Women's 5,000M Odds
A true test of endurance will be on display in the Women’s 5,000 Meter Speed Skating event as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In this event, the skating takes place on a 400 meter oval ice rink. Timed to one-hundredth of a second, athletes compete in by skating counter-clockwise around the oval and changing lanes once per lap, which equals out the distance.
The three-time world champion for the 5,000 meter, Martina Sablikova, is favored to win the gold in this event.
Sablikova has odds of 3/10 to win the gold medal according to online sports book Brobury Sports. Other short odds to win are Stephanie Beckert (5/1), Clara Hughes (9/1), and Cindy Klassen (14/1).
Sablikova competes for the Czech Repubic and she has won the 2009, 2008, and 2007 world championship for this event while also winning the 2009 all-around title.
Beckert competes for Germany with the 5,000 meter considered her strongest race. Her best finish came in the 2008-09 World Cup, where she finished fourth.
Hughes competes for Canada and she is also a cyclist along with being a speed skater. Hughes won the gold medal in the 2006 Olympics for the 5,000 meter.
Klassen competes for Canada as well and she won the bronze medal in this event in the 2006 Olympics. She has not medaled in this event since on the global stage.
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Odds to win Women’s 5,000 Meter Speed Skating at 2010 Winter Olympics
Martina Sablikova (CZE) 3/10
Stephanie Beckert (GER) 5/1
Clara Hughes (CAN) 9/1
Cindy Klassen (CAN) 14/1
Daniela Anschutz-thoms (GER) 16/1
Kristina Groves (CAN) 18/1
Elma de Vries (NED) 40/1
Maren Haugli (NOR) 80/1
Jorien Voorhuis (NED) 66/1
Masako Hozumi (JPN) 80/1
Posted: 2/10/10 2:28PM ET