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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Predictions by Sport and Predicted Medal Count

Who will be standing atop the podium next month in Sochi? Which country will reign supreme in the medal count? [Associated Press]

Who will be standing atop the podium next month in Sochi? Which country will reign supreme in the medal count? [Associated Press]

Who is most likely to win each event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? We’ve broken down it down, event by event, to let you know the athletes to watch for in Russia next month. Here are our picks in each sport, along with links to previews of each discipline:

 

Women's Alpine Skiing Medal Favorites

SUPER COMBINEDMaria Höfl-Riesch (GER)Tina Maze (SLO)Nicole Hosp (AUT)
DOWNHILLTina Maze (SLO)Maria Höfl-Riesch (GER)Stacey Cook (USA)
SUPER GTina Maze (SLO)Julia Mancuso (USA)Anna Fenninger (AUT)
GIANT SLALOMTina Maze (SLO)Viktoria Rebensburg (GER)Anna Fenninger (AUT)
SLALOMMikaela Shiffrin (USA)Tina Maze (SLO)Maria Höfl-Riesch (GER)

Men's Alpine Skiing Medal Favorites

SUPER COMBINEDIvica Kostelic (CRO)Ted Ligety (USA)Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
DOWNHILLAksel Lund Svindal (NOR)Dominik Paris (ITA)Klaus Kröll (AUT)
SUPER GAksel Lund Svindal (NOR)Ted Ligety (USA)Matteo Marsaglia (ITA)
GIANT SLALOMTed Ligety (USA)Marcel Hirscher (AUT)Carlo Janka (SUI)
SLALOMMarcel Hirscher (AUT)Ivica Kostelic (CRO)Felix Neureuther (GER)

ALPINE SKIING PREVIEW

 

Men's Biathlon Medal Favorites

SPRINTEmil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)Martin Fourcade (FRA)Jakov Fak (CRO)
PURSUITEmil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)Martin Fourcade (FRA)Björn Ferry (SWE)
MASS STARTMartin Fourcade (FRA)Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)Evgeny Ustyugov (RUS)
INDIVIDUALMartin Fourcade (FRA)Tim Burke (USA)Fredrik Lindström (SWE)
RELAYNorwayFranceRussia

Women's Biathlon Medal Favorites

SPRINTDarya Domracheva (BLR)Tora Berger (NOR)Selina Gasparin (SUI)
PURSUITTora Berger (NOR)Darya Domracheva (BLR)Gabriela Soukalova (CZE)
MASS STARTDarya Domracheva (BLR)Tora Berger (NOR)Synnøve Solemdal (NOR)
INDIVIDUALTora Berger (NOR)Gabriela Soukalova (CZE)Valj Semerenko (BLR)
RELAYUkraineGermanyNorway

BIATHLON PREVIEW

 

 

Men's Curling Medal Favorites

SWEDEN:
Skip: Niklas Edin
Third: Sebastian Kraupp
Second: Fredrik Lindberg
Lead: Viktor Kjäll
Alternate: Oskar Eriksson
NORWAY:
Skip: Thomas Ulsrud
Third: Torger Nergård
Second: Christoffer Svae
Lead: Håvard Vad Petersson
Alternate: Markus Høiberg
CANADA:
Skip: Brad Jacobs
Third: Ryan Fry
Second: E. J. Harnden
Lead: Ryan Harnden
Alternate: Caleb Flaxey

Women's Curling Medal Favorites

GREAT BRITAIN:
Skip: Eve Muirhead
Third: Anna Sloan
Second: Vicki Adams
Lead: Claire Hamilton
Alternate: Lauren Gray
SWEDEN:
Fourth: Maria Prytz
Third: Christina Bertrup
Second: Maria Wennerström
Skip: Margaretha Sigfridsson
Alternate: Agnes Knochenhauer
SWITZERLAND:
Skip: Mirjam Ott
Third: Carmen Schäfer
Second: Carmen Küng
Lead: Janine Greiner
Alternate: Alina Pätz

CURLING PREVIEW

 

 

Figure Skating Medal Favorites

MEN'SPatrick Chan (CAN)Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)Javier Fernández (ESP)
LADIES'Kim Yu-Na (KOR)Carolina Kostner (ITA)Mao Asada (JPN)
PAIRSVolosozhar/Trankov (RUS)Savchenko/Szolkowy (GER)Pang/Tong (CHN)
ICE DANCEDavis/White (USA)Virtue/Moir (CAN)Bobrova/Soloviev (RUS)
TEAMCanadaJapanRussia

FIGURE SKATING PREVIEW

 

 

Men's Freestyle Skiing Medal Favorites

MOGULSMikaël Kingsbury (CAN)Alexandre Bilodeau (CAN)Patrick Deneen (USA)
AERIALSQi Guangpu (CHN)Liu Zhongqing (CHN)Aleksei Grishin (BLR)
SKI CROSSJean-Frédéric Chapuis (FRA)David Duncan (CAN)Brady Leman (CAN)
HALFPIPEDavid Wise (USA)Mike Riddle (CAN)Kevin Rolland (FRA)
SLOPESTYLENick Goepper (USA)James Woods (GBR)Joss Christensen (USA)

Women's Freestyle Skiing Medal Favorites

MOGULSHannah Kearney (USA)Justine Dufour-Lapointe (CAN)Aiko Uemura (JPN)
AERIALSXu Mengtao (CHN)Lydia Lassila (AUS)Li Nina (CHN)
SKI CROSSFanny Smith (SUI)Kelsey Serwa (CAN)Marielle Thompson (CAN)
HALFPIPEMaddie Bowman (USA)Virginie Faivre (SUI)Devin Logan (USA)
SLOPESTYLEKaya Turski (CAN)Dara Howell (CAN)Keri Herman (USA)

FREESTYLE SKIING PREVIEW

 

 

Ice Hockey Medal Favorites

MENRussiaSwedenCanada
WOMENUnited StatesCanadaFinland

ICE HOCKEY PREVIEW

 

 

Men's Cross-Country Skiing Medal Favorites

CLASSICALPetter Northug (NOR)Dario Cologna (SUI)Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)
SKIATHLONJohan Olsson (SWE)Dario Cologna (SUI)Petter Northug (NOR)
FREESTYLEDario Cologna (SUI)Petter Northug (NOR)Johan Olsson (SWE)
RELAYNorwayRussiaSweden
SPRINTNikita Kriukov (RUS)Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)Petter Northug (NOR)
TEAM SPRINTRussiaNorwayKazakhstan

Women's Cross-Country Skiing Medal Favorites

CLASSICALJustyna Kowalczyk (POL)Marit Bjørgen (NOR)Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
SKIATHLONTherese Johaug (NOR)Marit Bjørgen (NOR)Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
FREESTYLECharlotte Kalla (SWE)Therese Johaug (NOR)Marit Bjørgen (NOR)
RELAYNorwaySwedenRussia
SPRINTMarit Bjørgen (NOR)Kikkan Randall (USA)Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
TEAM SPRINTFinlandSwedenUnited States

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING PREVIEW

 

 

Nordic Combined Medal Favorites

INDIVIDUAL LARGE HILLEric Frenzel (GER)Jason Lamy-Chappuis (FRA)Akito Watabe (JPN)
INDIVIDUAL NORMAL HILLJason Lamy-Chappuis (FRA)Mario Stecher (AUT)Eric Frenzel (GER)
TEAM LARGE HILLFranceGermanyNorway

NORDIC COMBINED PREVIEW

 

 

Ski Jumping Medal Favorites

MEN'S LARGE HILLKamil Stoch (POL)Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT)Peter Prevc (SLO)
MEN'S NORMAL HILLGregor Schlierenzauer (AUT)Peter Prevc (SLO)Anders Bardal (NOR)
WOMEN'S NORMAL HILLSara Takanashi (JPN)Irina Avvakumova (RUS)Sarah Hendrickson (USA)
TEAM LARGE HILLAustriaPolandGermany

SKI JUMPING PREVIEW

 

 

Bobsled Medal Favorites

MEN'S TWO-MANHolcomb/Langton (USA)Hefti/Baumann (SUI)Friedrich/Bäcker (GER)
MEN'S FOUR-MANUnited StatesGermanyRussia
WOMEN'S TWO-MANHumphries/Moyse (CAN)Meyers/Evans (USA)Kiriasis/Fritz (GER)

BOBSLED PREVIEW

 

 

Luge Medal Favorites

MEN'S SINGLESFelix Loch (GER)Andi Langenhan (GER)David Möller (GER)
WOMEN'S SINGLESNatalie Geisenberger (GER)Alex Gough (CAN)Tatjana Hüfner (GER)
MEN'S DOUBLESWendl/Arlt (GER)Linger/Linger (AUT)Eggert/Benecken (GER)
TEAM RELAYGermanyCanadaRussia

LUGE PREVIEW

 

 

Skeleton Medal Favorites

MEN'SMartins Dukurs (LAT)Alexander Tretiakov (RUS)Tomass Dukurs (LAT)
WOMEN'SNoelle Pikus-Pace (USA)Lizzy Yarnold (GBR)Marion Thees (GER)

SKELETON PREVIEW

 

 

Men's Snowboarding Medal Favorites

HALFPIPEShaun White (USA)Iouri Podladchikov (SUI)Ayumu Hirano (JPN)
PARALLEL GIANT SLALOMBenjamin Karl (AUT)Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN)Vic Wild (RUS)
PARALLEL SLALOMRoland Fischnaller (ITA)Rok Marguc (SLO)Sylvain Dufour (FRA)
SLOPESTYLEShaun White (USA)
Max Parrot (CAN)
Sebastien Toutant (CAN)Peetu Piironen (FIN)
SNOWBOARD CROSSAlex Pullin (AUS)Nate Holland (USA)Tony Ramoin (FRA)

Women's Snowboarding Medal Favorites

HALFPIPEKelly Clark (USA)Arielle Gold (USA)Torah Bright (AUS)
PARALLEL GIANT SLALOMAmelie Kober (GER)Isabella Laböck (GER)Alena Zavarzina (RUS)
PARALLEL SLALOMPatrizia Kummer (SUI)Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS)Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN)
SLOPESTYLESilje Norendal (NOR)Jamie Anderson (USA)Spencer O'Brien (CAN)
SNOWBOARD CROSSDominique Maltais (CAN)Maëlle Ricker (CAN)Lindsey Jacobellis (USA)

SNOWBOARDING PREVIEW

 

 

Men's Short-Track Speed Skating Medal Favorites

500mLiang Wenhao (CHN)Viktor Ahn (RUS)Charles Hamelin (CAN)
1000mViktor Ahn (RUS)Charles Hamelin (CAN)Sin Da-Woon (KOR)
1500mCharles Hamelin (CAN)Sin Da-Woon (KOR)J.R. Celski (USA)
3000m relayCanadaUnited StatesSouth Korea

Women's Short-Track Speed Skating Medal Favorites

500mFan Kexin (CHN)Shim Suk-Hee (KOR)Arianna Fontana (ITA)
1000mShim Suk-Hee (KOR)Park Seung-Hi (KOR)Kim Alang (KOR)
1500mShim Suk-Hee (KOR)Kim Alang (KOR)Zhou Yang (CHN)
5000m relaySouth KoreaChinaCanada

SHORT-TRACK SPEED SKATING PREVIEW

 

 

Men's Long-Track Speed Skating Medal Favorites

500mMichel Mulder (NED)Mo Tae-Bum (KOR)Joji Kato (JPN)
1000mShani Davis (USA)Mo Tae-Bum (KOR)Denis Kuzin (KAZ)
1500mDenis Yuskov (RUS)Shani Davis (USA)Ivan Skobrev (RUS)
5000mSven Kramer (NED)Jorrit Bergsma (NED)Ivan Skobrev (RUS)
10000mSven Kramer (NED)Jorrit Bergsma (NED)Lee Seung-Hoon (KOR)
TEAM PURSUITNetherlandsSouth KoreaRussia

Women's Long-Track Speed Skating Medal Favorites

500mLee Sang-Hwa (KOR)Wang Beixing (CHN)Olga Fatkulina (RUS)
1000mOlga Fatkulina (RUS)Ireen Wüst (NED)Brittany Bowe (USA)
1500mIreen Wüst (NED)Christine Nesbitt (CAN)Lotte van Beek (NED)
3000mIreen Wüst (NED)Martina Sáblíková (CZE)Claudia Pechstein (GER)
5000mMartina Sáblíková (CZE)Ireen Wüst (NED)Claudia Pechstein (GER)
TEAM PURSUITNetherlandsSouth KoreaPoland

LONG-TRACK SPEED SKATING PREVIEW

 

 

With our predictions, we can also try to discern how the medal count might shake out once Sochi 2014 is in the books. How might each nation fare in their haul of accolades?

UPDATE (2/6/2014): It was brought to our attention that, frankly, our arithmetic was deplorable on the medal predictions table. Thanks to everyone who notified us about the discrepancies… we have updated the calculations, which should now be correct in the revised table below:

 

SCORING
Gold = 3
Silver = 2
Bronze = 1
United States14111074
Norway139764
Canada915764
Germany781249
Russia751344
South Korea58435
Netherlands74130
France54427
Austria44424
Sweden34623
Switzerland35322
China43321
Slovenia34118
Japan12613
Poland21210
Belarus21210
Italy1229
Czech Republic1218
Great Britain1207
Croatia1116
Australia1116
Kazakhstan0135
Finland1025
Latvia1014
Ukraine1003
Spain0011

 

Who will win the most medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics?

  • United States (39%, 42 Votes)
  • Canada (28%, 30 Votes)
  • Norway (20%, 22 Votes)
  • Germany (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Russia (5%, 5 Votes)
  • OTHER (3%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 108

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  • Hromjak

    I hope the USA will win the whole thing I will be happy and my family too. The USA is our country they will won I promise they will do there best to get the gold medals for us

    • Hromjak

      Go USA go

  • Truman Golden

    Will see, so far the US is not fairing well.

  • fan

    Netherlands have 4 silver medals in the previews and 5 in the general table… Who was counting this? Did that person actually check the sum of the medals? It’s not what I call professional…

    • http://twitter.com/zbigalke Zach Bigalke

      That would be my fault, and I take full responsibility. We adjusted some of the podium predictions as more information about athletes’ health and preparation came to light, and it was my mistake not adjusting the medal table in corresponding fashion. Thank you for the heads-up, and we’ll get that fixed ASAP!

  • Ryan Derringer

    Not shocking to see the American bias based on nothing but blatant homerism.

  • keenan

    Very much favoured the us we will see. In Australia we are hoping for 4 or more medals

  • Mb

    Oh wow… The US with 37 medals and the next countries with 29 and 28… And you. Call this site ‘sports unbiased’… Are you serious?… Go CANADA Go!

  • OmegaBlush

    The US with 37 and everyone else with less than 30? Uh-huh.