Canada Gold Medal Pick
The Summer Olympics haven’t been a great success for Canada in the past. Will the Rio games be any different?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the over/under total for gold medals for Canada at this Olympics has been set at just 2.5. The over is listed with a money line of -140, while the under has been set at +105. The Rio Olympics take place from August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Canada has taken home 59 gold medals over 25 Summer Olympic Games. That ranks 20th all-time. The Canadians are averaging 2.3 gold medals per Summer Olympics.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Canada won just 1 gold medal, but finished with a total of 18. At the 2008 games in Beijing, Canada acquired three gold medals and 19 total medals. They also won three gold medals at the 2004 games.
Canada has some capable athletes, as shown by putting up nearly 20 medals at the last Summer Games. The key is for Canada to have a few break through and pick up a gold medal. The Canadians have some impressive sprinters, led by 2015 NCAA Champion Andre De Grasse. With so many Canadians able to compete for at least a medal, the safe play is to go with the over of 2.5 golds. If they can amass 15-20 medals this Olympics, some are likely to break through and win gold.
2016 RIO SUMMER OLYMPICS PICK: CANADA OVER 2.5 GOLD MEDALS (-140)