The Best Olympic Athletes Favored to Win
Top Olympic Athletes Favored to Win
With the 2010 Winter Olympics just months away, many who have been following the success of the world’s most elite athletes are already placing their bets as to who has what it takes to win the coveted gold medal. Needless to say, this sort of prediction is not easy to make, but here’s who experts have pointed out to be the potential best Olympic athletes of February’s Winter Olympic Games.
Some of Our Favorite Olympic Athletes Picks For 2010 Winter Olympics
Figure Skating - In the male category, one of the most talked about athletes is Canadian native Patrick Chan. At only 18 years old, he is far ahead of the game, as it is said that contrary to females who reach the height of their skating potential at a younger age, males don’t usually do so until they are in their early 20’s. That being said, Chan is predicted to put up a fight against the competition with his incredible jumping ability. Should he win, he will set quite the precedent as while Brian Orser won a silver medal in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, no Canadian man has ever won on Olympic gold medal in figure skating.
In the female figure skating category, there is no question about which athlete is favored to win. With wins in each of the five major figure skating competitions, a World Championship, and several new records set this year, Kim Yu-na of South Korea is the clear front-runner for the 2010 Winter Olympic gold medal. At 19 years old, she is known for her calm demeanor, which will undoubtedly contribute to her continued success in figure skating.
Hockey- At the age of 30, Canadian Hayley Wickenheiser is still playing relentlessly. She is no stranger to the Winter Olympics, as she has played for the Canadian team in three previous Olympic Games, taking home one silver and two gold medals. While hockey is not her only strong point (Wickenheiser also played for the Canadian softball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics), it certainly seems to be her strongest sport. She has won over 15 gold medals between the World Championships and Nations Cup tournaments and also holds the honor of being the first woman to play professional hockey full time as a position other than goalie.
Skiing- Not only has Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal won 12 World Cup races, he is also the holder of 5 World Championship medals and four World Cup discipline titles (in Giant Slalom, downhill, Super-G and Combined). Even after taking a dangerous fall during a competition in Beaver Creek in November of 2007, Svindal came back to win 2 World Cup races on that very hill just one year later.
Since the winning an Olympic Gold medal is the ultimate goal of almost any professional athlete, it’s impossible to be certain just who will win, as underdogs with the right amount of spirit always have a chance of bursting ahead of the pack. That being said, the above hottest Olympic athletes have never ceased to shine in their respective sports, so keep an eye out for them—win or lose, they’re sure to impress.
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