Kauf gamblers’ favorite heading into Olympics moguls, but none more favored than Shiffrin

Moguls skier Jaelin Kauf speaks in an interview at Bokwang Phoenix Park, South Korea after a training run before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Joel Reichenberger)
Joel Reichenberger

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Jaelin Kauf is the odds-on favorite to win a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics moguls event, at least according to various online betting sites.

No one’s as big of a favorite in their event as Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin, however.

Numerous online gambling sites that offer odds and take bets on Winter Olympics events have Shiffrin slotted in with odds of -250, meaning a bet of $100 for her would win just $40.

Someone placing bets on the Olympics could get similar odds by betting for the field against Shaun White in the men’s snowboard halfpipe.

Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury is one of the few athletes who comes close to Shiffrin’s dominating odds. He’s -209 to win the men’s freestyle moguls event, and for good reason. He won 13 consecutive World Cup competitions

Kauf stands atop the odds in one of the Olympics’ first events, women’s moguls, which begins at 6 p.m. mountain standard time Thursday, or Friday morning in South Korea.

Odds for the 21-year-old Steamboat Springs-trained skier to win against the field are +271, so a bet of $100 wins $271.

Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury waits for his turn for a run at the bottom jump Thursday on the Olympics moguls course at Bokwang Phoenix Park, South Korea. Kingsbury is the gold-medal favorite in the men’s moguls event after dominating his sport in recent seasons.

The field against Kauf is weighted at -400, so a $100 bet would pay $125 and win $25.

Kauf attended four years at Steamboat Springs High School and lived in town before joining the U.S. Ski Team in 2016 after being born in Vail and growing up in Alta, Wyoming.
She’s in the midst of the best season of her career, making the podium in four of seven World Cup events so far, including two wins. She’s ranked as the top skier on the World Cup and will compete with the No. 1 bib at the Olympics.

She’s one of four athletes in women’s moguls rated with odds.

Perrine Laffont of France, No. 2 on the World Cup, and Britteny Cox of Australia, the reigning world champion, have the same odds of +370 to win against the field at -600, so a $100 bet on the field would win just $16.67.

Andi Naude, a fast skiing, high-flying Canadian, is a longer shot, in at +824 with the field at -2,500, where a $100 bet would profit just $4.

Elsewhere, Vail’s Lindsey Vonn is the favorite in the women’s downhill with teammate Breezy Johnson fifth and Shiffrin seventh.

White (+202) is a narrow favorite in men’s snowboard halfpipe ahead of Japan’s Ayumu Hirano (+223). American Ben Ferguson is fourth at +522.

Chloe Kim is a dominant favorite to win the women’s snowboard halfpipe at +135 with Steamboat’s Arielle Gold in line in fifth at +708.

Steamboat snowboarder Mick Dierdorff, fifth in the World Cup standings in snowboard cross, didn’t receive odds in his event while the Nordic combined list is dominated by Germans, with Eric Frenzel leading the way and Johannes Rydzek second in both the large hill and normal hill competitions.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9.

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