Betting on Olympic booty calls and other novelty props

Jul 26, 2012 |
Betting on Olympic booty calls and other novelty props
There will be 150,000 condoms available for athletes and officials at London 2012.
There will be 150,000 condoms available for athletes and officials at London 2012.
Will the Olympic Village run out of condoms? According to, the odds are 6-1 that a condom shortage will occur at this year’s London games.

The Daily Mail reports 150,000 raincoats will be on hand in London - 50,000 more than the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics - which averages out to 15 condoms per athlete. That's one more per jock than Vancouver where health officials provided 100,000 free condoms to the roughly 7,000 athletes and officials.

But it wasn’t enough to keep up with the demand. The Canadian Foundation for AIDS research sent an emergency shipment of an additional 8,500 rubbers to satisfy the libidos at the Olympic Village. It was the first time a shortage had struck the games since free condoms were first distributed at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Bettors will be placing wagers on much more than the events at the 2012 Olympics. The William Hill gambling house is offering 1,000-1 odds that a flying saucer is spotted over Olympic Stadium during Friday's opening ceremony. But the crazy bets don't end there - not by a long shot.

Here are some of the novelty prop bets available prior to the opening of the summer games.

Who will light the flame at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony?

10/11 – Steve Redgrave - Redgrave is one of only four Olympians to have won a gold medal at five consecutive Olympic Games. The rower’s achievement has him hailed as Britain's greatest Olympian.

5/4 – Roger Bannister - Is best known for running the first mile in less than four minutes.

7/1 - David Beckham –Will show off his skills with a flaming football during the Opening Ceremonies. Will he also light the flame?

8/1 - Muhammad Ali – The boxing legend was the star of a London charity gala Wednesday that kicked off the Olympic party season.

9/1 - Bradley Wiggins- Won the 2012 Tour de France and is the only cyclist to have won a Grand Tour and Olympic track cycling gold.

11/1 - Any member of the British Royal Family – The Queen is scheduled to open the Games. Among the other members of the royal family who are scheduled to attend are Charles, Prince of Wales; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince Harry.

11/1 - Daley Thompson – The decathlete won gold at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984.

12/1 - Kelly Holmes – Won gold in the 800 and 1500 metre track events at the 2004 Games in Athens.

18/1 - Tom Daley – Was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the 10-metre platform diving event at the tender age of 15.

Color of Queen’s Opening Ceremony Hat

1/4 - Orange/Peach

7/1 - Light Blue

8/1 - Red

10/1 - Yellow

10/1 - Grey/Silver

10/1 - Bright Blue

To Become an Olympic Sport by 2020

66/1 - Bog Snorkling

80/1 - Cheese Rolling

100/1 - Three Legged Race

100/1 - Sheep Shearing

150/1 - Ladder Racing

150/1 - Chess Boxing

200/1 - Toe Wrestling

250/1 - Tiddly Winks

250/1 - Shin Kicking

250/1 - Wife Carrying

500/1 - Egg and Spoon

500/1 - Speed Reading

500/1 - Extreme Ironing

*Odds courtesy of

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