Women's Luge Odds

The dangers of the luge have been made all to clear on Friday, but here is a look at which women is most likely to win the gold medal in the Women’s Luge at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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According to vancouver2010.com, in luge, racers begin by sitting on open fiberglass sleds. Pulling on fixed handles in the ice, they burst out of the start. After this explosive start, they use spiked gloves on the ice surface for extra acceleration before lying down on their backs, feet stretched out in front of them, heads back to be as aerodynamic as possible. Luge racers steer using their legs and shoulders, and brake by sitting up, putting their feet down and pulling up on the sled runners. The singles events consist of four heats over two days. The individual with the lowest combined time over the four runs wins.

A two-time world champion, Tatjana Hufner, is favored to win the gold in this event.

Hufner has odds of 7/10 to win the gold medal in this event according to online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Other short odds to win are Natalie Geisenberger (6/5), and Erin Hamlin (16/1).

Hufner competes for Germany and she won the 2008 and 2007 world championships. She won the bronze in the 2006 Olympics and also was a runner-up in the 2004 and 2006 world championships.

Geisenberger has finished runner-up in the last two world championships while also winning a gold in the mixed team event. Geisenberger competes for Germany.

Hamline competes for the United States and is just 23 years of age. She is the defending world champion and will be competing in her first Olympic games.

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 athlete will win the women’s luge, see below.

Odds to win Women’s Luge at 2010 Winter Olympics

Tatjana Hufner 7/10 

Natalie Geisenberger 6/5 

Erin Hamlin 16/1 

Anke Wischnewski 25/1 

Alex Gough 25/1 

Nina Reithmayer 40/1 

Veronika Halder 50/1 

Natalia Yakushenko 50/1 

Martina Kocher 80/1 

Alexandra Rodionova 80/1 

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Posted: 2/12/10 5:25PM ET

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