Women's Ski Cross Odds

A possible Canadian medals sweep could be in the works in the Women’s Ski Cross at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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According to nbcsports.com, Although new to the Olympic sport program, ski cross has existed as a sport since the early days of alpine skiing competition. The “mass start” appeal of ski cross, also seen in snowboard cross, sets the stage for fast and exciting competition. The ski cross course, designed to test skiers’ skills, incorporates turns in a variety of types and sizes, flat sections and traverses, as well as rolls, banks and ridges similar to those found on a normal ski slope. Structures on the course resemble those found in snowboard cross events. Physical endurance and strength play a key role in ski cross as athletes ski four to five runs lasting 60 seconds or longer. A timed qualification run is used to seed skiers into different heats, of four skiers each. At the sound of the starting device, the athlete begins racing down the course. The start, as well as the first sections before the first turn, are critical parts of the course, as passing can easily occur here. While other passing areas are designated on the course, interference with other skiers can lead to an athlete’s disqualification. Each race is limited to four starters. The top half of the finishing field then moves on to the next round in a series of quarter, semi and final rounds. During each heat, the first two competitors to cross the finish line advance to the next heat, while the last two competitors are ranked based on qualification times. The “big final” round determines which athletes place first to fourth, while the “small final” determines those who rank from fifth to eighth place.

A four-time X Games champion in the ski cross, Ophelie David, is favored to win the gold but three Canadians are also among the short odds to win.

David has odds of 5/2 to win the gold medal according to online sports book SBGGLOBAL. Other short odds to win are Ashleigh McIvor (9/2), Kelsey Serwa (5/1), and Julia Murray (9/1).

David competes for France and has won the gold in the X Games the last four years in this event. She is also the 2007 world champion for the ski cross.

McIvor competes for Canada and she is the 2009 world champion in the ski cross. She finished runner to up David in the 2010 X Games event.

Serwa also competes for Canada. She recently placed third in the 2010 X Games ski cross competition.

Murray also competes for Canada but she is dealing with a knee injury that forced her to miss the X games. She underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn ligaments in her knee early this month and she will compete in this event despite the injury.

The 2010 Winter Olympics take place from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and began on Friday, Feb. 12. and will be concluding Sunday, Feb. 28. For complete odds on which competitor will win the wommen’s ski cross, see below

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

Ophelie David 5/2 

Ashleigh Mcivor 9/2 

Kelsey Serwa 5/1 

Julia Murray 9/1 

Fanny Smith 10/1 

Anna Holmlund 12/1 

Martehie Gjefsen 16/1 

Meryll Boulangeat 16/1 

Katherina Gutensohn 16/1 

Hedda Berntsen 20/1 

Karin Huttary 20/1 

Magdalena Iljans 20/1 

Marion Josserand 25/1 

Sasa Fabric 25/1 

Sanna Luedi 25/1 

Gro Kvinlog 33/1 

Julia Manhard 33/1 

Danielle Poleschuk 50/1 

Emile Serain 50/1 

Noriko Fukushima 50/1 

Jenny Owens 50/1 

Andrea Limbacher 66/1 

Katrin Mueller 66/1 

Katrin Ofner 66/1 

Anna Woerner 80/1 

Julie Jensen 80/1 

Heidi Zacher 80/1 

Micheller Grieg 80/1 

Katya Crema 100/1 

Sophie Fjellvang Slling 100/1

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Posted: 2/21/10 10:10AM ET

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