Bet on Canada at Sochi 2014 Womens Snowboard Cross

Dominique Maltais Sochi 2014 Snowboarding Odds

Canada will be in the hunt for a gold medal in the Womens Snowboard Cross event with Dominique Maltais being favoured overall by some online betting sites and defending gold medalist Maëlle Rickeras a dark horse in the race as well.

Th odds makers have Dominique Maltais at +200, which puts her atop of the pack in terms of betting favourites to win Snowboard Cross gold. Dominique is a firefighter from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec who specializes in the Snowboard Cross event and she has put her career on hold in pursuit of her Olympic dream.

In a downhill snowboard race that has been likened to Nascar with racers bumping each other for position, injuries are a part of the game. Maltais fell victim to the injury bug during qualification runs at the Vancouver 2010 winter games, which caused her to miss out on her chance for a medal. But, it is clear that Dominique is hungry going into the 2104 Sochi games.

“Vancouver. . . I was fully ready and I was expecting success, but I crashed, I hurt myself, almost killed myself there,” Maltais said. “I learned a lot about myself too. I know exactly what I want. Everything I’m doing, everything I’m touching, everything I’m eating, it’s all about performance, and being a better person, to reach the top of my potential for these Olympic Games.”

The teammate that Maltais cheered on her way to gold in 2010 was Maëlle Ricker, whom the odds makers have at +600 to win the gold in Sochi 2014. This year, it was Ricker who was stricken with the injury bug after breaking her wrist in training just 3 weeks out from the games. However, she had surgery and will be ready for this years medal run.

“It sounds crazy, but it’s helped me,” said Ricker of the injury. “This is almost like there was this burning fire, desire. It’s almost like somebody doused a bunch of gasoline on the fire so I’m pretty ready to go. I can feel the adrenaline and I can feel the excitement of going over to Russia.”

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