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BC-AP Olympic Digest

February 15, 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.



SOCHI, Russia — No protests. No real problems. But plenty of Putin. Midway through the Winter Olympics, things couldn’t be going much better for both Vladimir Putin and Russia, even if winter is actually missing from Sochi itself. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Each time an Olympics approaches, the ideal is articulated once more: Those who oversee the games say they bring humanity together to promote amity and athletic excellence. But in Sochi this week, politics percolate everywhere. The Olympics are the planet’s most political apolitical event. By National Writer Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — A classic Olympic hockey rivalry is rekindled when Russia faces the U.S. in the marquee game of the preliminary round. President Vladimir Putin might be in the crowd to cheer Alex Ovechkin’s Russians against an American team that looked spectacular in its opener. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 EST, 1230 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Anna Fenninger gives Austria its third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the women’s super-G, and teammate Nicole Hosp gets the bronze, part of a strong showing in Sochi so far by the country’s Alpine team. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--SKI-Struggling Americans. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon EST, 9 p.m. 1700 GMT.

— OLY--SKI-Hoefl-Riesch’s Silver. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 500, photos.

— OLY--SKI-Men’s Super-G. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 500 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — When U.S. Speedskating hooked up with Under Armour to develop a new high-tech speed skinsuit that would revolutionize the sport at the Sochi Olympics, the vision was gold, silver and bronze. The result was a total debacle. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 850 words, photos.



KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova broke and dislocated her spine while training and underwent emergency surgery, Russian officials say. She was practicing on a sunny morning on a course with sharply banked turns and big jumps. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — A campaign to draw attention to Russia’s anti-gay laws isn’t gaining traction among Olympic athletes, who so far have avoided saying or doing anything to protest the measures. Organizers, however, believe some athletes may speak out before the games are over. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 550 words, photos.


BEIJING — Hosting an Olympics or World Cup can showcase an ambitious country’s rise but cast a harsh light on its weaknesses. In Sochi, the eye-popping cost of the Winter Games and logistical fumbles draw as much attention as figure skaters and snowboarders. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — With no positive tests recorded more than halfway through the Sochi Olympics, the IOC believes the stringent anti-doping net put in place for the games has scared cheaters away. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— Also:

— WASHINGTON — Obama-Olympic-Delegation. SENT: 250 words.

— OLY-Pyeongchang-Snow. By Jung-Yoon Choi. SENT: 500 words,



SOCHI, Russia — Out with the new and in with the old. American speedskaters shed their new, high-tech skinsuits and pull on their old-fashioned gear, hoping the switch for Saturday’s races will break their so-far dismal showing in the Sochi Olympics. In all, seven gold medals are awarded. By David Pace. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 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 9. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 9. UPCOMING: about noon EST, 1700 GMT.


Seven gold medals: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, short-track speedskating (two), skeleton, ski jumping, speedskating.



SOCHI, Russia — Shani Davis tries to bounce back in a new — actually, old — suit for the 1,500-meter speedskating race. The American has plenty of challengers for gold, including Russian favorite Denis Yuskov and the Dutch, who are looking to break the record for most medals by a country at the oval. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race started 8:30 a.m. EST, 1330 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Charlotte Kalla erases a 25-second deficit on the final leg and wins a three-way sprint at the end to give Sweden the Olympic gold in the women’s 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay. Heavy pre-race favorite Norway fails to win a medal. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--XXC-US-Hopes-Dashed. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING. 400 words photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — Viktor Ahn leads a 1-2 Russian finish in men’s 1,000-meter short track, igniting a raucous crowd. In the women’s 1,500 final, Zhou Yang of China won the gold in a successful defense of the Olympic title she won four years ago. By Beth Harris. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 a.m., 1600 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov takes a commanding lead over Latvia’s Martins Dukurs into the final two runs of men’s skeleton. It’s a two-man race for gold and a battle for bronze between U.S. roommates John Daly and Matt Antoine. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Races start 9:45 a.m. EST, 1445 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Normal hill gold medalist Kamil Stoch of Poland tries to become only the third man to win both individual ski jumping events at the same Olympics when he competes in the large hill final. By Dennis Passa. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Final starts 12:30 p.m. EST, 1730 GMT.



SOCHI, Russia — Slovenia is not satisfied with just showing up to play hockey at the Olympics for the first time. Its players want to win. They made that very clear a surprising 3-1 victory over unsteady Slovakia. SENT: 550 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Jaromir Jagr looks to celebrate his 42nd birthday with a goal in his third straight Olympic outing when the Czech Republic faces Switzerland. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.

— With:

— OLY--HKO-Sweden-Latvia. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.


— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--HKW-Sweden-Finland. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--HKW-Russia-Switzerland. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 300 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — China and Sweden win easily to move into a two-way tie for the lead in men’s curling and are assured at least a tiebreaker for a semifinal place. Defending champion Canada beats Britain 7-5, leaving both teams at 5-2. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — Canada virtually sealed its place in the semifinals of women’s Olympic curling by beating Japan 8-6 for a sixth straight win. China, Britain and Sweden are tied for second. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.

— Also:

— KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — OLY--NOR-Nordic-Large-Hill. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 500 words, photos.



SOCHI, Russia — Patrick Chan didn’t get what he came to Sochi for, that elusive Olympic men’s figure skating gold medal that Canada never has taken home. Now he’s at a crossroads at age 23, and he’s uncertain if he will keep skating competitively. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — For nearly every athlete who dons a bib at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, there is a tale of injury, rehab and the long road back to competition. Yet they keep on going. Blame it on the unmatchable surge that comes when they point their board or their skis down the mountain. By Will Graves. SENT: 750 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — For the last decade, Lindsey Jacobellis has been the most consistent snowboarder in a sport that does not lend itself to consistency. She’s missing one thing, and anyone who tunes in for snowboardcross only once every four years knows exactly what that is: Olympic gold. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 600 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Driving a bobsled through curves at 80 mph is nothing compared to what Jazmine Fenlator faced elsewhere: juggling numerous jobs, coping with her mother’s illness and struggling with financial hardship when Hurricane Irene damaged the family’s New Jersey home. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — It’s been 78 years since the U.S. won an Olympic gold medal in two-man bobsled. The Americans say that’s long enough. Now, Steven Holcomb’s USA-1 is the favorite, with the first two runs of that event on Sunday. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Brian Shimer has been coming to the Olympics for half his life, first as an athlete and now a coach. He still can’t talk about the games without getting choked up, so it’s clear to his athletes on the U.S. squad that medals would mean the world to him. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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