Tokyo Olympics Gymnastic Betting Preview: Biles Makes Team USA the Big Favorite for Gold

Posted By Katie Kohler on July 21, 2021 - Last Updated on July 22, 2021

For the first time ever, betting on the Olympics is available outside of Nevada. There will be plenty to wager on at Pennsylvania sports betting apps and lots of anticipation. The Tokyo Olympics features 33 different sports and will hand out medals for 339 events.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to COVID and are scheduled to finally start on Friday, July 23. According to a recent poll, people are most interested in watching gymnastics than any of the other Summer Olympic sports. It’s not surprising that 62% of respondents said they were “somewhat or very interested.” The biggest star representing the Team USA in Tokyo is gymnast Simone Biles.

Biles digs for more gold

The 24-year-old Biles already is “golden” and has made her case for “G.O.A.T” status in gymnastics. She is the most decorated gymnast (man or woman) in World Championship history with 25 World medal championships (19 gold). At the Rio Games she won four gold medals and a bronze and expected to add more medals and excitement to her legacy in Tokyo.

“I’m trying to be better than I was at the last meet, so I’m trying to beat myself,” Biles told NBC television. “And so now I’m doing things that were unimaginable to the sport, and even for myself, and it’s honestly crazy but I’m really excited because I feel like I’ve pushed my limits.”

She definitely has pushed the limits of gymnastics.

In 2019, Simone Biles became the first woman gymnast to land a triple-double in her floor routine. One hour later she did a double-double beam dismount. Both moves are now named after her.

She continued to push the limits in 2020 when she became the first female gymnast to land a Yurchenko Double Pike.

When will Biles and the USA women’s gymnastics team compete?

Here is the schedule for the USA women’s gymnastics team for the Tokyo Olympics. Biles competes in artistic gymnastics. 

(All times EDT)

  • Qualification: Sunday, July 25 2:00 a.m. EDT & 7:20 a.m.
  • Team Final: Tuesday, July 27 6:45 a.m.
  • All-Around Final: Thursday, July 29 6:50 a.m.
  • Vault Final: Sunday, August 1, 4 a.m.
  • Uneven Bars Final: Sunday, August 1, 4 a.m.

Women’s gymnastics odds for the Tokyo Olympics

(Odds from BetMGM PA Sportsbook. Check back as more markets are added)

Women’s artistic gymnastics team all-around gold medal odds (this is what Biles competes in)

  • USA: -650
  • ROC: +500
  • China: +600

Women’s artistic gymnastics individual gold medal 

  • Simone Biles (-350) USA
  • Tang Xijing (+375) China
  • Any other athlete not listed +700

Women’s rhythmic team gold medal odds

  • ROC: -1000
  • Bulgaria: +700
  • Israel: +1000

Women’s rhythmic individual gold medal odds

  • Dina Averina (-450) ROC
  • A Averina (+225) ROC
  • L Ashram (+1000) Israel

Women’s trampoline

  • Hikaru Mori (+150 ) Japan
  • Lingling Liu (+225) China
  • Xueying Zhu (+275) China

Men’s gymnastics odds for the Tokyo Olympics

Men’s artistic gymnastics team all-around gold medal odds

  • ROC: +100
  • China: +175
  • Japan: +400

Men’s trampoline gold medal odds

  • Uladzislau Hancharou (Belarus) +100
  • Lei Gai (China) +150
  • Dong Dong (China) +400

Lead photo by Jeff Roberson/AP

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She is the Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania and covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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