American Kallie Humphries will try to win her third Olympic gold medal when she competes in the women's monobob on Saturday night at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Humphries has been installed as the +250 favorite in the women's monobob odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Australian Breeana Walker (+400) and American Elana Meyers Taylor (+450) are the second and third choices, respectively. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Before locking in any Beijing Olympics 2022 picks or predictions, you need to see what SportsLine's Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say. (Head over to SportsLine's 2022 Olympics page for more analysis and updates.)
A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. For Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told readers to bet Over on Team USA's gold medal count (41.5) and Over on Team USA's overall medal count (102.5). The result? 46 golds, 121 medals and two easy cashes.
For the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Tierney hit two of his three predictions: Germany (+200) to win the most gold medals and the United States winning Under 10.5 gold medals (+110). And at last year's Tokyo Games, he correctly predicted the United States would go Over 111.5 total medals (-110).
Now, Tierney has analyzed Saturday's action and identified three best bets. We can tell you that he is picking speedskater Laurent Dubreuil of Canada (+350) to win gold in the men's 500 meters. "Dubreuil is the reigning 500-meter champ in the World Cup as a model of consistency," Tierney says.
Tierney also has picks in alpine skiing and women's monobob. One of these picks is a double-digit shot who is a "logical play," Tierney says. You ABSOLUTELY need to see what he has to say before locking in your picks.
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Tierney's picks and analysis:
Speedskating, men's 500 meters (3:53 a.m. Saturday)
Laurent Dubreuil, Canada (+350)
A bit surprising to see Dubreuil just below the favored Gap Tingyu of China (+200) on the odds board. Home ice advantage, perhaps? Dubreuil is the reigning 500-meter champ in the World Cup as a model of consistency. He collected eight straight medals on the circuit, two of them gold. His best time of 33.77 seconds has not been matched. The competition is regarded as wide-open, with six skaters holding odds of +750 or less. Others might offer more value, but Dubreuil belongs on top.
Bobsled, women's monobob (8:30 p.m. Saturday)
Elana Meyers Taylor, United States (+450)
Support for Meyers Taylor's chances waned when she tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Beijing. But she trained while in quarantine and appears fit for this new Olympic event. Though Meyers Taylor claimed the World Cup title with four wins in the 23-race series, fellow American Kallie Humphries is favored at +250. As a two-time world champion in the two-person sled and an Olympic veteran at 37, Meyers Taylor can make the transition to the ultimate solo success.
Alpine skiing, men's giant slalom (9:15 p.m. Saturday)
Henrik Kristoffersen, Norway (+1000)
Prohibitive favorite Marco Odermatt (+110), who has dominated the discipline in the lead-up to the Games, has come up empty as a medal hopeful in the other alpine competitions. It is fair to question his level of confidence. Kristoffersen is bunched in the next group of four contenders with much longer odds. Given the Norwegian's third-place standings in the giant slalom World Cup and sixth overall, he seems the most logical play among the second tier.
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