Here are some notable winter sports events and some of the betting action associated with each one.
WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
The premier winter sports event is the Winter Olympic Games. Held every four years, millions of sports fans from every corner of the globe look forward to this spectacle. The top winter athletes come together to find out who has what it takes to bring home a gold medal.
Winter sports fans can wager on a range of events in these games, including skiing, bobsledding, ice skating and more. Fans can also bet on how the overall medal count will be divided among the competing countries.
WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
Taking place every two years, the World Ski Championships features the best skiers from around the world. Once held in conjunction with the Winter Olympic Games, the World Ski Championships started hosting separate tournaments in the 1980s, with a new world champion crowned every other year since.
Racers compete in several different events, including super G, slalom and downhill races. The combined events feature portions from each type of race. Punters can wager on individual races and who’ll be the overall winner of the championship with the most medals.
FIS ALPINE SKI WORLD CUP
Held annually, usually taking place in various locations across Europe, the United States and Canada, this top international circuit of alpine skiing events is one that winter sports fans are always looking forward to. Skiers compete at an international level to see which country can take home the most title wins.
Male and female athletes compete in both team and individual events, including slalom, downhill and super G races. Punters can place wagers on individual races and the overall winners for both the men’s and women’s categories. You can also select which country will take home the most medals.
IBU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BIATHLON
Combining cross-country skiing with rifle shooting, athletes competing in this event put several attributes to the test. This event is held annually, with a new world champion named every year.
Punters can wager on individual and team events. You’ll also be able to place an outright bet on the winner of the tournament as a whole.
TOUR DE SKI
A newer event than the others listed here, the first Tour de Ski was held during the 2006/07 cross-country skiing season and has been held annually. Cross-country skiers from around the world converge on Italy to take part in the race.
It takes place over several stages, with the lowest cumulative time winning the title. You can place wagers on which individual racer will top the sprint standings and which country will be the overall winner of the event.