Men's 5,000M Relay

The competition to see which team will win the Men’s 5,000 Meter Relay in short track speed skating should be exciting at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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In the Olympics, short track speed skating takes place on a 111.12-meter oval track within a hockey rink, which features tight corners that make it harder to get around corners.  Short track relays take place over two days and consist of semi-final and final. Eight teams of four skaters compete with a substitute available if needed. The teams decide how many laps each of their members will race, but the final two laps must be covered by the same skater, typically most skaters average 1.5 laps per-turn, meaning there are seven to eight exchanges within the team each race. When an exchange is made the skater on the ice needs to tag the next skater to complete an exchange.

The defending world champions, China, are favored to take the gold for this Olympics.

South Korea has odds of 8/15 to win the gold medal according to online sports book SBGGLOBAL. Other short odds to win are Canada (3/2), USA (6/1), and China (12/1).

South Korea won the 2006 Olympic gold medal, edging Canada by .4 off a second. In 2008 and 2007, they were crowned the world champions for the relay.

Canada finished second at the 2006 Olympics and also in the 2008 and 2007 world championships.

The United States won the bronze in the 2006 Olympics for the relay. Since, the U.S. won the 2009 world championships and finished third in the 2007 world championships.

China placed in fifth in this event in the 2006 Olympics but came in second in the 2009 world championships.

The 2010 Winter Olympics take place from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada beginning Friday, Feb. 12. and concluding Sunday, Feb. 28. For complete odds on which team will win the Men’s 5,000 Meter Short Track Speed Skating Relay event, see below.

Odds to win Men’s 5,000 Meter Short Track Speed Skating Relay at 2010 Winter Olympics

South Korea 8/15 

Canada 3/2 

USA 6/1 

China 12/1 

Italy 66/1 

Germany 80/1

Great Britain 80/1 

France 125/1 

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Posted: 2/9/10 4:29PM ET

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