Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and the girl power behind US hopes of a gold rush; GB medal double
Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn are expected to lead an American gold rush at the Winter Olympics with Team USA's women forecast to bring serious girl power to the Games.
The USA are the team that will benefit most from its female competitors as they are tipped to claim 18 medals, over half of their country's projected total of 29 (see final medal projections below).
Germany is tipped to top the medal table with 39 medals which includes 14 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze. It would overhaul their record from Salt Lake City in 2002 when they picked up 36.
Team Germany is particularly expected to excel in biathlon with a possible nine medals. This would be two shy of Germany’s own Olympic Games record of 11, set at the 2006 Games.
Norway are tipped to finish second in what looks like a tight battle at the top. They benefit by five medals due to the absence of Russia, who were predicted to win 20 medals as a team.
Speedskater Elise Christie is tipped to win Great Britain's prospective total of two with a silver in the 1000m and a bronze in the 500m.
15 competitors are tipped to win at least three medals:
- Laura Dahlmeier (Germany, Biathlon)
- 6 medals forecast - 6 Gold (7.5km Sprint, 10km Pursuit, 12.5km Mass Start, 15km Individual, 4x6km Relay, 2x6+2x7.5km Relay)
- Martin Fourcade (France, Biathlon)
- 6 medals - 3 Gold (12.5km Pursuit, 15km Mass Start, 20km Individual), 2 Silver (10km Sprint, 2x6+2x7.5km Relay), 1 Bronze (4x7.5km Relay)
- Johannes Bø (Norway, Biathlon)
- 5 medals - 2 Gold (10km Sprint, 4x7.5km Relay), 2 Silver (12.5km Pursuit, 15km Mass Start), 1 Bronze (2x6+2x7.5km Relay)
- Marit Bjørgen (Norway, Cross Country Skiing)
- 4 medals - 3 Gold (2x7.5km Skiathlon, 30km Classic Style, 4x5km Relay), 1 Bronze (Sprint Classic Style)