The 2018 Winter Olympics are right around the corner. Which nation will top the medal standings? Who will dominate the slopes? All these questions will be answered come February, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look at some of the top contenders heading into the PyeongChang Games. Here are some of the expert predictions for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
There are plenty of data companies that make predictions on sporting events like the Olympics, but one of the most popular is U.S.-based sports and entertainment data provider Gracenote. Gracenote recently released their “virtual medal table” for the upcoming games in February. No matter which company’s data you follow, it is pretty clear that it will be a 3-country battle for the top of the medal standings. Norway, Germany, and the United States are the clear-cut favorites in everyone’s mind, but the question is which will finish with the most overall medals?
According to Gracenote, Germany will finish first with 35 total medals, followed by Norway with 34 medals. The United States is projected to take home 32 total medals. Germany, Norway, and the U.S. are projected to take home 14, 12, and 10 gold medals respectively. NBC Sports has Germany, U.S., and Norway finishing 1, 2, 3, and Eurosport predicts that the race will finish Norway, Germany, U.S. All-in-all, it will be a close race at the top between these winter sport powerhouses.
The world’s top snowboarders hail from the United States, Canada, and Norway, but there are a few other nations that will be in contention for snowboarding medals this February. Of course, Shaun White remains the most notable competitor in the field, but superstars like Austria’s Anna Gasser and Canada’s Mark McMorris will be stealing a lot of headlines in PyeongChang as well.
Gasser and the United States’ Julia Marino are among the top medal contenders on the women’s side, while White, McMorris, and Japan’s Ayumu Hirano, who won silver in the halfpipe in 2014, are among the top male contenders.