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February 17, 2014

The AP Olympic digest at 10 p.m. EST (0300 GMT). The supervisor of the Olympic desk in Sochi is Fred Lief. NOTE: All members should get all Olympic copy. Please call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) if any problems or for reruns.



SOCHI, Russia — They stepped onto the podium, one after another, teammates and friends, all decked out in the same uniform. All by themselves, Dutch speedskaters have pushed their country to the top of the medals table at the Sochi Games. The long-track team already has a record 16 medals, the short trackers have chipped in with one, for a total that left the Netherlands one ahead of the mighty United States and host Russia. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT. 820 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — This medal mattered to Bode Miller. Not so much because, at 36, his tie for the bronze in Sunday’s super-G — behind winner Kjetil Jansrud and surprise runner-up Andrew Weibrecht — makes Miller the oldest Alpine medalist in Olympic history. Or even because he now owns six medals in all, the second-highest total for a male ski racer and tied for second among U.S. Winter Olympians in any sport. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 850 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova has been airlifted to Germany for further treatment after surgery on her fractured spine, the Russian freestyle ski federation says. By Stephen Wilson. SENT. 680 words, photos.


BOLSHOI KICHMAI, Russia — While Vladimir Putin and rich Olympic sponsors watch the Winter Games in gleaming arenas, boys in nearby Bolshoi Kichmai herd their goats by tying them to rickety bicycles, riding against the wind through a rocky valley where invading Russian armies slaughtered their ancestors 150 years ago. By Angela Charlton. SENT. 980 words, photos.



KRASNAYA GOLYANA, Russia — At these Winter Games, the term “Olympic family” can often be used literally. All over Sochi, siblings are competing next to each other — some as teammates, some as rivals. For all of them, the experience makes for a special addition to the family album. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — A few miles from the ski slopes of Krasnaya Polyana, an outdoor bathhouse attracts visitors who feel so strongly about their weekend tradition of sweating it out in a steam room and whipping each other with bunches of leafy branches that even a crucial hockey game against their old rivals can’t stand in the way. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 760 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Between photos and insights about their Olympic experience, some Olympians are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of postings on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in their name. By John Leicester. SENT: 600 words, photos.


ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — India’s flag has finally been hoisted at the Sochi Olympics, five days after the IOC lifted a 14-month ban and more than a week after the games began. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 650 words, photos.



SOCHI, Russia — If you thought “All My Children” was good on TV, wait until you see it on ice. By Sports Columnist Jim Litke. SENT. 850 words, photos.



SOCHI, Russia — Russia is having a tough time winning on the Olympic ice, and the Netherlands can’t seem to lose. By David Pace. 730 words, photos.

— 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: 250 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi Olympic Glance. Highlights of Day 9. SENT. 600 words, photos.


Four gold medals were awarded Sunday in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, speedskating and snowboarding.



KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Kjetil Jansrud won his audition for Norwegian idol at the Sochi Olympics. In an Alpine event that Norway absolutely owns, Jansrud wins a thrilling men’s super-G race one week after earning bronze in downhill. By Pat Graham and Graham Dunbar. SENT. 720 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--SKI-Hudec’s Journey. By Andrew Dampf. SENT. 520 words, photos.

— OLY--SKI-Men’s Super-G-Svindal. By Pat Graham. SENT. 700 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Sweden completes a double in the Olympic cross-country skiing relays when the men’s team defends its title in the 4x10-kilometer event. The Swedish women earned a narrow come-from-behind victory on Saturday. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 600 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — The Dutch are just racing themselves at the Olympic speedskating oval. Jorien ter Mors leads another Netherlands sweep at Adler Arena, beating favorite Ireen Wust in the women’s 1,500 meters and setting up a shot at becoming the first skater to win medals in both long and short track. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT. 850 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--SPD-Double Dutch-Ter Mors. By Raf Casert. 480 words, photos.

— OLY--SPD-Dismal Americans. By Beth Harris. 860 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic wins the women’s snowboardcross gold, posting three wire-to-wire victories. Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. fails to make it to the medal round after crashing near the end of the slushy course in the semifinals. By Will Graves. SENT. 500 words, photos.



SOCHI, Russia — Phil Kessel scores two of his three goals in the opening 4:33 and becomes the first U.S. player with an Olympic hat trick in more than a decade, leading the Americans to a 5-1 win over Slovenia. By Larry Lage. SENT: 500 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Drew Doughty earned a spot on Canada’s Olympic team because of his ability to move the puck, skate and hit hard. The Los Angeles defenseman is also providing Canada with a surprising offensive boost at the Sochi Games, breaking a scoreless tie midway through the first period and scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, giving the Canadians a 2-1 win over Finland. By Larry Lage. SENT. 730 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — With miserable memories of T.J. Oshie still fresh in their minds, the Russians were right back in another shootout. By Greg Beacham. 800 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Charlie White and Meryl Davis set an international personal best with 78.89 points to lead Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada by 2.56 as they seek to win the United States’ first Olympic gold medal in ice dancing. By Rachel Cohen. SENT. 740 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Olympic two-man bobsled has become one man’s race. Russia’s Alexander Zubkov sets a track record on his first run, then opens some distance on the rest of the field with a second clean trip down his home track to open a commanding lead at the halfway point. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT. 750 words, photos.

— With

— BC-OLY--BOB-Myers’ Sled. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 500 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Sweden’s curlers give each other long, warm hugs on the edge of the ice and wave into a TV camera after securing their place in the Olympic semifinals. By Steve Douglas. SENT. 560 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Brad Jacobs set himself up for a shot he practices more than any other, released his final rock and saw it curl right onto the button for the win. By Steve Douglas. SENT. 600 words, photos.


Seven medals will be awarded Monday in bobsled, biathlon (2), freestyle skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and ski jumping.


SOCHI, Russia — World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. hold the lead over training partners and defending Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir going into the free skate finale of ice dance. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING. Starts at 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

— Also:

OLY--FIG-Free Dance-Lookahead. By Barry Wilner. SENT. 480 words.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Two-time gold medalist Martin Fourcade of France and Norwegian standout Ole Einar Bjoerrndalen will be among the 30 leading biathletes battling it out in the delayed 15-kilometer mass start. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING. Race starts at 1 a.m. EST, 0600 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Darya Domracheva of Belarus is aiming for her third straight gold medal in the women’s 12.5K mass start race, the final individual biathlon competition of the Sochi Olympics. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING. Race starts at 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

— Also:

OLY--BIA-Lookahead. By Eric Willemsen. SENT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Belarusian veteran Alexei Grishin attempts to defend the men’s Olympic aerials title he won four years ago in Vancouver. By Will Graves. UPCOMING. Finals start at 12:30 p.m. EST, 1730 GMT.

— Also:

— OLY--FRE-Men’s Aerials-Lookahead. By Will Graves. SENT. 590 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Alexander Zubkov and his brakeman Alexey Voevoda of Russia take a big lead into the last two runs of the men’s two-man bob at the Sanki Sliding Center. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING. Starts at 9:30 a.m. EST, 1430 GMT.

— Also:

— OLY--BOB-Two-Man-Lookahead. By Tim Reynolds. SENT. 480 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Winter X Games snowboardcross champion Nate Holland attempts to add an Olympic title to his resume, four years after finishing fourth in Vancouver. By National Writer. Eddie Pells. UPCOMING. Finals start at 4:30 a.m. EST, 0930 GMT.

— Also:

— OLY--SBD-Men’s Snowboardcross-Lookahead. By Eddie Pells. SENT. 560 words, photo.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Japanese skiers, led by large hill silver medalist Noriaki Kasai, look to be favorites going into the ski jump team competition, the sport’s final Olympic event at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. By Dennis Passa. UPCOMING. Starts at 12:25 p.m. EST, 1715 GMT.

— Also:

— OLY--JUM-Team-Lookahead. By Dennis Passa. SENT. 495 words, photos.

Non-Medal Events:


SOCHI, Russia — Canada, Sweden and the U.S. men all made it through preliminary Olympic play without a loss, giving them an extra day off before the chase for medals begins this week. Whether that’s an advantage is debatable, because no team in such a situation has won a gold medal since the NHL joined the games in 1998. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 9 a.m. EST, 1400 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — Even on one good leg, Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk has been one of his team’s best players. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--CUR-Men’s Curling Roundup

SOCHI, Russia — Norway, China and Britain are fighting for the two remaining spots in the Olympic semifinals in men’s curling heading into the last round of games. China (6-2) meets Britain (5-3) and Norway (5-3) plays Denmark. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING. By 9 a.m. EST, 1400 GMT.

OLY--CUR-Women’s Curling Roundup

SOCHI, Russia — With Canada and Sweden through to the semifinals of women’s Olympic curling, China, Britain, Switzerland and Japan fight for the two available spots in the last four. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING. By 3 a.m. EST, 0800 GMT.



SOCHI, Russia — Defending gold medalist Yuna Kim seems to be approaching the Sochi Olympics women’s competition as just another job, certainly not as thrilling as her first games in Vancouver, where she enchanted the sports world. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 530 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lindsey Jacobellis, the woman who has dominated her sport for a decade, came to the Olympics for the third time in search of the gold medal she gave away once and lost in one of those so-called “racin’ deals” the other time. She failed again. By Eddie Pells. SENT. 760 words, photos.

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