Inform your predictions ahead of the skeleton competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics with insight, analysis, and odds from Pinnacle.
The skeleton is one of the most exciting sports to watch at the Winter Olympics. Knowing the recent history of the event and how the winner is decided is pivotal for bettors looking to find value in the Olympic skeleton market. Read on for the information you need to inform your skeleton betting.
Winter Olympics: Skeleton schedule
February 10: Heat 1 & Heat 2
February 11: Heat 3 & Heat 4 (medals)
February 11: Heat 1 & Heat 2
February 12: Heat 3 & Heat 4 (medals)
How is the skeleton scored at the Winter Olympics?
Skeleton is an event that excites the casual watcher just as much as the genuine fan. It is a thrilling sport, with athletes riding down an icy chute at incredibly high speeds, lying down and head-first!
If two athletes are tied on the same time after four runs, they are awarded the same place as there is no tiebreaker.
To determine the winner of the skeleton event is fairly simple. In both the Men’s and Women’s competitions, all riders go down the exact same track, with each athlete getting four runs each (one run per heat). Each ride is timed down to the hundredth of a second and each of the four times are added together. The rider with the fastest total time is crowned the winner (and receives the gold medal). If two athletes are tied on the same time after four runs, they are awarded the same place as there is no tiebreaker.
Team GB’s Lizzy Yarnold is the most successful Women’s skeleton rider with two gold medals (2014 and 2018). Yarnold claimed her second gold in PyeongChang 2018 with a final time of 3:27.28, seeing off her rival by just 0.45 seconds.
How to bet on the skeleton
A range of skeleton markets will be available for this year’s Winter Olympics:
Skeleton match betting – Who will win a matchup between two listed competitors?
Olympic skeleton Outright betting – Betting on an individual to win their skeleton event outright (i.e. to win the gold medal).
Who are the 2022 skeleton favourites?
Dubbed “Superman” by his fellow competitors, one would be a fool to rule Latvian Martins Dukurs out of medal contention in the Men’s event. The veteran has competed in the skeleton since 1998 and has the most World Championship titles in history (six) as well as two Olympic silver medals. He's the 3.470* favourite to win skeleton gold with Pinnacle.
2018 Olympic champion Yun Sung-bin (KOR) will also be one to keep an eye on in the Men’s event. Despite claiming gold in PyeongChang, the Korean finished a disappointing 17th at the 2021 World Championships and will therefore be hoping to rediscover his best form for the event in Beijing.
One noteworthy fact for bettors is that each of the last three Olympic Men’s skeleton champions has represented the host nation. China is yet to win a medal in this event but could home advantage help athletes Geng Wenqiang (10.640*) and Yin Zheng? They will have already been practising on the competition track, so this could give them the edge.
Great Britain have been dominant in the Women’s skeleton event in recent Games, claiming gold in each of the last three Winter Olympics.
Two-time defending champion Lizzy Yarnold (as mentioned, the most successful Olympic skeleton athlete of all time) has retired from competition, opening the competition up for a new winner.
Expect a strong push for medals from the German team in this event. PyeongChang 2018 silver medallist Jacqueline Loelling (11.000*) finished second at the 2021 World Championships, while fellow German Tina Hermann (4.500*) claimed her fourth World Championships Women’s skeleton title (her third in a row).
Where can I bet on the skeleton?
Now that you know how to bet on the skeleton event and what the different markets mean, you can take advantage of Pinnacle's unbeatable skeleton odds. Make the most of Pinnacle’s great value Winter Olympics betting odds during the 2022 Winter Olympics.