USA Gold Medal Total Pick
Will the 2016 Rio Olympics be the United States’ time to shine. Here’s our take on what to expect from them in Brazil?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the over/under total for gold medals for the USA at this Olympics has been set at 42.5. The over is listed with a money line of -105, while the under has been set at -125. The Rio Olympics take place from August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
No country has dominated the Summer Olympics like the United States. They have won a total of 976 gold medals over 26 different summer games. That is an average of 37.5 per game Olympics. Their total of 976 gold medals are nearly three times as many as the next country.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the United States finished with 46 gold medals and 103 total medals. Both were the most of any country competing. They had just 36 in the 2008 games and again in the 2004 games.
Clearly the United States has some events that they should excel in, like basketball. But, the key to such a lofty total comes in fringe sports. Can an American win golf? How many golds can the gymnastics teams win? What about the lesser-known sports? It’s hard to stay informed on each of the events taking place in the Summer games. Still, the Americans bring the most talented team and are capable of getting to 43 gold medals, as was seen in 2012. With the odds paying out more with the over, I suggest taking your chances.
2016 RIO SUMMER OLYMPICS PICK: USA OVER 42.5 GOLD MEDALS (-105)