Men's Downhill Skiing

Men’s Downhill Alpine Skiing is one of the opening events to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the odds are out for who is expected to take the gold.

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The men’s downhill skiing event features the highest speeds and longest courses in alpine skiing. Each athlete makes a single run down one course. The fastest time determines who will take home the gold medal.

Most favored in the 2010 Winter Olympics men’s downhill skiing is Swiss veteran, Didier Cuche. Cuche, 35, is favored to win the gold with the odds of 3/1 according to online sports book

Other short odds to win are Austrian Michael Walchhofer (4/1), Carlo Janka (7/1) and Manuel Osborne-Paradis (8/1)

Cuche, who says he will still be able to compete despite a broken right thumb, plans to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics with a specially designed splint. Cuche already has one 2010 victory and was the downhill season champion in the 2007 and 2008 World Cup. He has one Olympic silver medal from the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and won a silver medal in the downhill 2009 World Championships event in France.

Another short odd to win is 2003 downhill world champion Michael Walchhofer who will be 34 by the time he competes in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Walchhofer, from Austria, competed in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy and won a silver medal in the downhill event.  He placed first in the downhill World Cup in 2005, 2006 and 2009 and also won three world championship medals, including a gold in the 2003 downhill and a bronze in the 2005 downhill.

Swiss rising star Carlo “Ice Man” Janka, 23, won a 2009 bronze World Championship medal for downhill skiing in 2009 and finished 7th overall in the World Cup.

The 2010 Winter Olympics take place from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada beginning Friday, Feb. 12. and concluding Sunday, Feb. 28. For complete odds on men’s downhill alpine skiing, see below.

Odds to win the gold medal in Men’s Downhill Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Didier Cuche 3/1    

Michael Walchhofer 4/1    

Carlo Janka 7/1    

Manuel Osborne-Paradis 8/1

Aksel Lund Svindal 9/1     

Bode Miller 10/1    

Didier Defago 15/1    

Werner Heel 15/1    

Erik Guay 15/1    

Klaus Kroell 18/1    

Marco Buchel 25/1    

Robbie Dixon 25/1    

Christof Innerhofer 30/1    

Ambrosi Hoffman 30/1    

Andrej Jerman 30/1    

Marco Sullivan 30/1    

Hans Olsson 50/1    

Adrien Theaux 50/1   

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Posted: 2/9/10 3:38PM ET

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