Canadians have a deep love for the Winter Games. And, this year, Ontario residents will be able to place Winter Olympics bets legally.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation confirmed Monday that its Proline Plus sports betting platform will be taking bets on the Winter Olympics. The games are scheduled for Feb. 4 through Feb. 20 in Beijing.
Multitude of Winter Olympics sports offered
“We are planning to offer a multiple of events including Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Curling, Skiing, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Bobsled, Snowboarding and more,” said Tony Bitonti, the OLG’s director of external communications.
Proline Plus is the only legal online sports betting platform in the province. However, a more robust marketplace of private operators is expected to launch soon for Canadian sports betting customers in Ontario, though perhaps not until the Olympic flame is extinguished.
Winter Olympics prop bets will be available, too
Bitonti said Proline Plus is also planning to offer some special wagers on the Winter Olympics, such as: Which country will win the most gold medals at the games? and How many medals will Canada win?
Team Canada coming off best games ever
Canada had its best performance ever at the Winter Olympics during the most recent games in 2018 at Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes from the Great White North won 29 medals there to rank third overall. Norway led with 39 medals, followed by Germany with 31. The United States had 23 medals, good for fourth place.
Ranking third in the gold medal count in 2018, Canadian athletes topped the podium 11 times. Norway and Germany each collected 14 gold medals. Canada’s record high for gold medals came in 2010 at the Vancouver games when its athletes placed first 14 times.
At the Beijing games, Canada should record its 200th medal in all-time Winter Olympics competition. Since the inaugural 1924 games in Chamonix, France, Canadians have won 199 medals in Winter Olympics history: 73 gold, 64 silver and 62 bronze.
Team Canada forecast to finish fourth
Nielsen’s Gracenote released its latest Virtual Medal Table forecast for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Jan. 5. Interestingly, Canada will tie the United States for fourth in the overall medal haul, with 22, according to the prediction. Though, the Americans will have the edge in the gold medal count — 7 to 6.
Further, Norway will win the most medals (45), said the forecast. Next in the predicted medal count is the Russia Olympic Committee (32) and Germany (25).
Gracenote predicts Canada will win the most medals in freestyle skiing and long track speed skating (6 in each). Canada is predicted to also be among the gold medal favourites in women’s and men’s hockey, despite the absence of NHL players at these games. Though, Russia is now the betting favourite on the men’s side.
Look for freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury and speed skater Ivanie Blondin to star for Canada.
Stay tuned for more information about betting on the Winter Olympics.