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Paris Bound: Betting on the US Olympic Flagbearer

Gymnastics star Simone Biles headlines our betting odds to carry the Olympic flag for USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

She is listed at -500 to carry the honor, topping markets over the likes of Yianni Diakomihalis and Noah Lyles, who have attracted some attention.

Paris Bound: Betting on the US Olympic Flagbearer
Winner US' Simone Biles | Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP

The Olympics aren’t far away, so now is the time to bet on this market.


The G.O.A.T. Deserves the Torch: Simone Biles for Olympic Flagbearer

There is no one more deserving of carrying the Olympic flag than Biles at the Opening Ceremony.

The 27-year-old is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, winning 37 world and Olympic medals in total.

It’s an impressive feat, and she’s the most decorated gymnast of all time, so there’s no reason to not give her the flag.

She carried it in the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, so we expect her to be considered for the more prestigious opening ceremony.

The odds aren’t huge, but she is the clear front-runner and could be a great addition to bump your parlay bets.


Who is Yianni Diakomihalis? Wrestler Makes Case for Olympic Flagbearer Spot

Yianni Diakomihalis isn’t a household name around most of the world, but his appeal could grow if he carries the US flag.

The wrestler will compete in his first Olympic Games after finishing fourth at the 2020 trials.

Since then, he won the 2022 US World Team trials before winning the Pan American Games gold medal, so there’s nothing wrong with his credentials on the mat.

However, we’re surprised to see him on the second line of betting at +550. His national acclaim is spreading, but it would be an interesting choice.


Noah Lyles Eyes Olympic Flag and Sprint Double

Noah Lyles is the headline act on the athletics track. He made headlines late last year after saying the NBA Champions shouldn’t be called World Champions, and although we agree, he didn’t win too many friends.

However, Lyles is the king on the track, and he’s a true world champion, which could see him carry the US flag.

The 26-year-old, who will turn 27 before the Olympics starts, hopes his World Championships form trumps that of his 2020 Tokyo Olympics performance.

He ran in the 200m final and finished third, but since then he has notched gold medals in the 100m and 200m at the World Championships.

Bettors get +1000 for Lyles to proudly carry the flag, and he’s worth entertaining.


Give Me a Break

So, breakdancing is now an Olympic ‘sport’.

Despite our disdain at that decision, one breakdancer has attracted attention in betting markets, so we won’t ignore it.

Sunny Choi is a 35-year-old dancer for Team USA, and she has firmed into +1400 odds to carry the flag.

It would bring in a new era for the ceremony, which often sees the very best athletes carry the flag. We’re not saying break dancers aren’t athletes, but it would be a strange choice.

It all depends on how progressive the committee wants to be, and based on Olympic betting markets, she’s a chance.



Questions Of The Day

Where can I bet on the Olympic flag carrier?

We have Olympic flag carrier markets in our entertainment section, under Olympics Specials.

Who is the favorite to carry the US Olympic flag?

Simone Biles is the raging hot favorite to carry the US flag, as one of the most decorated athletes of all time.

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