BC-AP Olympic Digest,ADVISORY
Feb. 09, 2014
The AP Olympic digest 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.
OLY--SILENCE ON GAY RIGHTS
SOCHI, Russia — Plenty of athletes made clear before traveling to Sochi how unhappy they were about gay rights being curtailed in Russia. But now in Sochi, there has not been a squeak of public protest from the 2,870 Olympians. By John Leicester. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — No one proved a tougher draw when it mattered than the Russians at home in winter. But woe unto the Russian Olympian who lets his countrymen down at these games — even if what's at stake is the nation's image and not its survival. By Senior Sports Writer Jim Litke. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — All the grim talk leading to these Olympics gave way to more uplifting things on Saturday: gold medals from American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg, Norwegians Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Marit Bjoergen and Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer. There are eight gold medals to be awarded Sunday. By Fred Lief. SENT. 650 words, photos.
— OLY--Sochi Scene — Multiple shareable text-and-photo nuggets about what's happening at 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 2 of the Winter Games. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos from Saturday. SENT.
— Eight gold medals will be awarded on Day 3: Alpine, figure skating, biathlon, cross-country, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, speedskating and luge.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Bode Miller's career in the Olympics has twisted and turned through five Winter Games, 15 races so far and five medals won — including one gold. Miller and Askel Lund Svindal are the gold medal favorites in the men's downhill on Sunday, the first Alpine skiing final at the Sochi Olympics. By Howard Fendrich. Begins at 2 a.m. EST, 0700 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — In Russia's storied figure skating history, Evgeni Plushenko is already one of the greats. Now there's a new way to win an Olympic medal in the sport, and the three-time medalist might be the one who propels Russia to victory — and what could turn out to be the first gold of these Sochi Games for the host nation. By Sports Writer Rachel Cohen. Begins at 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — Still cursing the suspension which ruled her out of the Vancouver Games four years ago, German veteran Claudia Pechstein is back at the Olympics with a realistic shot at a record-breaking win in Sunday's 3,000 meters. By Sports Writer Raf Casert. Begins 6:30 a.m. EST, 1130 GMT.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Jamie Anderson, a heavy favorite before the Sochi Games began, will have to fend off a group that includes top qualifier Anna Gasser and Torah Bright, who is bidding for an unprecedented Olympic triple, to have any chance of winning the women's slopestyle gold medal on Sunday. By Sports Writer Will Graves. Final begins at 4:15 a.m., 0915 GMT.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Germany's Felix Loch is potentially two runs away from becoming the third man to successfully defend the Olympic title.
He leads Russia's Albert Demchenko by 0.294 seconds at the midway point of the competition, with Italy's Armin Zoeggeler another 0.450 seconds back in third place. By Tim Reynolds. Begins at 9:30 a.m. EST, 1430 GMT.
OLY--JUM--MEN'S NORMAL HILL
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The RusSki Gorki Jumping Center hosts its first gold medal event of the Sochi Games — the normal hill final Sunday evening on the mountains overlooking Krasnaya Polyana. By Sports Writer Dennis Passa. Final begins at 1:35 p.m. EST, 1835 GMT.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Petter Northug's form has been one of the big question marks heading into the cross-country skiing events at the Sochi Olympics. The first indication of whether the Norwegian is back to his best will come Sunday in the men's 30-kilometer skiathlon. By Sports Writer Mattias Karen. Begins at 5 a.m. EST, 1000 GMT.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — After the men kicked off the biathlon events at the Sochi Olympics, the women come next with the 7.5-kilometer sprint on Sunday. By Eric Willemsen. Begins at 9:30 a.m. EST, 1430 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — Eight years after upsetting the United States to win the women's hockey silver medal in Turin, Sweden opens its Sochi Games tournament Sunday against Japan. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. Begins at 3 a.m. EST, 0800 GMT.
BC-OLY--CUR-UNITED STATES-THE BROWNS.
SOCHI, Russia — Meet the Browns, the so-called First Family of Curling. Erika is skip of the United States women's team at the Sochi Olympics, brother Craig is in the men's team and father Steve, also a former world champion, will coach the country's Paralympic team later this month. For good measure, the family owns a curling supply store. UPCOMING, with photos. By Steve Douglas. 500 words. By 3 a.m. EST, 0800 GMT.
OLY--NOR-INDIVIDUAL NORMAL HILL-LOOKAHEAD
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — To be furthest on the jumping hill, followed by fastest on the cross-country ski course: that's the ultimate goal for Nordic combined athletes as they begin their quest Sunday for Sochi Olympics gold. By Sports Writer Dennis Passa. SENT: 509 words, photos.
— Five gold medals were awarded on Day 2: biathlon, cross-country, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, speedskating.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. won the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, soaring to victory in men's slopestyle. The snowboarder, nicknamed "second-run Sage" because of his late surges, tamed a treacherous with the run of his life. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 858 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Justine Dufour-Lapointe was stunned. She had just knocked off the best moguls skier in the world to win the Olympic gold medal. By Eddie Pells. SENT. 801 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Sven Kramer of the Netherlands sets an Olympic record and defends his title in the men's 5,000 meters. He wins amid cheers from the king, queen and prime minister of his country while leading a 1-2-3 Dutch sweep. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 741 words, photos.
OLY--XXC-WOMEN'S 15K SKIATHLON
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Marit Bjoergen lives up to her billing as the big favorite by winning the women's 15-kilometer skiathlon at Sochi, giving the Norwegian cross-country skier her fourth career Olympic gold medal. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Norwegian great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen wins his seventh career Olympic gold medal as biathlon begins with the men's 10-kilometer sprint. He turned 40 last month, making him the oldest winner of an individual biathlon competition at any Olympics. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 722 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — BC-OLY--BIA-SHIPULIN'S MISS. By Mattias Karen. 353 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Shaun White is at peace with his decision to skip slopestyle in Sochi and focus on the halfpipe, where he goes for his third straight Olympic gold medal in the event Tuesday. He tells the AP: "You set your goals according to what's important to you." By Eddie Pells. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— OLY--SKI-Downhill Danger. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— OLY--SKI-Women's Downhill Training. By Pat Graham. SENT: 600 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Flat cap. Soccer socks. Knickers. Just another outfit for Norway's funky men's curling team, which shot to global fame during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 with their diamond-printed golf pants. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, California — Teammates from around the NHL, Russia's Kontinental Hockey League and Europe's domestic leagues are heading to Sochi under the same flag, hoping their long-term bond will pay off in the Olympic sprint. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 750 words.
— MOSCOW — OLY--Sochi-Stray Dogs. SENT: 123 words.
— KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — OLY--XXC-Jacobsen-Brother Dies. SENT: 130 words.
— KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — OLY--FRE-Voisin Injured. SENT: 120 words.