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OLY--SOCHI-OPENING CEREMONY

SOCHI, Russia — They're designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OLY--REMEMBERING THE CRASH

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Just hours before the flame was ignited on Feb. 12, 2010 in Vancouver, an otherwise typical morning in the picture-perfect Blackcomb Mountains turned tragic when Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed. By Tom Withers. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

OLY--OLYMPICS-WHAT TO WATCH

SOCHI, Russia — Time for the games to begin. Thank goodness. To put it mildly, this has not been the most carefree of lead-ups to the Olympics. It has been roiled by security concerns, arguments about gay rights and the still-questionable hosting abilities of a country that spent $50 billion but remained busy slapping paint on buildings only hours before the cauldron was set to be lit. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 680 words, photos.

OLY--TOOTHPASTE-SECURITY

SOCHI, Russia — Despite a temporary Russian ban on liquids in carry-on luggage, some air travelers heading to the Sochi Olympics through Moscow have brought toothpaste and other toiletries past security checkpoints without any problems. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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OLY--IOC-SOCHI

SOCHI, Russia — A record number of world dignitaries are coming to the Sochi Olympics, triple the amount that attended the 2010 Vancouver Games, Russian organizers said Thursday on the eve of the opening ceremony. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 620 words, photos.

OLY--IOC-RIO

SOCHI, Russia — With the Sochi Games about to start, the IOC faced up Thursday to the next challenge: overcoming the delays for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 500 words.

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SOCHI, Russia — BC-OLY--Olympics-Glance. SENT: 500 words.

SOCHI, Russia — BC-OLY--Olympics-5-Things. SENT: 370 words.

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OLY--SKI-ALPINE ROUNDUP

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Bode Miller gets another look at the Olympic Alpine downhill course in Friday's second training run after having the best time on Day 1. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. ET (0900 GMT). By Howard Fendrich.

OLY--FIG-TEAM SHORT PROGRAM

SOCHI, Russia — Russia's figure skaters didn't have to look far for inspiration. With their countrymen waving Russian flags throughout the Iceberg, they made the first night of competition at the Sochi Olympics all theirs. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OLY--HKO-CANADA-ST LOUIS

SOCHI, Russia — Canada's Olympic hockey team has picked a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning forward to replace an injured one. Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Martin St. Louis is on the roster for the Sochi games to replace Steven Stamkos. SENT: 320 words.

OLY--SBD-SLOPESTYLE

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Snowboarders kicked off competition at the Olympics on Thursday by making the slopestyle layout that Shaun White deemed "intimidating" feel anything but that. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 880 words, photos.

OLY--FRE-WOMEN'S MOGULS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Hannah Kearney's quest for an Olympic repeat started flawlessly Thursday as she easily topped qualifying. The 27-year-old American posted a score of 23.05 to move into Saturday's finals and move one step closer to bookending the gold she won in Vancouver four years ago. By Will Graves. SENT: 580 words, photos.

SKI JUMPING-MEN'S NORMAL HILL

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Thomas Morgenstern, who returned from serious injuries after a ski jumping fall just a month ago, is back on the normal hill at the Sochi Olympics on Friday with other podium aspirants in further training runs for Sunday's gold medal final. By Dennis Passa. 400 words expected by 6 a.m. ET (1100 GMT).

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OLY--SKI-PAERSON'S PRIDE

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Six-time Olympic Alpine medalist Anja Paerson is retired from the slopes now. She's at the Sochi Olympics, working for Swedish TV, and she has some pointed views against Russia's anti-gay laws. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m. ET. (0800 GMT) By Andrew Damp.

OLY--SKI-US-AUSTRIAN CONNECTION

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin's success at the Sochi Olympics could hinge on help from one of a handful of Austrians who coach the U.S. team. By Pat Graham and Howard Fendrich. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OLY--HKW-BLOWOUT BUSTER

SOCHI, Russia — For women's hockey, the game between the United States and Canada is the highlight of the Olympics and it usually comes with the gold medal at stake. This year, the wait will be a little shorter. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 740 words, photos.

BC-OLY--SPD-AMERICAN HOPES

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. speedskating team's best Olympic performances have come on home ice. Now, in the faraway Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Americans think they have a shot at matching their biggest medal haul. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 590 words, photos.

OLY--SPD-SUITING UP

SOCHI, Russia — Forget about the sharpest blades and think "tightest suit" instead. For nations like the Netherlands and the United States, those skintight suits could provide the edge to top the Olympic speedskating medals table. By Raf Casert. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OLY--HKY-SWEDEN-SEDIN

MONTREAL— NHL star Henrik Sedin pulled out of the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, saying he's physically unable to play for Sweden. SENT. 136 words.