Biathlon Women's Ind.

In a race that seems to be up in the air for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Biathlon Women’s 15 Kilometer Individual event has a very defined pre-race favorite.

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In this event, the 15-kilometer race is skied over five laps. The biathlete shoots four times at any shooting lane following each lap in the order of prone, standing, prone, standing, totaling 20 targets. For each missed target a fixed penalty time of one minute is added to the skiing time of the biathlete. Competitors' starts are staggered, normally by 30 seconds. The gold medal winner is the individual with the best overall time.

Considered to be the top biathlete coming into the 2010 Olympics, Sweden’s Helena Jonsson is favored to win the gold in this event.

Jonsson enters the Olympics with odds of 2/1 according to online sports book SBGGLOBAL. Other short odds to win are The Field (6/1), Magdalena Neuner (8/1), Svetlana Sleptsova (8/1), and Anna Carin Olofsson (9/1).

Jonsson has yet to win this event on the world stage, but she is a three-time medalist in the 2009 world championships, including a gold in the 10km pursuit.

Neuner has one win in her career in this event, which came in World Cup competition during the 2008-09 season. Neuner is better known for her sprint and pursuit events.

Sleptsova has had success in the world stage in relay events as part of Russia. She has not won in this event on the world stage, but she is the Russian National Champion for the individual.

Olofsson, a competitor out of Sweden, has not won this event on the world stage, but has two individual medals from the 2006 Olympics, including a gold in the mass start. She finished 15th in this event in the 2006 Olympics.

The 2010 Winter Olympics take place from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada beginning Friday, Feb. 12. and concluding Sunday, Feb. 28. For complete odds on the biathlon women’s 15km individual, see below.

Odds to win the gold medal in the Biathlon Women’s 15KM Individual event at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Helena Jonsson 2/1    

Field (Any Other Player) 6/1    

Magdalena Neuner 8/1    

Svetlana Sleptsova 8/1    

Anna Carin Olofsson 9/1    

Tora Berger 15/1    

Kati Wilhelm 15/1    

Martina Beck 15/1    

Anastasia Kuzmina 20/1    

Andrea Henkel 20/1    

Darya Domracheva 22/1    

Olga Medvedtseva 25/1    

Simone Hauswald 25/1    

Olga Zaitseva 25/1    

Anna Bogali 25/1    

Kaisa Makarainen 30/1    

Sandrine Bailly 35/1    

Marie Laure Brunet 50/1    

Oksana Khvostenko 50/1    

Nadezhda Skardino 50/1    

Vita Semerenko 50/1    

Anna Boulygina 50/1    

Teja Gregorin 50/1    

Michela Ponza 75/1    

Zina Kocher 75/1    

Valj Semerenko 75/1    

Natalia Levtchenkova 75/1  

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Posted: 1/29/10 3:22PM ET


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