They’re just around the corner and things are heating up for snow sports! We are of course talking about the winter Olympics.
The growth of popularity in winter sports on a global scale means that now, more so than ever before, there is a greater opportunity to qualify for the games and fly the flag for your respective country and win all important medals.
Here at PledgeSports we have a lot of people who will be competing in competing in Pyeongchang 2018 so we are naturally biased in our favourites, but every year it’s a race for medals between all the countries involved and in the run up medal predictions are always a hot topic of conversation.
In the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, just under 2,800 athletes attended, representing a staggering 88 different nations. And here’s what the medal count looked like. (Source Wikipedia)
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Pyeongchang 2018 medal predictions
There are lot of predictions out there for medal counts. According to this U.S. sportsbook, USA is favoured behind Norway and Germany in the gold medal count
U.S.-based Gracenote, a sports and entertainment data provider, put out its calculations nine months before Pyeongchang 2018. They predicted that Germany is predicted to win 14 gold medals and 35 overall. Next is Norway with 12 gold and 34 overall, followed by the United States with 10 gold and 32 overall.
The calculations assume Russia’s full team will participate and not be subject to a doping ban.
As expected, the list of categories in which athletes compete is quite a lengthy one. There are 15 categories in total, with 63 different events divided up among the categories.
The categories of competition are:
- Alpine Skiing
- Cross-country Skiing
- Figure Skating
- Freestyle Skiing
- Ice Hockey
- Nordic Combined
- Short Track Speed Skating
- Ski Jumping
- Speed Skating
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And if there is another fastest sport you can think of, please let us know.