Canada's 20-to-1 to win medal count at Sochi Olympics

Canada's men's curling team shows off their gold medals at the Vancouver Olympics in this 2010 file...

Canada's men's curling team shows off their gold medals at the Vancouver Olympics in this 2010 file photo. (DANIEL MALLARD/QMI AGENCY)

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Germany wants to repeat their successes in Vancouver four years ago when their athletes compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics next month.

The country finished in the top three in the medals table in 2010 along with Canada and the United States.

Team Canada is currently 20/1 to win the medal haul in Sochi, with the U.S. at 2/1. The Germans, according to some online betting sites, currently have the third best odds with the Norway just behind the Americans.

Canada sits fifth, one spot in back of hosts Russia.

"Our aim is again to win at least 30 medals like Vancouver or even to exceed that," German Olympic sports confederation general secretary Michael Vesper told reporters on Tuesday. "We want to be on the podium in the final medals count.

"It will certainly be no easy task but we will fight for it. It is an ambitious target but our federations are well positioned and our athletes fully motivated."

Vesper said he was confident Russian authorities would offer maximum security despite recent suicide bombings in Volgograd.

The Games open on Feb. 7 in the Black Sea resort on the western edge of the Caucasus mountains where insurgents want to carve out an Islamic state.

Russian forces have gone on combat alert this week in Sochi and around 37,000 personnel are now in place to provide security at the Olympics.

The Germans, expected to send a team of 160-plus athletes to the first Winter Games to be held in Russia, are a traditional powerhouse with a wide range of medal contenders in almost every sport.

Luger Felix Loch, Alpine skier Maria Hoefl-Riesch and figure skaters Aljona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy are among their big-name athletes.

-With QMI files


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