Despite the relatively small size of the Australian Olympic Team in Pyeongchang (51), they are tipped to capture a record amount of medals with many even predicting as many as five. The current record stands at three (2010, 2014), but with five athletes ranked inside the Top 10 in each of their respective disciplines that figure could be shattered in relatively quick time. Although much attention will centre around Alex Pullin in the Snowboard Cross given his world No. 1 ranking, Australia has as many as 10 medal hopes ranging from Aerials to the Snowboard Halfpipe. Here we take a look at some of the top medal chances.
Known by the nickname ‘Chumpy’, Alex Pullin is perhaps Australia’s most recognisable Winter Olympian. Despite missing out on a Top 3 spot in both Sochi and Vancouver, he enters this with plenty of expectation after a stellar 2017 that was highlighted by a World Cup win in Argentina. Although his form leading into this tournament has dipped slightly, he hasn’t missed out on a place inside the Top 10 in all competition since late December. Frenchman Pierre Vaultier enters this event as favourite, but Pullin certainly can’t be ruled out of the equation at $8. As an aside it might also be worth considering the other Aussie in this event, Adam Lambert. The highly-regarded 20-year old, has a silver medal in World Cup competition and may be worth having a nibble on at generous double digit odds.
Ranked No.3 in the world in mguls, Graham has proved he has the talent to land a spot on the podium. Although questions remain whether he’ll be able to beat favourite Mikael Kingsbury, the New South Welshman has beaten his rival on multiple occasions and is in form after taking out a a World Cup event last year. Although it would seem he’s competing for silver or bronze, the juicy $10 odds for him to take gold should be considered.
At just 23-years of age, Cox is competing in her third Olympic Games (best previous result: 5th) with this edition perhaps her best chance yet of snaring the ultimate prize. Cox had a successful 2017 which included victory in the World Championships in Spain and a World Cup win in Finland. At $6.50 to win gold, the Victorian is on the third line of betting behind Jaelin Kauf ($3.00) and Pierenne Laffont ($4.75).
Australia has accumulated 12 medals in its relatively short Winter Games history. Two of those medals belong to Lydia Lassila. Taking the gold in Vancouver and bronze in Sochi, the 36-year old has every chance of once again finishing on the podium. Despite a relatively short lead-in to this event given she only returned to competition last year, Lassila won her first event back and took out a World Cup event earlier this year, showing she must be considered at odds hovering around the $10 mark. Perhaps one one her biggest threats for a medal is compatriot Danielle Scott. At $8, Scott will be very popular with punters given she finished 2nd in the world last year after a season that had four Top 3 finishes in seven World Cup events.