Rio Summer Olympic Games

2016 Rio Summer Olympics Bets You Should Contemplate

Written by on August 9, 2016

It was kind of funny how the media was going crazy about how Rio wasn’t ready for the Summer Olympics. There was all sorts of noise about how the stadiums weren’t ready, and how a lot of the public infrastructure was going to suffer as a result of hosting the Olympic Games, but now that Rio 2016 is underway, the Games seem to be coming off just nicely, thank you very much. That means it’s time for us to look at some Summer Olympic bets that could make you some money.

2016 Rio Summer Olympics Bets You Should Contemplate

Every time you turn on Olympic coverage, one of the things you always see is the table containing the medal standings — the number of gold, silver and bronze medals that each nation has won. This year, the United States (41.5 over/under) and China (34.5 over/under) stand atop those lists as heavy favorites, with Russia nowhere on the board and Great Britain (18.5) coming in a distant third.One of the interesting bets that you might not be seeing a whole lot of has to do with men’s golf. Henrik Stenson (9-2) is the favorite right now, but right behind him is Sergio Garcia (7-1), an interesting choice because — let’s face it — while Garcia is a quality golfer, he is not someone you see winning majors. An interesting fact — golf has not been an Olympic medal sport since 1904, when the Canadian George Lyon won a gold medal at the St. Louis Games. And let’s face it — those 1904 Games were one of the most unusual Olympiads ever. After all, the leading medalist in men’s gymnastics — George Eyser — only had one leg, stuck with a bulky wooden prosthesis as a result of having a leg run over by a train when he was a child.But back to the 2016 golfers. The Olympic golf format is a traditional 72-hole event governed by stroke play, carrying out over four days, from August 11-14. Ties for any of the three medals will lead to a three-hole playoff. The qualification process for the Olympics included the top 15 in the official world rankings as of July 11, 2016. However, no nation could have more than four golfers qualify, and the rest of the spots went to the top-ranked players from nations that did not yet have two golfers qualified. A lot of the world’s top golfers then withdrew because of Zika virus concerns (because if you’re going to get bitten by a mosquito, it will happen on a golf course near a rain forest). The golf course was built on an old sand quarry and has the sort of links feel that you see in the United Kingdom and Australia. Given that there are only four holes with water, the onus is on the sand to cause problems — but there are 79 bunkers, made with three different sorts of native sand.Here’s why I’m picking Sergio Garcia to edge the others out. He’s been playing well lately, but also important is the fact that this course has five par threes on it (most courses have just four). Garcia sits at third place in the PGA Tour for performance on par-three holes. Of course, Stenson also plays well on links courses, having won the British Open, but he may be a little gassed after a lot of tournament play as of late. Brazil, the host nation, has seen its hopes in men’s soccer sink early on in group play. However, its men’s volleyball team sits at 8-5 favorites to win the gold in that event, ahead of France (7-2) and the United States (4-1). Brazil has long been a power in men’s volleyball, and there is nothing to suggest that they won’t enjoy the home cooking in this event.