Women's Moguls Odds

More creative than your average skiing event, the Women’s Moguls provides plenty of entertainment for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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According to vancouver2010.com, athletes in the moguls choose which of the three to four different lines they will ski down on the mogul course. After the start signal, they ski down a steep slope and over a series of offset large bumps (moguls) as high as 1.2 meters, spaced between three to four meters apart. There are two sets of ‘air bumps’, one near the top of the course, the other near the bottom, where the skiers are required to perform two different jumps of their own choice. The goal is to ski down the course as fast as possible while performing the two jumps without technical errors or loss of balance. Different mogul jumps include the 360- to 1080-degree spins, loops (side flips), off axis jumps, back and front flips, and flips with twists. The jumps can incorporate different grabs or holds of the legs or skis. Going down the moguls, skiers need to keep their upper bodies facing straight down the hill while their lower body and skis are constantly turning. Maintaining snow contact with the skis is an important element. All competitors participate in a qualification round. The top 20 skiers from the round move into the final with the start list in reverse order of the qualification results. The five “turn” judges award points based on the quality of the skiers’ turns, making deductions for technical mistakes. The two “air” judges determine what jump was performed, how high they are off the jump, and the jump’s quality. Each run is timed and compared to a pace-time set for the course, with the fast skiers being awarded more points. The skier with the highest score in the final round wins.

The defending Olympic gold medalist, Jennifer Heil, is favored to win this event.

Heil has odds of 3/2 to win the gold medal according to online sports book Sportsbook.com. Other short odds to win are Hannah Kearney (9/2), Heather McPhie (11/2), and Kristi Richards (9/1).

Heil, who represents Canada, won the gold in 2006 and has recently fared well in the world championships. She won the gold in the dual moguls in 2009 and 2007 while taking second in the moguls in 2009 and 2007.

Kearney competes for the United States and is the 2005 world champion in this event. She competed in the 2006 Olympics, but a fall kept her from competing for a medal. She took the bronze in the 2009 World Championships in the dual moguls.

McPhie competes for the U.S. and she will be making her Olympic debut this year. She qualified by taking second in the moguls in a FIS World Cup event in January 2010.

Richards competes for Canada and is the 2007 world champion in moguls. She placed seventh in the moguls 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 which competitor will win the women’s moguls, see below

Odds to win Freestyle Skiing Women’s Moguls at 2010 Winter Olympics

Jennifer Heil (CAN) 3/2 

Hannah Kearney ( USA) 9/2 

Heather Mcphie ( USA) 11/2 

Kristi Richards (CAN) 9/1 

Shannon Bahrke ( USA) 10/1 

Aiko Uemura (JPN) 10/1 

Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (CAN) 14/1 

Nikola Sudova (CZE) 14/1 

Michelle Roark ( USA) 16/1 

Margarita Marbler (AUT) 16/1 

Audrey Robichaud (CAN) 25/1 

Ekaterina Stolyarova (RUS 33/1 

Miki Ito (JPN) 50/1 

Deborah Scanzio (ITA) 50/1 

Darya Rybalova (KAZ) 50/1 

Yulia Galysheva (KAZ) 50/1 

Marina Kaffka (GER) 50/1 

Regina Rakhimova (RUS) 66/1

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Posted: 2/11/10 10:58AM ET

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