Women's Mass Start

In just its second appearance in the Winter Olympics, the Biathlon Women’s 12.5 Kilometer Mass Start will be a frantic race for a gold medal among the top biathletes in the world.

Bet The 2010 Winter Olympics

In this event, competitors race over five 2.5-kilometer laps, shooting twenty times for the race, five after each lap. Ten shots are done prone and ten standing. Each miss requires a competitor to ski a 150-metre penalty loop. The first to cross the finish line wins the gold medal.

Swedish biathlete, Helena Jonsson, is favored to win this event heading into the Olympics.

Jonsson has been given odds of 4/1 to win according to online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Other short odds to win are The Field (4/1), Magdalena Neuner (5/1), and Svetlana Sleptsova (5/1).

Jonsson took third place in the 2009 world championships in the mass start. She has won two world cup mass start events in her career.

Neuner won the 2008 world championship in the mass start, but finished seventh in the 2009 event. She has won three mass start events on the world stage in her career.

Sleptsova is a Russian relay specialist, as she is part of the 2009 world champion relay team of Russia. She has yet to win an individual mass start event on the world stage.

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 12.5km mass start, see below.

Odds to win the gold medal in the Biathlon Women’s 12.5KM Mass Start event at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Helena Jonsson 4/1  

Field (Any Other Player) 4/1  

Magdalena Neuner 5/1    

Svetlana Sleptsova 5/1    

Anna Carin Olofsson 10/1    

Darya Domracheva 15/1    

Andrea Henkel 15/1    

Tora Berger 15/1    

Kati Wilhelm 15/1    

Anastasia Kuzmina 20/1    

Olga Zaitseva 20/1    

Martina Beck 22/1    

Anna Bogali 25/1    

Simone Hauswald 25/1    

Sandrine Bailly 30/1    

Olga Medvedtseva 30/1    

Kaisa Mäkäräinen 30/1    

Teja Gregorin 35/1    

Zina Kocher 50/1    

Anna Boulygina 50/1    

Vita Semerenko 50/1    

Marie Laure Brunet 50/1    

Valj Semerenko 70/1    

Bet The 2010 Winter Olympics

Posted: 1/30/10 12:44PM ET

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