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The Associated Press have published their predictions in each event. They have Canada at #1 in the Medal Table with 30 medals, 15 of them being Gold. USA is tied for #2 with 27 medals (10 Gold), Germany tied for #2 with 27 medals (8 Gold), Norway #4 with 23 medals (9 Gold), and Russia #5 with 21 medals (7 Gold).

I went through all their picks and compiled the medal table.

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total

Canada 15 8 7 30

United States 10 11 6 27

Germany 8 12 7 27

Norway 9 5 9 23

Russia 7 6 8 21

Austria 5 5 7 17

Sweden 2 7 7 16

China 7 1 6 14

Switzerland 2 5 6 13

South Korea 5 3 3 11

Netherlands 3 3 4 10

France 3 2 4 9

Italy 1 4 2 7

Czech Republic 4 2 6

Finland 1 3 2 6

Poland 2 2 1 5

Slovenia 1 3 4

Japan 2 2 4

Great Britain 2 2

Australia 1 1 2

Croatia 1 1

Slovakia 1 1

Belarus 1 1

Latvia 1 1

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Medal projections for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics:

ALPINE SKIING

Men

Downhill

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GOLD— Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada

SILVER— Michael Walchhofer, Austria

BRONZE— Didier Cuche, Switzerland

Super-G

GOLD— Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

SILVER— Bode Miller, United States

BRONZE— Didier Defago, Switzerland

Slalom

GOLD— Ivica Kostelic, Croatia

SILVER— Reinfried Herbst, Austria

BRONZE— Giuliano Razzoli, Italy

Giant Slalom

GOLD— Benjamin Raich, Austria

SILVER— Max Blardone, Italy

BRONZE— Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Super-Combi

GOLD— Carlo Janka, Switzerland

SILVER— Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

BRONZE— Julien Lizeroux, France

Women

Downhill

GOLD— Lindsey Vonn, United States

SILVER— Maria Riesch, Germany

BRONZE— Anja Paerson, Sweden

Super-G

GOLD— Lindsey Vonn, United States

SILVER— Anja Paerson, Sweden

BRONZE— Elisabeth Goergl, Austria

Slalom

GOLD— Marlies Schild, Austria

SILVER— Maria Riesch, Germany.

BRONZE— Sarka Zahrobska, Czech Republic.

Giant Slalom

GOLD— Kathrin Zettel, Germany

SILVER— Tina Maze, Slovenia

BRONZE— Tanja Poutiainen, Finland

Super-Combi

GOLD— Maria Riesch, Germany

SILVER— Elisabeth Goergl, Austria

BRONZE— Lindsey Vonn, United States

BIATHLON

Women

7.5K sprint

GOLD— Svetlana Sleptsova, Russia

SILVER— Helena Jonsson, Sweden

BRONZE— Olga Medvedtseva, Russia

10K pursuit

GOLD— Helena Jonsson, Sweden

SILVER— Magdalena Neuner, Germany

BRONZE— Anna Carin Olofsson-Zidek, Sweden

15K individual

GOLD— Helena Jonsson, Sweden

SILVER— Olga Medvedtseva, Russia

BRONZE— Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia

12.5K mass start

GOLD— Kati Wilhelm, Germany

SILVER— Anna Carin Olofsson-Zidek, Sweden

BRONZE— Tora Berger, Norway

Relay

GOLD— Russia

SILVER— Sweden

BRONZE— Germany

Men

10K sprint

GOLD— Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway

SILVER— Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

BRONZE— Simon Fourcade, France

12.5K pursuit

GOLD— Evgeny Ustyugov, Russia

SILVER— Tim Burke, United States

BRONZE— Simon Eder, Austria

20K individual

GOLD— Simon Fourcade, France

SILVER— Christoph Sumann, Austria

BRONZE— Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway

15K mass start

GOLD— Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway

SILVER— Tomasz Sikora, Poland

BRONZE— Nikolay Kruglov, Russia

Relay

GOLD— Norway

SILVER— Russia

BRONZE— France

BOBSLED

Two-man

GOLD— Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske, Germany

SILVER— Ivo Rueegg and Cedric Grand, Switzerland

BRONZE— Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter, Switzerland

Four-man

GOLD— Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz, United States

SILVER— Andre Lange, Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putze, Germany

BRONZE— Thomas Florschuetz, Ronny Listner, Richard Adjei and Andreas Barucha, Germany

Women

GOLD— Sandra Kiriasis and Berit Wiacker, Germany

SILVER— Shauna Rohbock and Michelle Rzepka, United States

BRONZE— Helen Upperton and Jennifer Ciochetti, Canada

CROSS COUNTRY

Women

10K freestyle

GOLD— Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

SILVER— Marit Bjoergen, Norway

BRONZE— Charlotte Kalla, Sweden

Individual sprint, classical

GOLD— Petra Majdic, Slovenia

SILVER— Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

BRONZE— Alena Prochazkova, Russia

15K pursuit

GOLD— Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

SILVER— Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia

BRONZE— Kristin Stoermer Steira, Norway

Team sprint, freestyle

GOLD— Russia

SILVER— Slovenia

Bronze—Sweden

30K classical

GOLD— Virpi Kuitunen, Finland

SILVER— Petra Majdic, Slovenia

BRONZE— Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Finland

Relay

GOLD— Norway

SILVER— Finland

BRONZE— Russia

Men

15K freestyle

GOLD— Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic

SILVER— Petter Northug, Norway

BRONZE— Vincent Vittoz, France

Individual sprint, classical

GOLD— Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway

SILVER— Emil Joensson, Sweden

BRONZE— John Kristian Dahl, Norway

30K pursuit

GOLD— Petter Northug, Norway

SILVER— Dario Cologna, Switzerland

Bronze—Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic

Team sprint

GOLD— Norway

SILVER— Sweden

BRONZE— Russia

50K classical

GOLD— Maxim Vylegzhanin, Russia

SILVER— Tobias Angerer, Germany

BRONZE— Jens Arne Svartedal, Norway

Relay

GOLD— Norway

SILVER— Russia

BRONZE— Germany

CURLING

Men

GOLD— Canada

SILVER— Great Britain

BRONZE— Norway

Women

GOLD— Canada

SILVER— Sweden

BRONZE— Switzerland

FREESTYLE SKIING

Men

Aerials

GOLD— Jia Zongyang, China

SILVER— Anton Kushnir, Belarus

BRONZE— Qi Guangpu, China

Moguls

GOLD— Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada

SILVER— Dale Begg-Smith, Australia

BRONZE— Alexandr Smyshlyaev, Russia

SkiCross

GOLD— Tomas Kraus, Czech Republic

SILVER— Chris Del Bosco, Canada

BRONZE— Michael Schmid, Switzerland

Women

Aerials

GOLD— Li Nina, China

SILVER— Evelyne Leu, Switzerland

BRONZE— Guo Xinxin, China

Moguls

GOLD— Jennifer Heil, Canada

SILVER— Hannah Kearney, United States

BRONZE— Heather McPhie, United States

SkiCross

GOLD— Ashleigh McIvor, Canada

SILVER— Ophelie David, France

BRONZE— Anna Holmlund, Sweden

FIGURE SKATING

Pairs

GOLD— Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, China

SILVER— Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, Germany

BRONZE— Pang Qing and Tong Jian, China

Men

GOLD— Evgeni Plushenko, Russia

SILVER— Evan Lysacek, United States

BRONZE— Patrick Chan, Canada

Ice Dance

GOLD— Meryl Davis and Charlie White, United States

SILVER— Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, Russia

BRONZE— Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canada

Women

GOLD— Kim Yu-na, South Korea

SILVER— Mao Asada, Japan

BRONZE— Miki Ando, Japan

HOCKEY

Men

GOLD— Russia

SILVER— Canada

BRONZE— Sweden

Women

GOLD— Canada

SILVER— United States

BRONZE— Sweden

LUGE

Men

GOLD— Armin Zoeggeler, Italy

SILVER— David Moeller, Germany

BRONZE— Albert Demtschenko, Russia

Women

GOLD— Tatjana Huefner, Germany

SILVER— Natalie Geisenberger, Germany

BRONZE— Erin Hamlin, United States

Doubles

GOLD— Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich, Germany

SILVER— Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber, Italy

BRONZE— Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger, Austria

NORDIC COMBINED

Individual normal hill

GOLD— Jason Lamy Chappuis, France

SILVER— Magnus Moan, Norway

BRONZE— Felix Gottwald, Austria

Individual large hill

GOLD— Billy Demong, United States

SILVER— Jason Lamy Chappuis, France

BRONZE— Eric Frenzel, Germany

Team event

GOLD— United States

SILVER— Germany

BRONZE— Norway

SHORT TRACK

Men

500

GOLD— Charles Hamelin, Canada

SILVER— Sung Si-Bak, South Korea

BRONZE— Francois-Louis Tremblay, Canada

1,000

GOLD— Lee Jung-Su, South Korea

SILVER— Apolo Anton Ohno, United States

BRONZE— Sung Si-Bak, South Korea

1,500

GOLD— Lee Jung-Su, South Korea

SILVER— Charles Hamelin, Canada

BRONZE— Lee Ho-Suk, South Korea

5,000 Relay

GOLD— South Korea

SILVER— Canada

BRONZE— United States

Women

500

GOLD— Wang Meng, China

SILVER— Kalyna Roberge, Canada

BRONZE— Zhao Nannan, China

1,000

GOLD— Wang Meng, China

SILVER— Katherine Reutter, United States

BRONZE— Zhou Yang, China

1,500

GOLD— Zhou Yang, China

SILVER— Lee Eun-Byul, South Korea

BRONZE— Sun LinLin, China

3,000 Relay

GOLD— China

SILVER— South Korea

BRONZE— Canada

SKELETON

Men

GOLD— Jon Montgomery, Canada

SILVER— Frank Rommel, Germany

BRONZE— Martins Dukurs, Latvia

Women

GOLD— Mellisa Hollingsworth, Canada

SILVER— Shelley Rudman, Great Britain

BRONZE— Marion Trott, Germany

SKI JUMPING

Normal Hill

Gold—Thomas Morgenstern, Austria

Silver—Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria

Bronze—Adam Malysz, Poland

Large Hill

Gold—Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria

Silver—Janne Ahonen, Finland

Bronze—Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria

Team event

Gold—Austria

Silver—Finland

Bronze—Switzerland

SNOWBOARDING

Men

Halfpipe

GOLD— Shaun White, United States

SILVER— Iouri Podladtchikov, Switzerland

BRONZE— Kazuhiro Kokubo, Japan

Snowboardcross

GOLD— Pierre Vaultier, France

SILVER— Nate Holland, United States

BRONZE— Alberto Schiavon, Italy

Parallel Giant Slalom

GOLD— Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada

SILVER— Simon Schoch, Switzerland

BRONZE— Andreas Prommegger, Austria

Women

GOLD— Gretchen Bleiler, United States

SILVER— Kelly Clark, United States

BRONZE— Torah Bright, Australia

Snowboardcross

GOLD— Dominique Maltais, Canada

SILVER— Lindsey Jacobellis, United States

BRONZE— Maelle Ricker, Canada

Parallel Giant Slalom

GOLD— Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli, Switzerland

SILVER— Alena Zavarzina, Russia

BRONZE— Doris Guenther, Austria

SPEEDSKATING

Men

500

GOLD— Lee Kyou-Hyuk, South Korea

SILVER— Joji Kato, Japan

BRONZE— Tucker Fredricks, United States

1,000

GOLD— Shani Davis, United States

SILVER— Mark Tuitert, Netherlands

BRONZE— Lee Kyou-Hyuk, South Korea

1,500

GOLD— Shani Davis, United States

SILVER— Denny Morrison, Canada

BRONZE— Chad Hedrick, United States

5,000

GOLD— Sven Kramer, Netherlands

SILVER— Enrico Fabris, Italy

BRONZE— Ivan Skobrev, Russia

10,000

GOLD— Sven Kramer, Netherlands

SILVER— Bob de Jong, Netherlands

BRONZE— Havard Bokko, Norway

Team Pursuit

GOLD— Netherlands

SILVER— Italy

BRONZE— Canada

Women

500

GOLD— Jenny Wolf, Germany

SILVER— Wang Beixing, China

BRONZE— Annette Gerritsen, Netherlands

1,000

GOLD— Christine Nesbitt, Canada

SILVER— Annette Gerritsen, Netherlands

BRONZE— Monique Angermueller, Germany

1,500

GOLD— Christine Nesbitt, Canada

SILVER— Kristina Groves, Canada

BRONZE— Ireen Wust, Netherlands

3,000

GOLD— Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic

SILVER— Stephanie Beckert, Germany

BRONZE— Ireen Wust, Netherlands

5,000

GOLD— Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic

SILVER— Kristina Groves, Canada

BRONZE— Stephanie Beckert, Germany

Team Pursuit

GOLD— Canada

SILVER— Germany

BRONZE— Netherlands

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Here are my comments for the predictions.

ALPINE SKIING

Men

Downhill

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GOLD— Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada

SILVER— Michael Walchhofer, Austria

BRONZE— Didier Cuche, Switzerland

I agree for Osborne-Paradis and Cuche. Not sure Walchhofer will make it though!

Super-G

GOLD— Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

SILVER— Bode Miller, United States

BRONZE— Didier Defago, Switzerland

Lund Svindal, Miller and Defago are all big question marks. Carlo Janka and Didier Cuche still are my favourites. Would like to see Erik Guay taking the bronze!

Slalom

GOLD— Ivica Kostelic, Croatia

SILVER— Reinfried Herbst, Austria

BRONZE— Giuliano Razzoli, Italy

Kostelic only has one win this season. For me, Herbst is the favourite. Marcel Hirscher, from Austria, is also to be watched. Finally, don't forget Julien Lizeroux (France) and Michael Janyk on his home land.

Giant Slalom

GOLD— Benjamin Raich, Austria

SILVER— Max Blardone, Italy

BRONZE— Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

For me, it will be a big surprise to see Raich on the top of the podium. I'd rather see Ted Ligety (US) or Blardone. Marcel Hirschner is also one of my big favourites. Kjetil Jansrud (Norway) is also a good option.

Super-Combi

GOLD— Carlo Janka, Switzerland

SILVER— Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

BRONZE— Julien Lizeroux, France

I think here is the real chance for Bode Miller. It is the only event where I can see him taking a medal. Lizeroux is a good pick. Not sure about Lund Svindal.

Women

Downhill

GOLD— Lindsey Vonn, United States

SILVER— Maria Riesch, Germany

BRONZE— Anja Paerson, Sweden

I agree for gold and silver. However, for the bronze, I see more Ingrid Jacquemod (France) or Fabienne Suter (Switzerland).

Super-G

GOLD— Lindsey Vonn, United States

SILVER— Anja Paerson, Sweden

BRONZE— Elisabeth Goergl, Austria

Okay, good picks!

Slalom

GOLD— Marlies Schild, Austria

SILVER— Maria Riesch, Germany.

BRONZE— Sarka Zahrobska, Czech Republic.

Zahrobska does not have a good season. Would like to see Susanne Riesch on that podium. However, I think Kathrin Zettel (Austria) and Sandrine Aubert (France) will beat her. Zettel-Riesch-Schild for gold, silver and bronze!

Giant Slalom

GOLD— Kathrin Zettel, Germany

SILVER— Tina Maze, Slovenia

BRONZE— Tanja Poutiainen, Finland

Don't forget Kathrin Hoelzl from Germany!

Super-Combi

GOLD— Maria Riesch, Germany

SILVER— Elisabeth Goergl, Austria

BRONZE— Lindsey Vonn, United States

I think Vonn will win this, but Riesch is also a good possibility.

BIATHLON

Women

7.5K sprint

GOLD— Svetlana Sleptsova, Russia

SILVER— Helena Jonsson, Sweden

BRONZE— Olga Medvedtseva, Russia

Sleptsova is not at her best in the sprint, Jonsson or Olofsson Zidek should win.

10K pursuit

GOLD— Helena Jonsson, Sweden

SILVER— Magdalena Neuner, Germany

BRONZE— Anna Carin Olofsson-Zidek, Sweden

Sleptsova should win here instead! Jonsson is a big pick however. Andrea Henkel and Simone Hauswald, from Germany, will also be to watch.

15K individual

GOLD— Helena Jonsson, Sweden

SILVER— Olga Medvedtseva, Russia

BRONZE— Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia

I see Olofsson Zidek on that podium instead of Kuzmina. Okay for silver to Russia, but I would take Olga Zaitseva instead!

12.5K mass start

GOLD— Kati Wilhelm, Germany

SILVER— Anna Carin Olofsson-Zidek, Sweden

BRONZE— Tora Berger, Norway

Oh no! This will be a enormous surprise if it happens! Henkel, Hauswald or Neuner could win for Germany, but Wilhelm I am not sure at all! Jonsson again could be on that podium and the Russians. Darya Domracheva (Belarus), for me, is really strong but struggled this season to prove it while making a lot of stupid mistakes!

Relay

GOLD— Russia

SILVER— Sweden

BRONZE— Germany

Interesting pick! However, I think Germany will beat Sweden.

Men

10K sprint

GOLD— Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway

SILVER— Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

BRONZE— Simon Fourcade, France

Okay, I agree!

12.5K pursuit

GOLD— Evgeny Ustyugov, Russia

SILVER— Tim Burke, United States

BRONZE— Simon Eder, Austria

Well, this is also a good pick!

20K individual

GOLD— Simon Fourcade, France

SILVER— Christoph Sumann, Austria

BRONZE— Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway

I think Svendsen or Bjoerndalen will win this event. Michael Greis (Germany) should also be on the podium. Tomasz Sikora would also be a good pick por Poland.

15K mass start

GOLD— Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway

SILVER— Tomasz Sikora, Poland

BRONZE— Nikolay Kruglov, Russia

Agree!

Relay

GOLD— Norway

SILVER— Russia

BRONZE— France

No, I think Russia will win gold (I am fool? Yeah, I think it will beat Norway) and Austria will certainly take the bronze

BOBSLED

Two-man

GOLD— Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske, Germany

SILVER— Ivo Rueegg and Cedric Grand, Switzerland

BRONZE— Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter, Switzerland

I think a Canadian team will be on the podium and maybe at the top of it, even though Canadians got huge troubles this year in men's bobsleigh.

Four-man

GOLD— Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz, United States

SILVER— Andre Lange, Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske and Martin Putze, Germany

BRONZE— Thomas Florschuetz, Ronny Listner, Richard Adjei and Andreas Barucha, Germany

I would like to see Lyndon Rush taking a medal here. I think Germany will win and Latvia should win something.

Women

GOLD— Sandra Kiriasis and Berit Wiacker, Germany

SILVER— Shauna Rohbock and Michelle Rzepka, United States

BRONZE— Helen Upperton and Jennifer Ciochetti, Canada

Okay, I strongly disagree! Helen Upperton will go to the Games with Shelley-Ann Brown...lol...My pick is Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse for gold. Cathleen Martini should also be on that podium.

CROSS COUNTRY

Women

10K freestyle

GOLD— Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

SILVER— Marit Bjoergen, Norway

BRONZE— Charlotte Kalla, Sweden

Charlotte Kalla should win this event. I think Marianna Longa or Arianna Follis will be on the podium for Italy. Kowalczyk will be better in the pursuit, but she stil is a huge favourite!

Individual sprint, classical

GOLD— Petra Majdic, Slovenia

SILVER— Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

BRONZE— Alena Prochazkova, Russia

Prochazkova is from Slovakia! I think she will win because she won last year in Whistler! Agree for Majdic and Kowaczyk on the podium.

15K pursuit

GOLD— Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

SILVER— Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia

BRONZE— Kristin Stoermer Steira, Norway

Kowalczyk is a lock for gold. I can't see her having a real opponent!

Team sprint, freestyle

GOLD— Russia

SILVER— Slovenia

Bronze—Sweden

I stronly disagree. My pick is Italy, Finland and Sweden!

30K classical

GOLD— Virpi Kuitunen, Finland

SILVER— Petra Majdic, Slovenia

BRONZE— Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Finland

Agree!

Relay

GOLD— Norway

SILVER— Finland

BRONZE— Russia

Oh, I don't think Finland will loose here. Sweden will be very strong though. I don't see Russia on the podium. Norway should take silver or bronze.

Men

15K freestyle

GOLD— Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic

SILVER— Petter Northug, Norway

BRONZE— Vincent Vittoz, France

Vittoz will not be on the podium. Matti Heikkinen (Finland) and Markus Hellner (Sweden) are my favourites, just ahead of Bauer and Northug.

Individual sprint, classical

GOLD— Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway

SILVER— Emil Joensson, Sweden

BRONZE— John Kristian Dahl, Norway

Joensson is my favourite.

30K pursuit

GOLD— Petter Northug, Norway

SILVER— Dario Cologna, Switzerland

Bronze—Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic

Don't think Cologna will win a silver, I give it to Maxim Vylegzhanin!

Team sprint

GOLD— Norway

SILVER— Sweden

BRONZE— Russia

Okay, same pick for me!

50K classical

GOLD— Maxim Vylegzhanin, Russia

SILVER— Tobias Angerer, Germany

BRONZE— Jens Arne Svartedal, Norway

I would like to see Alex Harvey taking gold here and I think it is a possibility. Sami Jauhojaervi (Finland) and Petter Northug (Norway) are the favourites however! Vylegzhanin is really strong too. Svartedal, I don't agree and Angerer will be a biggest surprise than Harvey in my opinion.

Relay

GOLD— Norway

SILVER— Russia

BRONZE— Germany

Well, I see Sweden, Finland or Canada taking the bronze. I don't know why!

CURLING

Men

GOLD— Canada

SILVER— Great Britain

BRONZE— Norway

My pick : Sweden, Canada, Great Britain

Women

GOLD— Canada

SILVER— Sweden

BRONZE— Switzerland

My pick : Canada, China, Switzerland

FREESTYLE SKIING

Men

Aerials

GOLD— Jia Zongyang, China

SILVER— Anton Kushnir, Belarus

BRONZE— Qi Guangpu, China

Kushnir will win it. He won almost every competition this season.

Moguls

GOLD— Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada

SILVER— Dale Begg-Smith, Australia

BRONZE— Alexandr Smyshlyaev, Russia

Begg-Smith or Guilbault Colas (France) will win! I can't see Bilodeau on the top of the podium, maybe Jesper Bjoernlund (Sweden). I don't even know why Smyshlyaev has been taken here? Someone has to explain it to me...

SkiCross

GOLD— Tomas Kraus, Czech Republic

SILVER— Chris Del Bosco, Canada

BRONZE— Michael Schmid, Switzerland

Okay, impossible basically! Kraus is not dominant as he was before. Del Bosco, Schmid or David Duncan (Canada) will win I think. Kraus shoud be happy with a top 5.

Women

Aerials

GOLD— Li Nina, China

SILVER— Evelyne Leu, Switzerland

BRONZE— Guo Xinxin, China

Leu is very inconsistent. Lydia Lassila (Australia) would be my pick for silver though. The two other Chinese could also win.

Moguls

GOLD— Jennifer Heil, Canada

SILVER— Hannah Kearney, United States

BRONZE— Heather McPhie, United States

Same pick as mine!

SkiCross

GOLD— Ashleigh McIvor, Canada

SILVER— Ophelie David, France

BRONZE— Anna Holmlund, Sweden

I see Kelsey Serwa (Canada) for the bronze, not Holmlund!

FIGURE SKATING

Pairs

GOLD— Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, China

SILVER— Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, Germany

BRONZE— Pang Qing and Tong Jian, China

Okay, with the major upsets this year, this is hard to predict! If all goes well, Shen and Zhao should win. However, if they struggle, Savchenko and Szolkowy or the European champions, Kavaguti and Smirnov, could win!

Men

GOLD— Evgeni Plushenko, Russia

SILVER— Evan Lysacek, United States

BRONZE— Patrick Chan, Canada

I just hope Plushenko will be beaten. Lysacek is out of the top 5 for me. He struggled at the US Nationals and a great performance like last year Worlds would be a big surprise for me. Jeremy Abbott (US) is a real candidate for gold after having delivered a outstanding performance at US Nationals! Although Plushenko will be unbeatable in the short, Abbott, Chan and Daisuke Takahashi (Japan) have the talent the make him out of the podium in the long!

Ice Dance

GOLD— Meryl Davis and Charlie White, United States

SILVER— Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, Russia

BRONZE— Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canada

Ah ah ah! Domninina and Shabalin on the podium is really a strange pick. They didn't deserve their last year world title neither their European title. Faiella and Scali should have win. If they delivered the performance they did at Europeans, they will likely finish 5th or 6th. Davis and White are the favourites among with Virtue and Moir. David and White beat them in December. However, there was no compulsory dance at the ISU Grand Prix Final. It will be a real battle between the two couples! If Virtue and Moir delivered the type of performance they did in London, I think they will win (David and White made a mistake in the Original Dance). Belbin and Agosto should get the bronze, although Delobel and Schoenfelder (France) are the big question mark. I hope ISU judges won't give them a gold medal just to maintain the domination of Europe in ice dancing! That would be a shame. North America sweep, this is my prediction!

Women

GOLD— Kim Yu-na, South Korea

SILVER— Mao Asada, Japan

BRONZE— Miki Ando, Japan

I hope both Joannie Rochette (Canada) and Rachael Flatt (United States) will be on the podium. Rochette can win if Kim falters. Asada, even with two triple axels (and she struggled with them), would be a big surprise if she wins. Here are my predictions:

1-Kim

2-Rochette

3-Asada

4-Flatt

5-Suzuki (Japan)

HOCKEY

Men

GOLD— Russia

SILVER— Canada

BRONZE— Sweden

LOL, same pick as mine!

Women

GOLD— Canada

SILVER— United States

BRONZE— Sweden

AGAIN!

LUGE

Men

GOLD— Armin Zoeggeler, Italy

SILVER— David Moeller, Germany (I would take Felix Loch instead)

BRONZE— Albert Demtschenko, Russia

Women

GOLD— Tatjana Huefner, Germany

SILVER— Natalie Geisenberger, Germany

BRONZE— Erin Hamlin, United States (Anke Wieschnweski is my pick for bronze, would equal Germany sweep)

Doubles

GOLD— Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich, Germany

SILVER— Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber, Italy

BRONZE— Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger, Austria

Very unpredictable! I would like to see Italy taking gold. Three german teams, two italians teams and one austrian team could win!

NORDIC COMBINED

Individual normal hill

GOLD— Jason Lamy Chappuis, France

SILVER— Magnus Moan, Norway

BRONZE— Felix Gottwald, Austria (not sure, maybe Hannu Manninen of Finland)

Individual large hill

GOLD— Billy Demong, United States

SILVER— Jason Lamy Chappuis, France

BRONZE— Eric Frenzel, Germany

Team event

GOLD— United States

SILVER— Germany

BRONZE— Norway

SHORT TRACK

Men

500

GOLD— Charles Hamelin, Canada

SILVER— Sung Si-Bak, South Korea (Ohno will take the silver I think)

BRONZE— Francois-Louis Tremblay, Canada

1,000

GOLD— Lee Jung-Su, South Korea (Well, my pick is Ho-Suk Lee)

SILVER— Apolo Anton Ohno, United States (J.R. Celski is my pick)

BRONZE— Sung Si-Bak, South Korea (Kwak is my pick)

1,500

GOLD— Lee Jung-Su, South Korea (Lee is my pick)

SILVER— Charles Hamelin, Canada

BRONZE— Lee Ho-Suk, South Korea (Ohno is my pick)

5,000 Relay

GOLD— South Korea

SILVER— Canada

BRONZE— United States

Women

500

GOLD— Wang Meng, China

SILVER— Kalyna Roberge, Canada

BRONZE— Zhao Nannan, China (Marianna St-Gelais is my piok)

1,000

GOLD— Wang Meng, China

SILVER— Katherine Reutter, United States

BRONZE— Zhou Yang, China

1,500

GOLD— Zhou Yang, China

SILVER— Lee Eun-Byul, South Korea

BRONZE— Sun LinLin, China (Katherine Reutter is my pick)

3,000 Relay

GOLD— China

SILVER— South Korea

BRONZE— Canada

SKELETON

Men

GOLD— Jon Montgomery, Canada

SILVER— Frank Rommel, Germany

BRONZE— Martins Dukurs, Latvia

Women

GOLD— Mellisa Hollingsworth, Canada

SILVER— Shelley Rudman, Great Britain

BRONZE— Marion Trott, Germany

SKI JUMPING

Normal Hill

Gold—Thomas Morgenstern, Austria

Silver—Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria

Bronze—Adam Malysz, Poland

Large Hill

Gold—Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria

Silver—Janne Ahonen, Finland

Bronze—Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria

Team event

Gold—Austria

Silver—Finland (Norway in my opinion)

Bronze—Switzerland (Finland)

SNOWBOARDING

Men

Halfpipe

GOLD— Shaun White, United States

SILVER— Iouri Podladtchikov, Switzerland

BRONZE— Kazuhiro Kokubo, Japan

Same pick as mine!

Snowboardcross

GOLD— Pierre Vaultier, France (HUGE FAVOURITE)

SILVER— Nate Holland, United States

BRONZE— Alberto Schiavon, Italy

I take any Canadian for bronze. They are all great, so...

Parallel Giant Slalom

GOLD— Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada

SILVER— Simon Schoch, Switzerland (What??? Matthew Morrison and Michael Lambert, and Austrians Karl and Prommegger are my picks)

BRONZE— Andreas Prommegger, Austria (nice pick)

Women

GOLD— Gretchen Bleiler, United States

SILVER— Kelly Clark, United States

BRONZE— Torah Bright, Australia

I think Hannah Teter will take the bronze!

Snowboardcross

GOLD— Dominique Maltais, Canada (Oh, it would so great! One of my favourite athletes!)

SILVER— Lindsey Jacobellis, United States

BRONZE— Maelle Ricker, Canada

I think Helene Olafsen (Norway) will take the silver and Jacobellis will be out of the podium!

Parallel Giant Slalom

GOLD— Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli, Switzerland (Nicolien Sauerbreij (NED) is my favourite)

SILVER— Alena Zavarzina, Russia (Alexa Loo or Kimiko Zakreski)

BRONZE— Doris Guenther, Austria (or Marion Kreiner)

SPEEDSKATING

Men

500

GOLD— Lee Kyou-Hyuk, South Korea

SILVER— Joji Kato, Japan

BRONZE— Tucker Fredricks, United States (Kang-Seok Lee is my pick)

1,000

GOLD— Shani Davis, United States

SILVER— Mark Tuitert, Netherlands (Lee)

BRONZE— Lee Kyou-Hyuk, South Korea (Wotherspoon for the bronze)

1,500

GOLD— Shani Davis, United States

SILVER— Denny Morrison, Canada (Enrico Fabris instead)

BRONZE— Chad Hedrick, United States

5,000

GOLD— Sven Kramer, Netherlands

SILVER— Enrico Fabris, Italy

BRONZE— Ivan Skobrev, Russia

10,000

GOLD— Sven Kramer, Netherlands

SILVER— Bob de Jong, Netherlands

BRONZE— Havard Bokko, Norway (maybe Alexis Contin will will the bronze for France, I would like if he could win the gold and beat Kramer, it will bo so interesting)

Team Pursuit

GOLD— Netherlands

SILVER— Italy (no, it won't happen again I think - they won gold in Turin - Canada is my pick)

BRONZE— Canada (Norway)

Women

500

GOLD— Jenny Wolf, Germany

SILVER— Wang Beixing, China

BRONZE— Annette Gerritsen, Netherlands (Sang-Hwa Lee (KOR) is my pick)

1,000

GOLD— Christine Nesbitt, Canada

SILVER— Annette Gerritsen, Netherlands

BRONZE— Monique Angermueller, Germany

Anni Friesinger-Postma will be on the podium I think!

1,500

GOLD— Christine Nesbitt, Canada

SILVER— Kristina Groves, Canada

BRONZE— Ireen Wust, Netherlands

Agree!

3,000

GOLD— Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic

SILVER— Stephanie Beckert, Germany

BRONZE— Ireen Wust, Netherlands

Agree again, but Groves could win a medal!

5,000

GOLD— Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic

SILVER— Kristina Groves, Canada (my pick is Clara Hughes)

BRONZE— Stephanie Beckert, Germany

Team Pursuit

GOLD— Canada

SILVER— Germany (Netherlands)

BRONZE— Netherlands (Germany)

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3 podium sweeps will occur at these games.

Germany will sweep Women's Luge

Canada will sweep Women's 1500m Speedskating

United States will sweep Women's Snowboard pipe

Those three will occur.

27 medals for the U.S. looks about right. But replace Tim Burke (are you kidding me??) with Belbin and Agosto on the Ice Dance podium. North Americans will dominate that event and we'll put 2 on the podium along with the Canadians.

Otherwise all else looks good.

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