics still chasing that elusive gold. Despite being the youngest skip to win a World Championship in 2013, and taking bronze in Sochi, Muirhead has flattered to deceive on the biggest stage.
But a tough qualifying campaign – in which her otherwise inexperienced rink flirted with elimination – could prove a blessing in disguise for the steely-focused 31-year-old and her team are joint 5/2 favourites to win gold.
Mouat the merrier
Both Mouat and Dodds will sweep straight into the start of their respective team competitions once the mixed doubles competition concludes.
The women face a tough opening day against Switzerland and Sweden on February 10, while the men start against Italy.
Five-time world champion Niklas Edin, whose Sweden team denied Mouat in Calgary, are a serious threat and are 4/1 for what would be a first Olympic gold, with Switzerland (8/1) and defending champions the USA (20/1) also fancied.
Sweden are also 5/2 in the women’s event but watch out for South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’, who lit up Pyeongchang and will be looking to retain that momentum after coming through qualifying. They can be backed at 16/1 in the outright curling odds.
Curling calamity struck the sport’s traditional super-power in Pyeongchang where, despite winning the inaugural mixed doubles competition, they failed to medal in either the men’s or women’s team events for the first time.
Brad Gushue, a gold medallist in 2006, will return to lead the men’s team and they are seen as Great Britain’s main rivals at 2/1 while 2014 winner Jennifer Jones returns in the women’s event and Canada are 5/2 to win gold – the same price as Great Britain and Sweden.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication