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February 20, 2014

The AP Olympic Digest at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT). The supervisor of the Olympic desk in Sochi is Chris Lehourites. NOTE: Members should get all Olympic copy. Please call the service desk (800 838-4616) for any problems or reruns.

TOP STORIES:

OLY--FIG-WOMEN’S FREE SKATE

SOCHI, Russia — South Korea’s Yuna Kim tries to become the third woman to win consecutive Olympic titles when she skates in the long program. She holds a precarious lead over Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova and Italy’s Carolina Kostner. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Program starts 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

OLY--HKW-US-CANADA

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. and Canada resume their Olympic women’s hockey rivalry when they play for the gold medal. Canada has never missed an Olympic final and is the three-time defending champion. The U.S. has one gold, two silvers and a bronze since the sport was added to the games in 1998. By Jimmy Golen. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.

—With:

— OLY--HKW-Sweden-Switzerland. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

OLY--SKI-UKRAINIAN WITHDRAWS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — A Ukrainian skier withdraws from the Olympics to protest the deaths of anti-government protesters at home. Bogdana Matsotska tells the AP she doesn’t want “to participate when in my country people die.” She’s skipping Friday’s slalom, her best event. By Graham Dunbar and Alexander Roslyakov. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

OLY--WINTER SPORTS-WHAT’S NEXT?

SOCHI, Russia — The sheer cost, size and scale of the Sochi Olympics has outstripped anything done before. The question for future Winter Games is clear: Can anyone — should anyone — try to top that? By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY-Almaty-2022-Bid. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 400 words.

NEWS/POLITICS:

OLY--SOCHI-PUSSY RIOT

SOCHI, Russia — Russian punk band Pussy Riot ends its stay in Sochi by posting a video criticizing the Winter Games and President Vladimir Putin. The band, now off to Moscow, has been filming in Sochi and has had violent run-ins with authorities. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--SPD-LAMB’S FRUSTRATION

SOCHI, Russia — U.S. speedskater Maria Lamb is taking aim at the leadership of her sport after a last-place showing at the Olympics. The Americans have failed to win a medal in Sochi, with much of the focus on the high-tech skinsuits that were dumped midway through the games. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--SPD-New-Events. By Raf Casert. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— OLY--SPD-Americans-Last-Chance. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COMMENTARY:

OLY--JOHN LEICESTER-200214

SOCHI, Russia — Commentary on the women’s figure skating final. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST, 2200 GMT.

FIXTURES:

OLY--OLYMPIC ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia — Figure skating returns to the Olympic spotlight, with the conclusion of a wide-open women’s competition. A Ukranian skier withdraws from the games in response to the violence at home. By David Pace. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.

— With:

— OLY--Sochi Scene — Multiple shareable text-and-photo nuggets about the Olympics, inside the arenas and out. About 50-300 words each, between 12 and 20 items daily. With photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Olympics-5 Things. Five things to know about the Sochi Olympics. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi Olympic Glance. Highlights of Day 14. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 14. UPCOMING: about noon EST, 1700 GMT.

COMPETITION:

Six gold medals: figure skating, women’s hockey, freestyle skiing (two), Nordic combined, curling.

Medals:

OLY--FRE-MEN’S SKICROSS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Jean Frederic Chapuis leads a French sweep in men’s skicross, with Arnaud Bovolenta taking the silver and Jonathan Midol the bronze. The three come to the line single-file, with Midol falling just before the stripe and crossing on his backside. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

OLY--FRE--WOMEN’S HALFPIPE

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Women’s halfpipe skiing makes its Olympic debut two years after the death of Canadian freeskiing pioneer Sarah Burke, whose constant advocacy helped bring the sport to the games. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Final starts 12:30 p.m. EST, 1730 GMT.

OLY--NOR-TEAM

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Norway wins the gold medal in the Nordic combined team event, with cross-country ski specialist Magnus Moan making up a 25-second deficit on the first. The Norwegians are followed by Germany and defending champion Austria. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-WOMEN’S CURLING ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia — Two-time defending champion Sweden plays Canada for the gold medal in women’s curling, a repeat of the 2010 Vancouver final. Britain beats Switzerland for the bronze medal. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Final starts 8:30 a.m. EST, 1330 GMT.

FEATURES/LOOKAHEADS:

OLY--HKO-US-CANADA

SOCHI, Russia — North America’s hockey rivals meet yet again in the men’s semifinals. Defending champion Canada and the U.S. are unbeaten although the Americans have been the most impressive offensive team in Sochi. The Canadians on Friday have one more chance to find their scoring stride. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--SKI-SHIFFRIN’S SLALOM

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin came to the Sochi Games hoping for two medals. Didn’t matter that she’s only 18 or she’s at her first Olympics. After finishing fifth in the giant slalom, the American gets to race Friday in her specialty, the slalom, which she’s ruled the past two years. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— OLY--SKI-Women’s Slalom-Hoefl-Riesch. SENT: 100 words.

OLY--BOB-US WOMEN-FUTURE

SOCHI, Russia — Elana Meyers and Jamie Greubel have weddings to plan before they resuming driving. Lolo Jones might be back, Lauryn Williams probably won’t be and Aja Evans will try track for a while. After a two-medal Olympics, the U.S. women’s bobsled team should look different when the path to Pyeongchang begins this fall. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

OLY--BOB-US PREPARES

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — USA-1 driver Steven Holcomb has two days to get his injured calf healthy and to figure out how to catch Russia’s Alexander Zubkov, who poses the biggest threat to unseat Holcomb as four-man Olympic champion. In between, Holcomb is delivering zingers on late-night TV. By Tom Withers. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-MURDOCH’S MOMENT

SOCHI, Russia — David Murdoch was 10 years old at the time and in his father’s car when he saw the plane explode over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988. Now Murdoch is the skip of the British team that plays for the men’s curling gold medal Friday against Canada. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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