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Winter Olympics: Who will win the most medals?

Germany, Canada, and the United States will battle for overall medal title in the Winter Olympics for the foreseeable future. Watch for China to move up the ladder using the same strategy it did in Beijing.

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But they are also attacking sports where the pool of strong competitors is relatively shallow, such as women’s curling.

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Here are the sports where the US has the strongest chance of medaling:

Alpine skiing: women’s downhill, super-G, and combined (Lindsey Vonn); men’s giant slalom (Ted Ligety).

Freestyle skiing: moguls (Hannah Kearney or Heather McPhie).

Snowboarding: superpipe (Shaun White, Gretchen Bleiler, Hannah Teter, and Kelly Clark); snowboard-cross (Lindsey Jacobellis and Nate Holland).

Speedskating: 1000 and 1500 meters (Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick).

Short track speedskating: 1000 meters (Apolo Anton Ohno).

Nordic combined: individual and team events (Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong).

Figure skating: men’s (Evan Lysacek).

Hockey: women’s.

Bobsled: men’s (Steven Holcomb).

Mark has been covering the Olympics since 2002, making this his fifth Olympic Games. Keep up with Mark as he tweets throughout the Games.


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